Quick and Easy Tips for Organizing Your Shoes, Belts, and Accessories

When your fashionable extras are thoughtfully arranged, finding just the right thing to complement an outfit is a snap. To start: Sort not just by type, but also by color or occasion (e.g., work, play, fancy), depending on how you dress. If chunky pieces are overtaking dainty jewelry holders, think outside the box: Try mug trees to hold bulky bracelets; wall-mounted hooks for hefty necklaces. Earrings and rings will fit into divided, stackable foam trays, which you can tuck into a drawer or larger container, while day-to-day items can stay out, without getting lost, on an attractive landing spot.

What to Keep, What to Toss

  • Keep special-occasion purses stocked with a few helpful items that are easy to forget: a mirror to check your makeup, a small amount of cash, business cards, a brush or comb. But avoid storing anything that could cause a mess: makeup, gum, candy, or potentially leaky pens. Related: How to Organize Your Purse
  • Toss accessories you no longer wear - but do it for a profit. Bring pieces in good condition to local consignment or thrift shops for cash back. Sell pricier pieces to gold-exchange services or to local jewelry stores or pawnshops.
  • Keep jewelry fix-it supplies nearby. Stop searching for lost earring backs - have a stash of extra stoppers (100 for $2.19, amazon.com). For small repair jobs, like broken clasps or loose costume-jewelry stones, stow needle-nose pliers and craft glue nearby.
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Shoe In
Stop shuffling through boxes; stow frequently worn pairs on a rack that won't warp shoes' natural shapes. Slide magazines or wrapping-paper rolls inside tall boots so tops will stay upright. Plastic containers (with airholes to let fabric breathe) can hold delicate individual pairs along with matching clutches or bags, protected by tissue paper or a pillowcase.

Related: Tips for Clean Your Shoes and Boots

Belt It Out

Hook belts and thin scarves onto separated hangers, or roll them (folding can cause creases) and stow in a drawer or bin. Meanwhile, corral purses, wraps, etc., in a hanging bin with upward-slanting compartments so items stay put, or along a shelf with dividers to stop totes from toppling over. Tuck in handbag handles to prevent damage.

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