The start of a new season always makes me want to clean out my closets and organize everything. Having a clean home makes me feel more calm and on top of things. In fact, organizing is my go-to stress reliever when I’m feeling anxious and out of control, which is like every day lately. Funnily enough, I have cleaned out almost every drawer, cabinet and closet in our house since the pandemic began — except my own closet (probably because I barely even open it these days). But as spring approaches and I contemplate actually getting dressed again, I want to get my entire closet organized, including my purses. While I’ve spent a lot of time creating organizational systems for my clothes and shoes, I haven’t found a good purse organization system.
Most of my handbag collection is just sitting in baskets right now. Even though I’m not using handbags much these days, I’d love to find a way to organize my purses so I can see them when getting dressed. I never wear half my bags, mostly because I’ve never really found a great purse organization system. While I don’t want my bags to be part of our room decor per se, I also don’t want them so tucked away that I can’t see them. Because you know, out of sight, out of mind, and those babies deserve to see the light of day.
The problem is I have to find a place to store my purses. When we were building closets in our room, I was so focused on having space for clothes and shoes, that I sort of forgot about all the handbags I’ve been collecting to pass down to my kids one day. So currently, they have no home. Bottom line: I need to find some creative purse organization ideas, because my husband is not keen on building any more closets in our room.
I spent a lot of time in the black hole of Pinterest looking for purse organization ideas and researching all the organization sites and books to find the best tips for storing and organizing purses. My goal before spring arrives is to get all my handbags in order once and for all. Here are the best ideas and inspiration I found for organizing your purses.
1. Line up bags on overhead shelves. Place the ones you use the least on the highest shelves and keep your everyday bags on lower shelves you can more easily reach. This approach to purse organization is great for closets with high shelves.
2. Use cubbies to keep bags organized. It’s like giving each purse its own home, which I love.
3. Sort purses.
4. Use clear dividers to organize purses on shelves or in cabinets.
5. Lay large totes flat on shelves.
6. Keep bags you use all the time front and center by using open shelves or cubbies.
7. Display bags on bookshelves.
8. Fill purses with tissue paper, dust bags, and/or t-shirts to keep them upright on shelves.
9. Use shelf dividers to keep bags upright and organized.
10. Turn a bookshelf into a purse cubby by adding hooks for tote bags and lining up clutches on shelves.
11. Love this purse organization hack: Hang totes on shower curtain rings.
12. Arrange totes along shower curtain rods.
13. Store small purses in plastic stacking shelves.
14. Light on space? Hang totes on a floor mirror.
15. Corral clutches in magazine files.
16. For a luxurious approach to purse organization, keep your bag collection safe in a cabinet.
17. Or display bags in an armoire with glass doors so you can see them.
18. An easy, budget-friendly approach to purse organization: Hang bags on wall hooks.
19. My favorite purse organization trick for small spaces: Line up bags on the back of your door.
20. Place clutches in open trays.
21. Use every bit of closet space when organizing your purses and install narrow baskets along closets walls.