Living Space

Proper storage keeps handbags fashionable

Tribune Content AgencyJuly 26, 2013 

Piling purses onto a shelf, as shown here, is no way to preserve them. Instead, stuff them with wadded paper and set them upright, each in its own cubby if space permits.


From clutches to totes, purse collections have expanded so much that storage can become a problem. And with the price of purses, storing them well protects your investment.

One of the best ways to store your purses is to keep them upright on a shelf. Take a tip from department stores and keep them filled with wadded paper. This not only keeps them standing, but also helps maintain their structure.

For clutches, try a covered storage box. Whether you select a fabric box with a lid or a plastic storage container is up to you. However, a clear storage container will enable you to see your handbags so you will likely use them more often. Clutches can be “filed” in a storage container by size, or by color if you prefer.

Larger handbags can be placed on a shelf, but there are other options if you’re short on shelf space.

The Clear PEVA 8-Pocket Handbag File from the Container Store ( is an option if you have space to hang it on a rod. You can also hang it over a door.

Another storage idea is to use the space above the shelf over your closet rod. Consider adding a rod here and using rings to hold handbags individually.

If space is at a premium, add some hooks to the side of shelves to hold your handbags by the handles.

Are you renting? Use Command Hooks by 3M. They’ll hold the weight and can be removed when you leave.

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