The Ultimate Guide to Organizing Bags & Purses

The Ultimate Guide to Organizing Bags & Purses

Nancy Mitchell
Jun 15, 2017
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I am not a purse fiend, by any means (although I pass no judgement on those who are. I have collected many things that are much less useful. Like rocks. You can't put your wallet inside a rock. Although I would, if I could). But even with my 4 - 5 bags, I have encountered the dilemma of where to put those suckers. Simply placed on a shelf, they tend to flop over and lose their shape and just look sad. And the typical American closet, although it may have a little shoe storage, has no dedicated purse storage whatsoever. That's where this guide comes in — full of creative solutions that take care of your collection, whether you have two bags or two hundred.

Inside the Closet:

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#1: Take Advantage of Your Hanging Space

This is for those of us who (lucky you!) have plenty of hanging space. You can easily turn that hanging space into purse storage space with shower curtain rings. Any kind of shower curtain rings will do, but this particular style, as seen on I Heart Organizing, has ball bearings to glide smoothly over the closet rod.

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#2: Use The Back Of The Door

This back-of-the-door rack is one of the more attractive options I've seen for recapturing the unused bit of space behind your closet door. Chain purse organizer, $14.99 from The Container Store. (If you only have a few bags, just a few hooks mounted to the back of the door will get the job done.)

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#3: Stack Your Bags Vertically

These acrylic purse organizers, spotted on The Coveteur, immediately caught my eye. They're a beautiful way to organize smaller bags and still be able to see your whole collection. The downside is that they're a bit pricey: the smaller ones are available from WalMart for $69.91, and you can get the larger size at Glamboxes for $179.

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For smaller purses, this 6-section organizer ($39.99 from The Container Store) will do the trick.

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This built-in purse shelf, in a closet from Rue Mag, is obviously dreamy. If you're in the position to design a custom closet (lucky you!), then I would highly recommend it.

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Here's something similar you can build yourself, from Polished Habitat. The adjustable organizer at the bottom was created by routing grooves in the top shelf, and then cutting sheets of acrylic for the dividers. You can read about that process here. The wall-mounted clutch holders, although they may look fancy, are also a DIY. Get the full instructions here.

#4: Divide To Conquer The Clutter

The problem with just placing purses on a shelf is that many bags don't have a lot of structural integrity, and they just wind up falling and floofing all over the place. It can get messy. So that's where these organizers come in.

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The photo here shows sweaters, but shelf dividers can also be a great way to organize bags. I like these translucent ones, which have a nice, minimal aspect, and a valet hook on the end (that can also hold more purses). Clear shelf dividers, $9.99 each from The Container Store.

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Another way to organize purses and keep them from flopping all over each other is with a purse storage bin like this one, available for $19.99 from The Container Store.

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Also noteworthy: the letter organizer used to store clutches.

Outside the closet:

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#1: Mount a Hanging Bar To The Wall

If you don't have a lot of extra hanging space but you do have a little extra wall space, you can mount a rail to the wall (like a towel bar or pot rail that you'd typically see in a kitchen) and add s-hooks to it to hang your bags. This example, from Refinery29, uses hardware from IKEA.

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#2: Hang Them Up

If your closet is just plain full, it may be time to look for purse storage outside the closet. The easiest way? Hooks.

This hook's wider design makes it perfect for holding the handles of a bag, and as a bonus, it looks pretty, too. Metal triangle wall hook, $16 from Urban Outfitters.

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Don't feel like spending a ton of money on fancy wall hooks? A Beautiful Mess has a tutorial for making your own from wooden cabinet knobs.

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A whole rack provides homes for multiple bags. Clara wall hook, $34 from Urban Outfitters.

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This wall hanger, made from a slice 0f live-edge wood and some hardware store-standard hooks, looks like a fairly simple DIY. Spotted in a Georgia home from The Everygirl.

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#3: Make a Pretty Purse Display

A dedicated shelf for bags, like this one spotted on Shop Style, is one way to solve a storage dilemma — and a nice way to enjoy your bags even when you're not using them. If dust is a concern, try a cabinet with glass doors.

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Re-edited from a post originally published 1.3.17

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