I don’t know about you, lovelies, but if there’s something I find annoying when it comes to clothes and accessories, it’s the seasonal wardrobe switch.
Even if I’m looking forward to saying “goodbye, see you next winter” to my duvet jackets, chunky sweaters and scarves, doing the seasonal closet switch is bothering.
Everybody who doesn’t have a closet big enough to keep clothes and accessories happily all together knows that packing and unpacking them every 6 months is annoying.
We all dream about a big beautiful closet, right? Some of us have it, some of us don’t, yet (be optimistic!). For the record, my ideal closet looks a lot like Lauren Conrad’s (I read that she put her beautiful penthouse on the market for $3,2m, why can’t I afford it?) but without the zebra rug.
I’m sure that even if I had a closet like this, there wouldn’t be enough room, sooner or later. Probably I should write a post about decluttering, so in order to write it, I should seriously declutter!
Since it’s unlikely that we will stop buying clothes and shoes, at least we should learn some simple tricks to store our beloved shoes, bags and accesories.
Let’s start with the shoes. Many women like to keep the original box of their shoes, which is something I understand because some boxes are really cute and also because just looking at them make us feel like we have a treasure in our closet. I think that if Louboutin sold empty shoe boxes many women would buy them! Who knows… Maybe one day some designers will think about it.
Anyway, original boxes take a lot of room and don’t fit well, because of their different sizes. That’s why I decided to get rid of most of them and I kept only the ones of my biker boots and my MoonBoots. I bought some cute transparent boxes so the shoes inside are visible because I’m too lazy to take photos of every pair of shoes I own, print and attach them to every side of each shoe box. If you do it, you have my admiration. I think the best way to store shoes is inside a cabinet, because all those gorgeous shoe closets we see on Pinterest, like this one, are very pinnable, very instagrammable, but shoes get dusty after a few days.
Storing bags is even more difficult because of their different sizes and materials and because we should store them trying to keep them in shape. I don’t know about you, but when I saw Kate Moss’s bags closet I thought it was a bit messy, most of all the upper shelves.
Since I was tired of keeping my bags hung on the walls, when one of the hook fell and I found some of them on the floor, I decided it was time to change.
Now, I only keep the bags I use more hung and I put small clutches and purses in transparent boxes. Bigger bags, included Furla Candy Bag (not the most practical bag to store) stay on a shelf.
I admit this solution doesn’t make me happy because I dream of having all my bags together in the same place, possibly a cabinet.
I don’t use hats, except for a couple of berets, so I don’t have to store them. If I had many hats I think I would probably keep them in some boxes or roomy drawers.
You can store clothes in different ways. I tend to put sweaters and scarves in travel cases during summer and light dresses and tops in a big box during winter. To me, the big problem is that clothes get dusty and keeping dresses hung all year long can ruin them. Dresses should be stored lying on shelves but it’s quite impossible. I don’t know if you already know this, but you should never iron your clothes before storing them, otherwise they will yellow, most of all in correspondence of the folds.
If you live in some big US cities, and you don’t have enough room for all your beloved clothes and accessories, there’s a service that you might want to know about, MakeSpace.
How does MakeSpace work? It’s easy. You’ll pay to store your clothes, accessories, furniture based on how much room they take (as shown in the image). MakeSpace team will pick up your stuff and store it. When you’ll want it back, you will just have to book the delivery through the app.
If you’re one of those who, like me, would hesitate to entrust your beloved clothes and accessories to strangers, think about how useful MakeSpace would be to store your ski equipment or your bulky duvets during summer, your bike during winter, a piece of furniture you inherited but still don’t know where to put (a problem that I have, right now). MakeSpace would be super useful if you moved to a new apartment/house. During that transition period you could store some of your stuff, waiting to calmly arrange everything. Isn’t it amazing?
I hope you found this post helpful, and if you have any tips about the wardrobe switch, share them with me!