How To Store Scarves ~
A scarf is great accessory for many reasons. It comes in all kinds of shapes, sizes, designs, patterns, fabrics and colours. It is very versatile because one piece of fabric can be tied into so many different ways. Except for the beautiful but highly priced Hermès silk scarves, it is quite an inexpensive accent to any type of indoor or outdoor outfit. A scarf can add interest to a sweater worn with a pair of jeans or add a pop of colour and some extra warmth to a basic black outdoor winter wool coat.
I own a lot of scarves that were collected by various means over several years. Sometimes when I buy a new outfit I will purchase a scarf to complete the look or I will stop by to see what is on sale at my favourite stores and make a random purchase. I have also received several as gifts and rather than buy souvenirs when traveling, I’ll buy a scarf with the duo purpose of being functional and a great memory piece of the location and shop where it was purchased. A scarf is very lightweight, will not break and does not take up much room in my suitcase for the rest of the trip.
Can you guess where I bought this scarf?
With a large collection of scarves the problem then becomes how to store scarves so they are accessible, stay wrinkle-free and not take up too much storage space.
I have tried several storage strategies including shoving them into a drawer or storing them in a basket tucked away on the floor in the back corner of my closet. But then they became too wrinkled and in order to find the specific scarf I was looking for I had to rummage and pull out several others in the meantime, which was a waste of time. I also tried storing them in an under the bed storage bin. But to be honest with you I really didn’t enjoy having to crouch down onto my hands and knees in order to pull the bin out, retrieve what I was looking for, return the bin and get back into the more comfortable upright position.
Then I picked up a used IKEA SKUBB organizer at a thrift store for a couple of dollars thinking this was the way to go.
I hung it in the closet and inserted the rolled up scarves on each of the nine shelves. I did not have to do any crouching but the scarves came out wrinkled and I still had to rummage because some of them ended up tucked way at the back and were no longer visible.
I also shopped around for specially designed scarf holders like this one made by Real Simple.
This solution is great for a small collection but not practical for a larger one because it only holds so many scarves.
So I came up with my own solution for how to store scarves that meets all of the criteria of being easily accessible, keeps the scarves wrinkle free, does not take up too much storage space and has the added bonus of being quite inexpensive. I purchased two multi-tiered hangers designed for hanging multiple pairs of pants that had crossbars that were able to pull away for easy removal and hanging of the scarf.
Now whenever I am looking for a scarf to wear I just remove the multi-tiered hangar, easily spot the one I am looking for, pull away the moveable cross bar, pull out the scarf, reconnect the crossbar into place and hang it back into the closet. The scarf is wrinkle free and I didn’t have to any rummaging or crouching or crawling.
Coming up with storage ideas that suit your budget, are convenient and meet the needs of what you are storing sometimes requires ‘thinking outside the box’. Sometimes it requires looking at a storage system designed for a specific purpose and re-purposing it for a completely different one. I enjoy the hunt for the perfect storage system and storage ideas! I even enjoy it more when I come up with the ultimate long term solution!
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