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Proper storage keeps handbags fashionable

By Kathryn Weber
Tribune Content Agency

There’s lots of talk about shoe collections and women’s love of shoe shopping these days. But there’s another fashion accessory that women love: handbags.

From clutches to totes, purse collections have expanded so much that storage can become a problem. And with the price of purses, storing them well protects your investment.

Because purse sizes vary, it’s a good idea to use different types of storage. One of the best ways to store your purses is to keep them upright on a shelf. Take a tip from department stores and keep them filled with wadded paper. This not only keeps them standing, but also helps maintain their structure.

Be sure to push paper into the bottom corners of the handbag, so they don’t crimp. The bottom corners are natural spots for handbags to lose their structure.

Chances are if your handbags are designer brands, they came with a fabric or felt drawstring bag to protect them. The problem with these covers is that they make the handbags hard to see on the shelf when you’re “shopping” your closet for just the right purse to go with your outfit. Having a dust cover protects bags from scratches and dust, but makes finding a handbag less convenient.

Different handbag styles require different types of storage. For clutches, try a covered storage box. Whether you select a fabric box with a lid or a plastic storage container is up to you. However, a clear storage container will enable you to see your handbags so you will likely use them more often. Clutches can be “filed” in a storage container by size, or by color if you prefer.

Larger handbags can be placed on a shelf, but there are other options if you’re short on shelf space. The Clear PEVA 8-Pocket Handbag File from the Container Store (containerstore.com) is an option if you have space to hang it on a rod. You can also hang it over a door.

Another storage idea is to use the space above the shelf over your closet rod. Consider adding a rod here and using rings to hold handbags individually.

Yet another option is taking a cue from fashion merchandising and displaying your prettiest handbags on glass shelving or in individual cubbies. If space is at a premium, add some hooks to the side of shelves to hold your handbags by the handles. Renting? Use Command Hooks by 3M. They’ll hold the weight and can be removed when you leave.

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