Fall is around the corner and while we love our summer clothes and sundresses, we're ready to slip into our boyfriend jeans, cozy sweaters, plaid scarves, boots, belts and grab our favorite leather bags. This also means it's time to look at your wardrobe and make sure it's as ready and organized as you are.
1. DENIM STORAGE: There's no right and wrong way to hang or organize jeans, well except if they're piled on the floor somewhere then we need to take immediate action. How you organize your jeans is a personal choice and depends on two factors: 1. the number of pairs of jeans in your collection and 2. how much space you have to store them.
For the die-hard jean collectors, you can organize your denim by cut, brand, color, or style. If folding is your game, neat stacks separated by shelf dividers is the way to go. You can also store them in bins and nest them into your closet shelves. If you're short on space, it's a smart way of keeping every pair accessible and by treating the bin like a filing cabinet, each pair is viewable at a glance. We prefer to hang our jeans using pant hangers to keep them wrinkle free and easy to find. To save closet space, you can use a multi-pant hanger to hang multiple pairs on one hanger. We also like to use wall hooks for our favorite go to pairs. Whatever your preference, the essentials to organizing your jeans can be found here.
2. SWEATER STORAGE: Brisk mornings, chilly offices, cool evenings and Saturday shopping. You're going to need a sweater (or two) and then you'll need the tools to organize them. Caring for sweaters is important if you want them cozy and keeping their shape for long winters to come. Basically, don’t hang sweaters, ever. The weight of a sweater on a hanger will give you unwanted shoulder room faster than you can say "I love the 80's." Instead, the best way to store and organize your sweaters is to use sweater storage boxes, cedar shirt and sweater boxes, hanging sweater storage or to stack + fold them on the top of your closet using shelf dividers to keep them neatly stacked.
We like to color code our sweaters light to dark and then by weight, because chances are you’re going for lightweight in spring and fall, heavyweight all winter long. If heavy wool or cashmere hangs in your closet, cedar lined products are no joke, my friend. They are proven to prevent pesky moths from ruining your favorite chunky knits.
3. SCARF STORAGE: Whether you live in the land of sun or snow, you probably have a fairly large scarf collection that you need to organize. There are scarf storage solutions that range from every size closet and wall capacity, all with a goal to make scarves easily accessible and visible so you actually wear them. While a storage box might seem like a clutter-free idea, you might as well consider your scarves gone because you will forget they’re even there. The best way to store your scarves is to put them on display by using a wall rack, wall hooks, over-the-door hooks, towel bar, or scarf holder that fits over the rod of your closet. In a short DIY scarf organizing session, you can easily drape scarves in a visible, and organized fashion that will keep your favorite scarves almost at your fingertips.
We just can't wait to wear our red Hunter Boots. Can you tell? Actually the same holds true for our library of boots and the ones we're dying to add to our cart this season.
4. BOOT STORAGE: Take a good look at the closets of fashion blogger, Rach Parcell of Pink Peonies, philanthropist, Sylvia Mantella (read her story because I love her) via The Coveteur and the fancy footwork of the infamous Lisa Adams of LA Closet Design. We're talking major boot storage here, people.
Let's get down to boot business. Now that Fall has arrived, it’s time to get your boots in order. End of story and beginning of well organized "winter closet", as we say. While short boots can be easily boxed and stacked or lined up on a standard size shoe rack, winter boots on the other hand can take up a lot of space, so we recommend hanging them if you don’t have open shelf space available. Sturdy boots, such as rain (hello, Hunter's!) or snow boots can be stored in more ways than dress boots, by using a shelf or boot bin. Dress boots should be stored more carefully, the goal is to keep the bootleg upright so you can maintain the shape of your boot leg. We recommend investing in boot shapers or a boot tree to safely store your knees highs. Our personal favorite is the classic plastic boot box. They fit everything from UGGS to knee highs and can be stacked neatly to easily access any pair.
5. BELT STORAGE: We LOVE belts and we’re often asked the question - “what’s the best way to organize belts?”. Like anything else, belts should be stored in a way that is most convenient to the size of your collection and how often you access them.
Take it down to the 4 methods of belt organization:
- Wall Hooks: Our preferred method to organizing our belt collection is to hang them using a wall mounted rack with enough prongs to organize our belts by color, print, pattern and length. You can also use single wall hooks if you prefer mounting hooks individually in a row, or creating a stagger effect for an element of design.
- Belt Hangers: If you don’t want to put holes in the wall, we have belt hangers specifically designed to hold a belt collection that hangs right from your closet rod.
- Create a hanging system: By using a wall mounted towel bar & “S” hooks, you can customize your belt storage to fit your needs.
- Divide into drawers: If you prefer to keep your belts contained in drawers or on a closet shelf, we recommend using a divided box or drawer dividers to sort your collection. This way, you know exactly where to find the piece you’re looking for at a moments notice.
Our favorite hanging belt storage tip: Have trouble hanging belts with small buckles on a wall rack because the buckle won't fit over the hooks? Us, too. Use a belt hanger, designed with hooks to hold small buckles. Works like a charm.
6. HANDBAG STORAGE: If you’ve invested in a gorgeous handbag collection, you’ll need a functional place to keep them safe, organized and ready to wear. Hanging them from every doorknob in your house simply isn’t going to cut it, so we’ve complied a few different ways to organize handbags and clutches without taking over your closet.
- Clutch Dividers: Have you heard of the GLAMdivide? We mean. A GLAMdivide is without a doubt the best way to store clutches and smaller handbags. It sits right on your closet shelf and displays your handbags to grab on the go. BTW, they're also stackable.
- Hanging Purse Organizer: Designed specifically to hold your handbag collection and to hang purses right in your closet. Each divided pocket holds a bag that can be easily removed at a moments notice. If you have a collection of particularly large bags, hanging sweater shelves work well for purses, too. Adversely, hanging shoe organizers are great for smaller bags and clutches.
- Storage Bins: If you’d rather store handbags under the bed or on a closet shelf, find a medium to large sized basket or bin to nest on a shelf. Some of us prefer open bins that are easy to file clutches in and take out as needed, while others like a covered bin depending on the amount of dust that makes its way into your closet.
- Over door storage: Utilizing door space for handbags is another good solution to keep handbags off the floor and out of the way. Using over the door racks? Hang your long strapped bags in the back so they hang low – then work your way to short straps in the front to maximize the hook capacity.
Is everyone as ready as we are to get their plaid on?
xx // allie + deb