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Jewelry, belts, shoes, and purses are the favorites of any wardrobe, but the odd shapes require special storage solutions. See how hooks, boxes, bookcases, and more can solve this tricky problem.
Deniece Schofield, author of Confessions of an Organized Homemaker, says glide-out units make it easier to choose accessories by retrieving and replacing items in a one-step motion. The goal is to minimize barriers so everything can be reached with ease.
Consider making or purchasing a platform bed outfitted with storage drawers. In addition to offering firm support, this bed base boasts six drawers -- three on each side -- that provide space to stow away seasonal apparel, undergarments, and more. And when everything fits neatly into the bed, there’s no need for a dresser.
This spacious closet's glamorous wall of shoes offers retail-quality visuals and easy access to heels, flats, and everything in between. If space permits, consider outfitting your own walk-in closet with over-the-door shoe racks, slanted shelving, wall-mount shoe racks, or hanging shoe holders.
Socks can't go astray when the drawer is divided into neat sections just right for one or two pairs. This plastic grid adjusts to fit various drawer sizes. Other options include spring-loaded metal dividers or interlocking boxes. A narrow tray offers a spot to tuck difficult-to-store ties.
If drawer space is at a premium in your dresser or closet, set your sights on creative storage containers. Here, a metal lunch box provides storage space for hosiery and rolled belts. Clear acrylic trays designed to organize office supplies or kitchen utensils bring beautiful order to the small container.
When jewelry is neatly organized, it's easy to find the piece you're looking for. Here, a tiny shelving unit lends storage and display space for a collection of favorite gems. A small frame outfitted with hooks provides a convenient spot to hang often-worn pieces, while small trays and storage containers on the lower shelves offer spots for smaller items like earrings and rings.
Fill the compartments of small art-supply trays with necklaces, bracelets, rings, and more. If necessary, organize the space inside the drawers by creating wooden or acrylic partitions. To ensure a good fit, measure the length, depth, and width of the largest item you plan to store before dividing the drawer. To prevent necklaces and bracelets from tangling, store the chains in clearly labeled velvet or anti-tarnish bags so you can determine the contents at a glance.
Whether hidden behind cabinet doors or attached to a wall inside a walk-in closet, retractable belt and tie holders can keep a plethora of long and narrow items neat and tidy within a small amount of space. Choose a combination of holders to match the number and type of items you plan to store, allowing enough openings for acquisitions. The hooks are also great for holding scarves, necklaces, and small purses.
A collection of patterned storage boxes provides a spot to stow away bulky purses. The bottom box of each pair is set on tiny casters that make it easy to wheel the unit around for access. Store favorite and seasonal bags in the top boxes, and switch them out as the seasons change.
Design a walk-in closet as you would any other room in your house by balancing function, comfort, and style. Start by taking inventory of practical needs. Where will you put a hamper, wastebasket, and full-length mirror? This closet features a rolling hamper that can be wheeled to the laundry room, roll-out baskets for purses and hats, and shelving cubbies for jeans and other items. A pair of narrow cabinets houses small accessories such as belts, scarves, and more.
Design a walk-in closet as you would any other room in your house by balancing function, comfort, and style. Start by taking inventory of practical needs. Where will you put a hamper, wastebasket, and full-length mirror? This closet features a rolling hamper that can be wheeled to the laundry room, roll-out baskets for purses and hats. A pair of narrow cabinets houses small accessories such as belts, scarves, and more.