By Ranya Fattouh, Glamour magazine
I'm a serious purse addict. I own at least 25 handbags and that's not counting the totes, suitcases and other travel bags I've collected over the years.
As obsessed as I am with bags, I know I'm not alone. Most of my girlfriend are either purse or shoe girls (or both!) and working at Glamour, I'm definitely surrounded by a fair share of bag aficionados. After recently moving into a new home and trying to figure out where to put all my bags, I realized I needed a new storage solution.
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Sounds like we could all use a little purse organization help, ladies! Here are some tips for keeping your bags neatly stored, no matter your budget:
If you've got a ton of ceiling space... Put hooks at the top of your ceiling from which to hang your satchels and shoulder bags. S hooks are sturdy, inexpensive and can hold at least two or three bags.
If you've got good closet space... Try acrylic shelf dividers. "They'll separate clutches from medium-sized totes, or you can sort them by color, size or style," says Melanie Fascitelli, President and Creative Director of Clos-ette (bonus: these also work for clothes and accessories).
If you're looking for easy, cheap ideas... Stuff your bags with tissue paper, craft paper or even old t-shirts and store them in the dust covers they came in to keep them in nearly-new condition.
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Have a friend come over and help you purge... "A friend will help you do the tough-love editing you need to do," Sullivan says. Or get creative, and use baskets that would hold throws and extra towels as purse storage.
"Buy clear storage bins, keep the bags in there, and put pictures of the bags on the outside of the bins so you know what's where" Rogers suggests.
"Use a leather cleaner," Fascitelli says. "It's not expensive and will keep everything shiny and clean."
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