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How To Organize And Store Your Bags

Keep your bag collection neat and tidy with these storage tips and organizers—plus stores where to buy them

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Photography: Miguel Nacianceno & Dairy Darilag

Handbags and purses have become more than just daily accessories. Nowadays, they are more of fashion collectibles and status symbols. Women’s bag acquisitions in particular—from purses and clutches to totes and backpacks—grow in quantity with each passing month! But as we accumulate more bags, these end up as added clutter in our homes.  

Storing your bags in an orderly manner will not only clean up your home, but will also help maintain the bags’ appearance and structure. Here are some handy bag organizers that can help you protect and store your beautiful investments:

Shelving System

Shelves are a good way for you to display your collection, much like in boutiques. With this type of storage, you can see and choose your bags easily. Shelving systems vary from open shelves, like a bookcase, or enclosed shelves, like a cabinet that will protect the bags from dust. If you go for the latter, opt for glass doors so you can see the bags.

RL TIP: Store your bags upright. To maintain its original form, stuff the bag with crumpled tissue paper or clean plastic bags. 

Bins and baskets

For bags that are not high-maintenance, like tote bags or simple cloth bags, you can neatly fold  and stash them in beautiful woven baskets. These beautiful bins also double as decorative accessories in the room.

Hermione Basket, price available upon request, Habitat 

Coat Rack

For bags that you regularly use, you can hang them on nice coat racks placed in the corner of a room or somewhere near the door. This solution will give you easy access to bags in a grab-and-go situation. Just avoid hanging too many as this will also turn into looking cluttered, and you’ll end up digging through dozens of bags just to get to one that you like.  

Coat Rack, price available upon request, Bo Concept at Mos Design

Bag hanger

These nifty organizers stylishly hang your bags in an aligned and vertical manner, saving on horizontal space. This is best for bags that have handles, like purses. Fasten your bag organizers on to a hook on your door or wall—this solution will help clear and save up floor space, too. You can buy bag hangers online from Storage Solutions. 

Cubbies

Cubby storage is best for small purses and clutches that you can slip in and out of the holes. This type of storage is versatile because you can customize its appearance and use. You can keep some cubby holes open, like an open shelf, and add some baskets or bins in some of the other cubbies if you want to store your bags hidden from view.

Little Cubby Storage, P25,950, Philux 

Quirky pegs and knobs

Similar to the use of hooks, this makes storing bags easier and accessible as you can place them where it’s most within reach for you. Having pegs mounted on walls just adds more life to empty walls. Designer Jen Sohu also got these colorful pegs from Amazon, but you can also find similar ones at Anna Banana Rustics. You can also use ordinary door knobs and pulls from hardware stores. 

Peg Hooks, price available upon request, Bo Concept at Mos Design

Wall hooks

Hooks are the easiest way to store your bags. You can place removable hooks over your doors, hanging bags on one side (as with a door) or on both sides (in the case of a closet door). You can also mount hooks in multiples like on this board or individually, on a wall. Advantages of using hooks are that they’re simple and your bags are visible and within reach. Designer Jenny Sohu got these colorful hooks on amazon.com, but you can find similar ones at Regalong Pambahay.

RL TIP: Don’t overload your wall hook with too many bags—these might pull the hook off, and will look unsightly. Limit your bags to one or two small ones per hook.

PHOTOS Dairy Darilag (shelves), Miguel Nacianceno (wall hooks and pegs), Jun Pinzon (bag hanger), Kurt Alvarez (cubbies)

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