About those scarves

I think I hit on a storage solution for my necklaces — a wall-mounted mug rack with pegs to hold the chains. I’m going to paint it white as soon as weather permits me to leave it to dry outside. I might hang my bracelets there, too, as long as I’m at it. I can mount it beside my dresser and mirror. It will be out of the way there, but still very accessible, and it will get the tangle of necklaces off the corner of my mirror.

Still thinking about scarf storage, though. I wear a lot of scarves of all shapes and sizes during the cold months. They’re an easy way to add a bit of style and warmth.Here’s me today, in nothing more elaborate than ordinary jeans from Macy’s, a Ruff Hewn cotton-acrylic sweater, and Steve Madden boots. But I think the scarf elevates this from ordinary to slightly more polished than ordinary.


Please excuse the wet hair — I was in a rush, as always!


So this is a very typical fall-winter look for me. But I really do hate digging through stacks of plastic shoe boxes looking for just that one scarf I know is by God in there SOMEWHERE. A friend suggested hanging them on hangers, the pants hanger type with the little rods that slip into metal slot, like these:



Those rods and slots would keep the scarves from ending up in a heap on the floor. I might do this with the scarves in heavy rotation. It would make it easier to access them. But I can’t use this method for all of my scarves, because even if I double them, I’d still end up needing about 40-50 hangers. My closet is big, but it isn’t big enough to hang all the scarves.

But some scarves, like the Calvin Klein gray snakeskin-print challis in the photo, need to be somewhere other than the top of my dresser. There are a handful I wear frequently, once every week to ten days, and these hangers would eliminate some of the mess and fuss there. And then maybe the plastic shoe boxes with my other scarves won’t irritate me as much because I won’t have to dig through them as often. So this might be a solution, unless someone else has something better to offer.

I do have FOs to show off, and some thoughts about wardrobe planning, and I look forward to sharing all that in the next few days.

In the meantime, keep those storage solutions coming. I appreciate the help!



Storage Questions

Now that my closet is empty, I would like to be smarter about the way I refill it. I’m a pretty tidy, organized person in real life, and my closet tends to reflect that. But there are a couple of trouble spots, so here are the questions I’m trying to solve now.

1. What is the best way to store scarves? I have probably 70 or 80 light silk scarves that currently live in clear plastic shoe boxes, organized more or less according to color. I also have knitted scarves in a separate storage box. These are bulkier and harder to store. I’m not crazy about these storage boxes because they’re hard to get in and out of the closet and, even though clear, I end up digging and mussing while searching for the one scarf I can never seem to find.

2. What is the best way to store necklaces and earrings? Right now, my necklaces are looped over the corner of a mirror, where they are in a predictable tangle. My earrings are in crystal boxes in a jumble that makes finding two of the same almost impossible.

3. How do you store boots, booties, and platform heels too large to fit into shoe bags? I’ve been on a buying kick with footwear lately, and none of my five new pairs of winter shoes will fit into my hanging shoe bags.