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10 Creative Ways to Store Handbags That Take Up Less Space!

Adriana Aziz
November, 30, 2023
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Whether you have a small or large collection of purses and bags for different occasions, storing them in a way that is accessible and tidy can be tricky. Handbags and purses strewn around the room, hanging over chairs, and sometimes even lying on the floor, can create clutter, and leave the space looking very messy. On top of this, it is difficult to locate the bag you want when none of them are stored properly. 

Of course, this needn’t be the case because there are many clever ways to organise handbags to help maximise storage space, and keep the bags neat and intact. Moreover, storing your purses properly can help extend their shelf life, and keep them looking newer for longer. This, in turn, saves you from having to buy more bags to replace the ones that got ruined due to improper storage!

Now, the best way to store handbags for you will depend on the space you have at your disposal. That said, even if it seems like there is no room for them, these handbag storage ideas will leave you pleasantly surprised! 

10 Ways to Store Handbags

assortment of handbags stored in a drawer

From storing bags and purses discreetly in closets, to having them on full display to show off your beautiful collection; before choosing any of the storage options below, consider all the bags you have, the amount of storage space available, and then decide which one is best for you. 

1. In Drawers

One easy way to store handbags is in large drawers in your closet. Particularly if the drawers sit  below eye level, you will be able to pick and choose your bags at a glance. You can use a drawer divider to help keep your handbags upright. Having your hard purses and bags sit upright will preserve their shape whilst also saving them from getting crushed and creased. Equally important is having them easily accessible when you are getting ready and/or running late! 

2. In Baskets or Clear Plastic Tubs

Storing bags in big baskets or tubs with lids can be handy as these can be stored discreetly under the bed whilst also being accessible. A good tip to maximise space inside the basket or container is to put smaller bags inside bigger bags. Tubs with lids can keep dust away from your bags, however, it is advisable to air them out every few weeks by simply opening the lid. Avoid stuffing purses and bags into the baskets as the materials need a little room to breathe. 

3. On Shelves

Another easy way to store your bags is to line them up, and have them sit side by side along a top shelf in your closet. This makes them easy to store, and just as easy to access. Moreover, this option is favourable as it allows the bags to breathe, thus helping to preserve the material. You can use acrylic dividers to space your purses and handbags out on the shelf, or clear dividers which will help you easily spot your bags. You can also use wire baskets or magazine holders to store your bags upright on the shelf. If you don’t have a shelf in your closet, consider adding one to create this much needed storage space for your bags! 

4. On Hooks on a Rack

By using metal or plastic rings like shower curtain rings on your closet rod, you can hook your handbags all along your closet, or even on an external rack. These allow your bags to hang neatly alongside each other, making storage easy and quick, and keeping the handbags easily within reach. 

5. On Hooks Behind Doors

If you have limited space in your home, consider placing hooks behind the bedroom door, or on the inside of your cupboard to hang and organise handbags. Similarly, this can also be done along an empty wall in your bedroom.

6. In Storage Blocks or Storage Cubes

Many stores sell storage blocks or cubes that have several different compartments in them. Storing your handbags in these blocks can help you separate them according to their color, style, or occasion. 

7. In Detachable Wire Baskets

These are a great storage option for bags and purses as wire baskets can be attached to doors or cupboards. You can have several wire baskets placed vertically on the door, one below the other, thus increasing your storage space without making any major changes in your home. 

8. Display Shelves

If you wish to display your bags, you can purchase clear display units or storage units made of clear acrylic that can be mounted on the walls. This is one way of increasing your storage space at home whilst also showcasing your handbag collection. When purchasing them, consider the sizes of your larger bags to ensure that they will be accommodated without getting crushed or creased. You can also store your bags on a bookshelf if you already have one. The bags can be lined up to look aesthetically pleasing, and enhance the décor of your room. 

9. Purse Organizers

With purse organizers, you can hook them up inside your closet to store handbags. They usually have a transparent surface that allows clear viewing of the bag inside them. 

10. Glass Cabinets

If you have a lot of bags and accessories, and the space to accommodate a cupboard, consider having a glass-fronted cabinet for your handbags. A clear glass door will help you easily spot a bag to match your outfit whilst also keeping them free from dust, bugs, and moisture in the air. 

Tips to Maintain Your Bags When Storing

assorted handbags stored in an open shelf

  • After a bag has been used, wipe it down with a clean, dry cloth before storing it. Empty the bag of your personal contents, and turn it upside down to dust out any debris. If the bag is made of suede or untreated leather, dust it with a paper towel. If the bag is made of a harder, moisture-resistant material, consider using a damp cloth to wipe it down. You can also use a lint roller to remove any specks of dust or dirt. Make sure the bag is completely dry before storing it again. 
  • If you live in a hot and humid area, mould can be a nuisance that ruins many of your bags. Distilled white vinegar helps to kill mould/mildew, and reduces the chances of new spores growing. Simply make a mixture of equal parts water and vinegar, and wipe your bags with a cloth dipped in this solution. Ensure the material of the bag is resistant to water/moisture before you do this. Always allow your bags to dry completely before storing them. 
  • Air your bags out at least once a month, and avoid leaving them in dark, humid places for too long.
  • Avoid squashing your bags closely together whilst storing them. This can cause the surface of many materials to sweat as it does not have enough space to breathe.
  • Storing your bags out in the open can cause dust to collect on them which then requires frequent cleaning. Moreover, for allergy sufferers, this can cause havoc to their health. Consider using dust bags to avoid dust or insects collecting in your bags. 
  • Another important factor is maintaining the shape of your bags. Some bags are made of softer materials, and can lose their shape easily. Consider stuffing some form of cloth or paper inside your bags whilst they are being stored. You can use old bed sheets, towels, clothes, or even other bags for this.
  • Consider the weight of the bag when storing. It is advised not to hang heavy bags on hooks as this can wear out the straps. Instead, allow heavier bags to sit on a base rather than hanging them. 
  • Large cloth tote bags can be kept lying horizontally to avoid them getting creased. 

With that, we are sure you will enjoy the self-satisfaction of organising purses and bags with these helpful handbag storage ideas! 

Adriana Aziz is the operations manager at MaidForYou. With over 6 years of experience managing cleaning operations, she knows all the best hacks when it comes to cleaning residential and commercial buildings. With expert experience in managing house cleaning operations, interior design and logistics. She spends her free time with her family and as a freelance food critic.

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