Updated: Aug 14, 2022
Shall we blame Reese Witherspoon?
After all, it was after the episode that she guest starred on Netflix’s Get Organized with The Home Edit that many of us began to realize shoving all our handbags to the back of the closet and hoping for the best may not be the ideal purse storage solution.
And while we’re all still low-key obsessed with those clear acrylic hangers they used to hang her handbags with her clothes, not everyone can afford this much space or that price to hang one bag.
So, we decided it was time to let you all in on some purse storage secrets that we use with our clients.
Below you’ll find 13 amazing handbag storage solutions and five bonus tips, so be sure to read until the end!
13 Purse Storage Ideas You Don’t Want to Miss
#1 Chrome Metal Handbag Hangers
These small metal hangers are the perfect place to hang your frequently used bags next to your dresses or jackets.
The best part is that, unlike the ones used in Reese’s closet, these are compact and don’t take up as much room.
#2 Clear Dust Bags
For those of you who are committed to only storing one bag at a time or don’t want to hang your bags out of concern for the straps, invest in some clear dust bags.
Though this tends to be one of the pricier purse storage solutions, it’s great if you are limited on other options and have the money to spend on the dust bags.
#3 Wall-Mounted Organizers
If you have space in your closet, we highly suggest using wall hooks that are installed at shoulder height to provide easy access.
When you lack space in your bedroom, you can also consider investing in some nice hooks that you wouldn’t mind showing off in a hallway or entryway.
#4 Individual Hooks
For those who are really crafty or don’t have many handbags to hand, individual hooks mounted to the wall also work great.
The ideas are endless when you use these. And if you get really creative, you can find placement and spacing to craft 3D wall art using your purses.
#5 Coat Hooks
And speaking of hooks, mounted coat hooks are another great option that works well.
In fact, you may even find that these fit in better if you prefer minimalist decorations.
#6 Clear Plastic Totes
Much like you see on The Home Edit, we use a lot of clear storage options because they allow the owner to find what they’re looking for faster.
Using this method will prevent you from buying another little black bag like the other six you already own.
Just don’t forget to measure your storage space before you buy totes!
#7 Hanging Closet Organizer
Another of our favorite organizational tools is the hanging organizer. These are so versatile and perfect for closets that have a little extra hanging space to spare.
Hanging organizers are also fantastic because they hold many sizes of handbags and can be used to store other off-season accessories as well.
We always prefer organizing products that are multi-purpose because it allows our clients to switch things up or even go with no purse at all.
#8 Purse Cubbies
Do you have an extensive handbag collection that you like easy access to at all times?
If so, consider having a purse cubby shelf built to slide into your closet.
Perhaps the added benefit is that these shelves are so light that you can even convert a whole wall in your closet by stacking several of them on top of each other.
#9 Entryway Shoe Rack
These multi-function shelves can comfortably store up to eight pairs of shoes, or you can repurpose them to hold your bags!
And they usually have spots to store an umbrella, yoga mat or any other small things you need to grab quickly as you leave the house.
#10 Decorative Boxes
Are you out of drawer space but have many clutches that need a spot to call home?
Decorative boxes may be just what you need! And while we were rallying for opaque storage bins before, it may make more sense for you to put these special occasion handbags in a decorative box, as you’ll not likely buy the same one.
#11 Drop-Front Sweater Boxes
Before you say anything, we know these neat little boxes are designed to store sweaters, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use them to store handbags and clutches instead.
Do you want to know the best part? The boxes have clear fronts that drop down, allowing you to stack them without worrying about restacking each time you grab a bag.
If you have a spacious closet, one of the best things you can do is install a bookshelf to display your handbags.
You can use this approach in a few different ways. First, you can just place bags by color lengthwise to make more of your space.
However, if you don’t have that many handbags to display, creating a vignette of your bags using each shelf to tell a different story is fun.
#13 Shelf Dividers
Our final purse storage idea is for those of you who have a lot of shelf space in your closet.
Though it’s not always the best option because your bags will collect dust, shelf dividers work well to help store excess handbags when used in combination with dust bags.
It’s a great idea to label the dust bags or affix a photo of the handbag on the outside, so you don’t spend hours looking for that one perfect evening bag.
Our 5 Expert Bonus Tips for Storing Purses
Tip #1 Hang Trending Purses and Store the Rest
If we’re being honest with ourselves, a woman only has a few go-to purses at any given time.
We recommend that our clients find a nice spot to hang these bags for easy access while storing the rest using one of our methods outlined above.
It’s also important to note that hanging the same bag for too long will eventually cause the straps to develop a buckle, so be sure to switch them out often.
Tip #2 Always Vertically File Clutches
Since clutches are typically for special occasions and don’t come with straps, one of the best ways to store this is in a drawer vertically.
When you can dedicate a drawer to allow your clutches to stand, it makes it easier for you to grab the one you need. But be sure to go from the left to the right, rather than front to back, or you may forget about the bags stashed in the back.
Tip #3 Help Unstructured Bags Maintain Their Shape using Inserts
This is perhaps one of the best tips on the list and is a must if you want to maintain the integrity of your favorite floppy bag.
So, be sure to use newspaper or specially-made inserts to stuff these bags before stowing them away for the season.
Tip #4 Maintain a Clear Entryway
Your home’s landing areas, such as the entryway, are in constant need of decluttering, and handbags can be one of the major culprits here.
This is especially true for those of you who regularly switch handbags and leave the old one lying on the hallway bench or entry buffet.
What’s the solution? Dedicate one spot in the hallway or entry to your bag.
Tip #5 If You Have the Room, Allows Your Bags to Breathe
If you are lucky enough to have plenty of extra space, consider allowing your handbags enough room for each of them to breathe.
One of the most common mistakes we see clients make is leaving their purses on a crammed shelf where they get crushed. And we even see this with expensive designer purses!
It’s vital that you treat your purses well because leather is a very moldable material that tends to develop odd folds and kinks when not cared for properly.
Are you limited on space and out of ideas on how to store all of your purses? Give us a call at Clutterless Home Solutions! We would love to discuss your needs and help you find better organizational solutions for your precious handbags.
Regardless if you live in Grand Junction, Telluride, Aurora, Westminster, or Castle Pines, we service all of the Denver metropolitan areas and will bring order back to your home!