1.26.2012

Bangles and Bras

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As a bangle collection grows, it's great, but how the heck do you store these things?

Some opt for upright storage, like a hat stand, so they stack right on it. But my problem with that is you have to take them all off the stand to get to the one you want at the base.

Some people have them mixed loose in a box, but if you're looking for a certain style/color, it can take forever to dig through.

So I store my little collection in vintage stocking boxes. They're satin quilted boxes with six sections meant for rolled up stockings. But they fit bangles perfectly! 

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Bras are another storage issue if you're tight on space. Drawers are reserved for sweaters and other unmentionables, and living in a small apartment, there's more wall space than floor space.

So using a vintage shoe holder works great, especially for vintage braziers, which don't have underwires to hinder fitting in a small pocket.

For more storage solutions checkout Scathingly Brilliants latest post on her top five storage solutions for small spaces. 

Organizing little collections is also a great way to do some mini spring cleaning. Take five minutes and weed out items you no longer want/need. The things you really love and use are much easier to find if they're not buried in second rate stuff. 

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26 comments:

Krista Dee said...

Oooh, love the bangle storage...been struggling with that lately, and I agree about the annoyance of an upright situation. Must look into glove boxes more seriously...

art deco dame said...

this is lovely!I love those satin hosiery boxes,I keep them for trinkets but the long ones are perfect for bangles!I never would have thought of that.I keep brooch in mine.

BaronessVonVintage said...

Brilliant!!

Annarack said...

Such brilliant ideas and I have never heard or seen quilted stocking boxes before. The colours of your bangles are just beautiful.

Alexandriaweb said...

That's a very inventive way of storing your bras.
I wish I'd tought of it :D

Penny-Rose said...

WOW, great idea about bangle storage. I had been considering an upright system but realised it would be problematic.
thanks for the great post.

Forever Miss Vanity said...

Fabulous storage ideas! I'm useless at organisation.

xxx

Chrissy88 said...

Great ideas. I also liked the pin holder in the first picture. I have lots of cute pins that I don't wear because I forget about them in the drawer so I may have to try that.

SusieQT said...

Great idea! I have several of those boxes- I use them for handkerchiefs, but, heck, they can always get folded in a drawer. Going to put my bracelets in there right now! :)

casey said...

Funnily enough yesterday evening I was unpacking my jewelry (finally--it only took me two months. :p), and pondering how the heck to store all my bangles! I think I'll have to implement this... if I can find the space. When we moved from FL, we lost nearly 300 square feet and a storage closet (plus we had two walk-in closets in our old place. Talk about spoiled!), which means that it's been a real task getting everything to fit and not look cluttered. So anything that hangs or takes up only a smidgen of space is a winner in my book! ;)

Twila Jean said...

OMG! that bangle idea is AMAZING. I might be stealing it.

Miss Tallulah Porkchop said...

LOL! Now THAT is a post title - Bangles and Bras - love it. The shoe holder as bra holder idea is amaze!

Vintage Andy said...

I love the idea! I think I might just have to do the same.

Elan said...

Great Post!!! such awesome creative ideas...I might actually have to use some of these amazing storage tips...keep em coming!!!

Hausfrau said...

I'm a sucker for your storage and organization posts. Who would ever guess that you can stuff so many lovely belongings into shoebox sized apartments, and still have them all accessible!

vintagevisions27 said...

What great ideas! Where do you find all your bangles? You have a wonderful collection!

Nelly said...

Absolutely love the way you store the underwire bras. Its so annoying when you start to lose the shape of the bra, especially the ones that are your favourite. x

Desiree said...

Such a great way to store stockings. Very smart.

creasha@nn said...

Love this!! Quick question. Is that pink bangle bakelite/catalin?? If so, what product did you use to return it to its orginal color? :) than you!

In The Heyday said...

ha ha ha - I have to say I am giggling quite hard at idea of fitting one of my bras into a shoe sized pocket! It looks gorgeous though and I am quite green with envy

Andi B. Goode said...

Fantastic ideas! Unfortunately, I have very little wall space left but if I get more I might give this a go one day. :)
-Andi x

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Straight Talking Mama! said...

I have to agree with Shona I too would struggle to fit one of my bras in a pocket like that, but it's a great idea!

I do love the bangle storage, I've just been organising my jewellery lately and bangles proved difficult but your idea is excellent, thanks for sharing!

MB@YarnUiPhoneApp said...

I like the idea of using vintage hosiery boxes...no idea that these existed...but these would be easy to make too with some cardboard and quilted pad and some spray adhesive.

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wow, I love your strategy in bangles collection. So lovely idea!

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Maxens M. Finch said...

Oooh! I think I'm going find one of those shoes organizers for my craft and sewing supplies! USEFUL.