Closet Organisation: Belts and Scarves

So, you might have noticed that I don’t tend to wear a whole lot of accessories.

I’ll be completely honest: it’s partly that I’m lazy I like to keep things simple. I’ve always been a fan of very simple, unfussy silhouettes, and I’ve never been big on OMGLAYERING, or the idea that you should always “add a colourful accesory!” to give you outfit a “pop” of colour. I leave that kind of thing to the people who are actually good at it.

It’s mostly, however, because my accessory collection is normally such a mess that I can’t find anything, and so don’t even try. In our last house, for instance,  my belts and scarves were all draped on a collection of coat-hangers, and then buried at the very back of a closet. Every time I tried to remove a hanger to find something, the whole lot would go sliding to the floor, and I’d have to spend the next 20 minutes sorting through them all, and then putting them back so I could repeat the whole sorry performance the next day. Except I DIDN’T repeat it the next day, because the next day I’d just open the closet door, look inside and think, “Nah, don’t think so…” then be on my way, my usual, un-accessorised self.

In this house, I’m determined that things will be different. I already wrote a bit about how super-organised I want the house to be, and I’m starting off with my closet. Which Terry is currently in the process of building for me now. I KNOW. I am so excited to finally have a walk-in closet, and am imagining it will be a bit like having a tiny clothes store in my house. Living the dream here, people.

Anyway! The closet itself will hold my clothes and shoes, but I still needed to solve the problem of the accessories, so a couple of weeks ago I ordered a few different accessory-storage-type items to try out, starting off with this guy, which cost me all of £4.50, but which holds most of my belts, with room to spare:

closet organisation: belt storage

The little rubber bits at the top of the photo come apart to allow you to slide the buckle through, then when you want to take a belt off it, you just spin it around until the one you want is next to the opening, et voila. It hangs up in the closet via a hook at the top, and I like it because the belts can’t all just fall off the second you touch them, like they did with my last, um, “solution”.

I say “most of” my belts: that’s actually ALL of the regular belts I own. I also, however, have a small collection of elasticated waspie belts which this doesn’t work for because they have snap closures rather than buckles, so I put them on this:

belt storage

Yeah, it’s just a boring old trouser hanger, which was previously used for – you guessed it! – trousers. I actually hate these hangers for trousers, because the ones on the bottom rung get covered by the ones on the rungs above them, so you have to rummage through layers of trousers to find what you’re looking for. Also, I seem to be physically incapable of folding trousers over these things without them getting little crease marks in the corners, and I HATE that, so I put the trousers on a different set of hangers, and used this for the belts. It has the same drawbacks for belts as it did for trousers, of course, in that the ones on the top hang over the ones on the bottom (I have more than three belts, by the way: I just put these three on for, er, artistic reasons. Yes.), but hey, first world problems: it’ll do for now.

Which brings me to the scarves. Oh, the scarves. They were everywhere, people. EVERYWHERE. Well, OK, they weren’t really EVERYWHERE: they were mostly crammed into the back of that same closet, on one of those same trouser hangers pictured above (yeah, that’s totally not going to work out for those belts, is it? What was I thinking?). And then they were mostly on the floor of that closet, because they’d slip off the hanger, and I wouldn’t realise until I wanted to wear one, and discover it on the floor in a crumpled mess. So I bought them this, also from the appropriately-named Hangerworld:

scarf hanger

It was £10, which, I dunno, seemed like quite a lot for a piece of wood with some holes in it? If I was the crafty type, I’d have made it myself, from some wood I salvaged from a shipwreck, or whatever it is crafty types do. But I’m not a crafty type, obviously (Can you tell?), so I coughed up the £10 instead. “Only the best for my scarves!” I said confidently, as I pressed the “Buy Now” button. “Because they’re WORTH it!”

(OK, I wrote all of that before I went to get the link from the site, and now that I have, I see the hanger was actually only £8.95. So that’s TOTALLY different.)

Here’s what it looks like all scarved-up:

scarf storage

It’s quite exciting, this post, isn’t it? I mean, first I show you belts, next I show you scarves. “WHAT WILL SHE THRILL AND AMAZE US WITH NEXT?” I hear you ask. Well, how abot MOAR SCARVES? Because you wouldn’t think it to look at me, but I don’t only have ten scarves. I DID only have one scarf hanger, with ten holes, though, and I sure as hell wasn’t shelling out ANOTHER £8.95 (I mean, the scarves may be worth it, but they’re not THAT great, ya know?), so I headed to good old Ikea, and got me a Komplement:

Ikea Komplement storage

(Thanks to Terry for taking on scarf-storage modelling duties here: one for the C.V. for sure!)

So, this isn’t totally ideal either, but honestly, I was REALLY bored with the whole scarf thing by that point, as I’m sure you are too, so I’m going to leave it for now and see how I get on with it. In the meantime, do tell: how do you store accessories like scarves and belts? Go on, teach me your ways…