How I Store and Organize my Scarves

posted by Andrea | 12/8/2016
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Scarves are my most favorite accessory — other than the stud earrings I wear daily.

I don’t wear necklaces, I don’t wear rings (other than my wedding band), I don’t wear belts, I don’t wear hats or any other hair accessories, I don’t have lots of cute shoes, and aside from my wristlet wallet and my diaper bag, I don’t even carry any cute bags these days.

But scarves… that’s a different story. I have several scarves and I wear one almost every single day from early fall through late spring. I even have a couple really light-weight scarves I wear in the summer!

I love scarves so much, I even did a rare video blog about how I tie my scarves!

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When it comes to storing all my scarves, I use a pretty simple system that takes up very little space in my closet and keeps my favorite accessories easily accessible as I quickly get dressed each morning.

My storage solution costs almost nothing and requires very little (if any) tools to put into place.

1. Infinity scarves = rolled and put in an over-the-door shoe organizer.

I don’t like it when my scarves are wrinkly… and I don’t iron, so my solution is to roll my infinity scarves and place them in the pockets of an over-the-door shoe organize. This way, they are never wrinkly and I can always see all my scarves through the pockets of my shoe organizer.

I can even double-up some of my thinner scarves and put 2 in a pocket!

We have french doors on our closet (which I did purposely so we could utilize the back sides of the doors). However, even if you don’t have French doors on your closet, you could still hang a shoe organizer on the back wall of your closet, on the back of your bedroom door, or even just cut one row of the shoe organizer off and screw or nail it somewhere inside your closet.

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2. Regular scarves = hung over a hanger.

Simple, easy, inexpensive, self-explanatory!

I only use one hanger, but if you have more scarves than I do, you could use multiple hangers and color-code them, or organize them by “weight”.

Also, I use a non-slip velvet hanger so they don’t slide off the hanger and fall to the floor.

You could also purchase a nifty scarf hanger like the one below to keep things super organized (but after several years of using a basic hanger, I can assure you it works just fine for 5-7 scarves!)

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I’m positive there are many other ways to organize scarves… but this system has worked well for me for almost 5 years now (and I’ve acquired many more scarves in the past 5 years)!

As I mentioned above, it’s a very frugal system that requires almost no “setup” or installation. It’s also very simple to maintain, which means my scarves always stay neat and organized.

Do you use any other methods to organize your scarves?

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17 comments

  1. Sharon

    12/09/2016

    I punched holes in some of those clear plastic coat hangers and inserted binder rings for the scarves. I do have to pull the hangers out to get to some of the scarves, but it’s not very difficult. Being able to open the rings is very helpful for my fancy crocheted scarves.

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    Andrea Reply:

    that’s a good idea!

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  2. Annette Robinson

    12/09/2016

    Andrea, I like scarves, also, but was so frustrated with the space they took up in my closet. I finally found a solution that works great. I fold them and roll them until they are about 8″ long and 2-3″ round. I have a large rectangular basket about 6-8″ deep and store the rolled up scarves in it. I keep it on my closet shelf. It’s easy to see them all at once. It is sort of a Kon Mari method although I got the inspiration from a different blog.

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    Andrea Reply:

    yes, that’s basically what I do when I roll them into the over-the-door shoe organizer — it’s nice because they don’t get wrinkly at all!

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  3. Shelly Cluff

    12/08/2016

    I probably have way more scarves than I should (I’m working on the whole minimalist thing :)), but I bought an over the door hanger with several hooks and would hang that on my closet door. I could easily store 15 or so scarves and they were nice and easy to hang up and grab off. I’ve been really happy with it.

    A quick google search gave me a link to basically what I use: http://www.jcpenney.com/home-basics-6-hook-chrome-over-the-door-hanging-rack/prod.jump?ppId=pp5006710292&rrec=true&rrplacementtype=product4_rr

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  4. JoDi

    12/08/2016

    Love these tips! Pocket shoe organizers are so handy! I use one for tights, long underwear, and other accessories. If you can’t hang it over a door, another good option is to clip a skirt hanger to the top and hang it from a dress height clothes rod in the closet. That’s what I do with mine because I prefer to have hooks on the back of my door for my pajamas and robe.

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  5. JoDi

    12/08/2016

    Love these tips! Pocket shoe organizers are so handy! I use one for tights, long underwear, and other accessories. If you don’t have a door to hang it on, another good option is to clip a skirt hanger to the top and hang it from a dress height clothes rod. That’s how I hang mine because I prefer to have hooks on the back of my door for my pajamas and robe.

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  6. Debbie

    12/08/2016

    I like scarves too, depending on the outfit I’m wearing. I’m wearing an infinity sweater material scarf right now. 🙂 I use the nifty scarf hanger for my long scarves, but I’m not very with it yet. It’s hanging on the back end of the long hanging clothes and I find I have to scoot the other clothes out of the way for me to see what’s there. I tried other places to hang it but basically the same problem. We don’t have a door on our walk-in closet so I cant hang it there. I also don’t like to use the back of the bedroom door for hanging. One of these days I’ll figure it out.

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    Andrea Reply:

    just keep trying different things — you’ll come up with a system that works for you eventually! You could even roll them up and put them in a drawer.

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  7. Morgan McBride

    12/08/2016

    LOVE scarves too! I wear the same very simple jewelry every day but love a good scarf! I store mine on a towel rod!

    http://www.charlestoncrafted.com/2014/01/02/store-your-scarves-on-a-towel-rack/

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    Andrea Reply:

    This is a great idea! Thanks for sharing the link too!

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  8. Amy Lee

    12/08/2016

    What a timely post. Just last night I was trying to figure out a better way to store my scarves. Love the video too! I just retied my scarf after watching your tutorial because I loved the look. Thanks!

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    Andrea Reply:

    haha — thanks! Hopefully this idea works for you too!

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  9. Beatriz

    12/08/2016

    Other than wearing scarves in the winter due to the cold I am not a fan. I always think it looks so cute on other people but I feel like I’m being choked whenever I wear one. 🙁

    Especially sad because I love to knit scarves.

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    Andrea Reply:

    oh that is sad 🙁 You could probably make a few people on your gift list very happy though! Hand-knit infinity scarves are some of my favorites!

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  10. Carlen

    12/08/2016

    I love scarves, too! I recently paired down my collection to 4, two infinity and two regular. I keep them hung on a lovely wooden hanger that I was given as a bridesmaid gift (it’s painted with my name and the wedding info, so I didn’t really want to use it for ‘regular’ clothes).

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    Andrea Reply:

    wow — good for you! Do you miss having more options? or not really?

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