Clothes Clutter: Organizing All Your Accessories

posted by Andrea | 08/13/2011

Earlier this week, I took you on a tour of our brand new Master Closet.

It was the first post in a series of posts I’m planning to do about “clothes clutter” and it gave me a good opportunity to  show you exactly how Dave and I keep all our clothes organized {and all in ONE closet!}.

However, after hearing feedback from many of you, I decided that accessories should be the next post in this series.

I think accessories are like food storage containers — they magically multiply without your knowledge – and before you know it, they’re everywhere!

If you feel like your accessories are taking over your closet, bedroom, bathroom, etc. Then let me give you a few tips to keep them organized — and show you how we keep our accessories organized.

Jewelry:

I keep my bracelets in an old star ice-mold that sits on the top of my dresser. It looks fantastic and makes it really easy to find what bracelet I want right away. Plus, if the mold starts to overflow, I know it’s time to purge. Cool bowls and baskets would also look nice.

Similarly, I keep all my earrings and rings in an old muffin tin. I actually keep this tin in one of our bathroom drawers so it doesn’t spill or tip over. Ice-cube trays are another great way to store earrings and rings in individual compartments – plus they stack!

 

I hang all my necklaces on an old ladder — simply by pounding nails into the ladder at differing heights. It’s nothing fancy, but it also serves as decoration for our bedroom and keeps my necklaces tangle free.

 

Unmentionables:

I got a TON of questions asking how I stored my underwear and socks — so although I never thought I would show a picture of my underwear drawer on the internet…. here it is!

It’s the very top drawer of my dresser and I use these clear plastic drawer organizers to keep everything in neat rows {yes, I always fold my underwear!} Also, I should mention that I actually have a double layer of socks on the right side of the drawer — heavy wool socks and tights/nylons on the bottom; athletic socks and dress socks on top.

 

Tank Tops / T-shirts / Athletic Clothes:

I have quite a few tank tops, t-shirts, and athletic clothes because that is what I wear most often. I usually wear a tank top under everything, and the minute I get home, I change into a t-shirt. So I like to keep these items easily available and very visible.

As you can see by the pictures below, I fold all my shirts and stack them “horizontally” instead of in a vertical pile — that way I can see every single shirt when I open the drawer. Tank tops and PJ’s are in the 2nd dresser drawer, t-shirts and athletic gear are in the 3rd drawer.

 UPDATE: If you would like to see how I fold our t-shirt, click here!! 

 

Shoes:

Shoes were another thing I got a lot of questions about — and I realized shoe storage can be a huge pain, especially if you have big boots, and other more substantial shoes that take up all kinds of space.

I used to have a ton of shoes, but over the last few years, I’ve really cut back to just the basics — a good pair of black and brown flats, black and brown dress shoes, black and brown boots, a few flip flops, a few “cute” pairs, and then my tennis shoes. Besides the boots and running shoes, I keep everything in the basket below.

A few other ideas for shoes would be to use an over-the-door shoe organizer, put shoe shelves at the bottom of your closet, or even keep your shoes by the back door {if you have enough room there}.

 

Belts, Scarves, etc.

I just installed a clear over-the-door shoe organizer on the back of one of our closet doors to organize all our belts, scarves, and other mics. accessories – we LOVE it!!

Dave even decided to keep his MP3 player, cell phone, sunglasses, wallet, and watch in a few of the compartments {which means they won’t be sitting out on his dresser any more!}

As you can see, we still have plenty of space for more!

A few other ideas for belts and scarves are to install hooks, put the items in baskets, or just hang them on hangers.

 

Purses and Bags:

Over the past few years, I have REALLY tried to cut back in the purse department too! I have a nice bag for summer/spring and another one I like to use in the fall/winter. I also have a couple smaller bags as well as a couple dressier clutches…but that’s it.

I keep all my purses and bags on the top shelf of our closet. I stuff them with newspaper so they keep their shape and then put them inside cloth bags so they don’t get dusty.

 

So that’s how I organize our many different accessories.

Obviously, depending on the size of your closet, your bedroom, and the amount of accessories you have, my suggestions may or may not work for you. {too bad I can’t have ALL the answers!}

Do you have any suggestions that work well for your accessories?  I’d love to hear them!

And just because it’s been a while, here’s a picture from earlier this week {6 months along}

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74 comments

  1. Stacie

    07/15/2012

    I LOVE THIS! I found this on Pinterest & as an avid organizer am always looking for something to kick it up a notch!!! CAN NOT WAIT TO ORGANIZE MY SHIRTS!!! I chose to do the “framed window screen” for my earring organizing (so super cheap & easy plus…they never spill) & I had a couple plate holders (you know the ones that you display plates on the wall) never found plates for them so they became my necklace holders! Thanks for posting this…& explaining how you fold your shirts!

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  2. fightingcomet

    07/20/2012

    I found this linked from another blog, that I found on pinterest- this is a brilliant way to fold shirts! I just organized a couple of my drawers using your method, and I have so much more space now~

    Here’s my blog about it: http://fightingcomet.blogspot.com/2012/07/getting-organized-clothing-drawers.html

    I posted how I folded mine too, because I wear a L or XL, so I found folding the side with the sleeve made more room.

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  3. April

    07/30/2012

    Andrea, I love you ! You should win a Nobel prize for this.

    My drawers drive me crazy, no matter how many times I fold and put everything away nicely (for me, husband and 2 kids), they go back to their normal (!) messy state in about 2 days. So I have long given up and resigned to live with messy drawers for the rest of my life… That is untill I stumbled on your blog.

    Just now, I I did my drawers by your way of organizing and I can’t help myself shutting and openning them and looking at their contents with a smile. I know they won’t get messy anymore as I can see every single item. I keep thinking, why didn’t I think of this before ? So simple and so effective.

    Thank you for sharing !!

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  4. Theresa

    08/17/2012

    I saw someone asked, but didn’t see a response…how do you fold and organize your pants/jeans to save on space???? Love this. So neat, clean, and perfect to pick an outfit out of in a pinch with out ruining all the drawers!!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Theresa, I actually keep my jeans and pants in my closet, so I just fold them into thirds and stack them on the shelf. That way, I can easily see what pair of pants I’m grabbing — and I don’t take up drawer space.

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  5. Cindy Lou

    09/17/2012

    What a find! I did not know there was another organizing nut in this world! I will surely be looking again and I want to thank you for the hints.

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    Thank you for these organizing……

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  7. Meg

    10/19/2012

    This is so great!
    My boyfriend is a baseball hat freak! Does anyone have any ideas on how to keep them organized and looking tidy?

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    Meghann Reply:

    Meg, the best way is just like the ‘Lids’ store. Push the back of the hat toward the brim and they should sit in one another easily. They can go in a drawer or top shelf of a closet.

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  8. Joshua

    02/17/2013

    I was so excite about this… and I fold up all my shirts and got them ready to go… and my drawers are too shallow to stack them like that. :(

    SAD. FAIL.

    :)

    Guess I need that new dresser now. :)

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    Andrea Reply:

    Shoot — one other option would be to fold your shirts into thirds instead of in half (for the very last step). I’ve done this before in really shallow drawers and it creates the same effect. It might be worth a try before you purchase a new dresser :)

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