This week is a big week, because we are not only talking about accessories, but also about how and where to store our things. Up to this point, we have been dealing with clothes, and it’s fairly obvious where they should be stored–in our drawers and closets. Now as we move on to other items, storage becomes a bit more tricky, and more important.
Mari Kondo, in her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up says:
“The essence of effective storage is this: designate a spot for every last thing you own.”
The key component for avoiding “clutter rebound” is to decide once and for all where each item you own belongs. This is not as onerous as it sounds. Most of our similar items are grouped together, so we need to make sure to keep them grouped together, and to gather all items from each category into one place. For example, I have shoes in my closet in my bedroom, and I have shoes in the coat closet downstairs. I need to decide where I want all my shoes to be, and keep them all there.
It is apropos that we discuss storage as we move into sorting and storing our accessories. Accessories include such things as jewelry, scarves, belts, hats, headbands, etc. How often have you taken off a pair of earrings and left them on your nightstand. Or dresser. Or bathroom counter. Or in your purse. Do you see the problem? This is exactly what causes clutter, because we do this with myriad items we own. When we decide once and for all where things belong, our clutter problem disappears. But don’t worry. You don’t have to decide where EVERYTHING goes this week. Just your accessories 🙂
Here is a picture of my sister-in-law’s jewelry. Notice how you can see everything clearly at a glance.
If you have any great ideas for storing accessories, please leave them in the comments! I really love the jewelry hanger I have pictured above because it keeps my necklaces visible and un-tangled! On the back side of the hanger are plastic see-through pockets for my earrings and bracelets. I would love any suggestions for scarves and hair accessories! Here’s a picture of some cute headband holders I made for my girls out of oatmeal cans. You can store the headbands on the outside, and put all their other hair accessories inside!
Here’s a link to another idea using a towel rack to store scarves and necklaces: Towel Bar Accessories Organizer.
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