Accessory Storage Ideas

I adore accessories in all their sparkly, pretty, stylish, whimsical goodness.  I have everything from vintage cocktail hats to chunky cuffs to wooden beads to delicate diamond earrings in my accessory collection.  You know one of the best things about accessories?  Even on a fat day, they fit!

But accessory storage is an issue. How do you keep all those precious pretties safe and untangled?  Not to mention stored in a manner that makes them easy to access so you can accessorise and adorn yourself?

Here are a couple of storage ideas that work for me that you might find helpful too.

DIY Hair Accessory Storage

Here’s a fab idea to keep your favourite hair accessories handy.  I have mine on a shelf in my bathroom.  So easy to make!  Click here for the instructions.

This a slightly smaller version, that I use for keeping favourite pieces on, or for designing an accessory look to go with an outfit.  Click here for instructions.

If you’ve ever had headband storage issues, might I suggest this clever little solution?  Just use a little basket or a bowl or even a wide vase, and pop the headbands over the edge.  This little basket once held our little decorated bubble bottles for our wedding, and now is a fab way to keep my headbands safe and easy to find.

In my teeny tiny walk in wardrobe, I store my scarves in a Marc Jacobs perfume tote.  I just don’t have the room to have them hanging up unfortunately, but this works well for me.  I keep smaller silk scarves that I wear as headscarves in a little wicker basket on a wardrobe shelf.

On the side of my wardrobe, I’ve hung belt and tie hangers on hooks, and use these to hang my long beads and chains.  Similar are available from places like Howards Storage World and discount department stores like Kmart, Target et al.

It’s a good way of utilising some vacant space.  On another wall, I have hung some favourite bags, and my collection of 50s vintage chain handled raffia bags, which just make me happy!

I bought this very grown up bag more than a decade ago, when I was undergoing a career change (recruitment – I hated it) and whilst I love its vintage styling and the bamboo handles, it is both heavy and impractical.  However, it doubles beautifully as storage for my chunky bangles and cuffs and some of my more architectural Mimco pieces.

You can get fabulously pretty hatboxes from all sorts of shops now – from bargain clearance stores to quite posh homewares boutiques.  I keep my belts and gloves in them.  I even keep some of my hats in them!  I’ve stacked these in a corner with a pair of swish shoes on top.  I can barely walk in them, but I do love them so.  I bought them on a very special occasion and although they’re crippling, they make great art, don’t you think?

I spent a whole $9.95 on this fabulous white metal jewellery stand from Diva last year.  It has space for earrings and hooks for bracelets and short necklaces.  The curlicues on the top of the stand have also been pressed into service.

The stand is sitting on the gorgeous doll’s chest of drawers that my Great Granddad made for me when I was a baby, along with the letter K that I’m using to hold some bangles.  More bits and pieces are stored in the drawers.

Samantha Wills makes some lovely jewellery, which are beautifully presented in little carved wooden boxes.  I stack mine of top of each other and keep cocktail rings and more delicate pieces in them.

These are some of my accessory storage ideas.  I’d love to know how you store your accessories!

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  • Bree @ Twinkle in the Eye - 24 August 2012 - 10.59 am

    I have a handbag issue. I did a major cull at a car boot sale on the weekend – but I still have a pile of the floor, unsure of where to store them…ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 24 August 2012 - 7.14 pm

      What you can’t see in the wardrobe shot is the overhead shelf with a large woven basket and a large IKEA cardboard box filled with handbags! I also hang them on the back of my door in the bedroom. I can’t throw them out!ReplyCancel

  • Naomi T - 24 August 2012 - 8.35 am

    Very creative, makes me want to sort out my accessory draw 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 24 August 2012 - 7.14 pm

      They’re so pretty, it seems a shame to hide them away in a drawer! I do wear accessories more often now that I can see them better. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Annaleis Topham - 21 August 2012 - 11.00 pm

    Some great ideas I was just thinking about this today!ReplyCancel

  • Trish - 21 August 2012 - 10.22 pm

    You are very creative and organised . I’ve got some new ideas thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Sugarbird - 21 August 2012 - 7.59 pm

    You are so organised – thanks for sharing your great ideas <3

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 22 August 2012 - 7.36 am

      Next project is the bathroom cabinets. You wouldn’t say organised if you could see those! ReplyCancel

  • Renay@MummysMiracles - 21 August 2012 - 7.15 pm

    Ooh such lovely ideas. I looove those hat boxes, I’ll be referring back to this page alot, I can see now 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty - 21 August 2012 - 5.42 pm

    I love using hatboxes as storage solutions. So pretty and cheap 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 22 August 2012 - 7.37 am

      You can get some gorgeous ones. I keep tights in a Union Jack box and all my office / blogging stuff in another Parisian themed box. ReplyCancel

  • carmen@musingnmayhem - 21 August 2012 - 3.14 pm

    Yay! Lots of ideas for the teenage girl here! Thank you! xReplyCancel

  • ann stuck - 21 August 2012 - 3.05 pm

    Thank you I needed some ideas for storage!! ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Purtell - 21 August 2012 - 1.30 pm

    I love the jewellery hanger. And that is a great idea for headbands, I have so many now that I thinkim gonna have to do that, I hate trying to store them so they don’t get broken.ReplyCancel

  • Jess Newman - 21 August 2012 - 12.55 pm

    I am soooo not an accessories person! I wear the same earrings and necklace eery day, and very rarely change them.
    I am, however a shoes person. They are so pretty! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 21 August 2012 - 2.11 pm

      Now, shoes I love too. Those are in wire trays under the bed, special ones in their boxes, and every day ones in a shoe rack. Um, I may have a shoe issue!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel from Redcliffe Style - 21 August 2012 - 12.11 pm

    Some excellent ideas. All my things are thrown together in no particular order. You have inspired me to sort and store 🙂ReplyCancel

  • CassandraHodges - 21 August 2012 - 10.10 am

    All my pretties are stashed away in my cupboard… I really need to get them out don’t I!!! Love your ideas 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 21 August 2012 - 2.12 pm

      Thanks, Cassandra! I think they’re such pretty things that they deserve to be shown off. I know someone who has push pins in her bathroom wall where she displays all her pretties.ReplyCancel

  • heartmama - 21 August 2012 - 10.04 am

    Nice 🙂 I like the photo frame. I have a twig from the garden put into a vase, and on it hang all my necklaces. It’s pretty cool. I want to paint it at some point. Zanni xReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 21 August 2012 - 2.13 pm

      The photo frame was so much fun to make, too. Ooh, I like the twig-vase idea. I keep meaning to do one every Xmas but Boyo loves the traditional old fake tree!

  • Steph @ Lipstick & Cake - 21 August 2012 - 9.00 am

    Wow, very organised and a great day to display your jewellery and hair accessories.
    Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Penny - 21 August 2012 - 8.02 am

    You’re so organised! I love the photo frame idea. Accessory storage and wall art, so funky!ReplyCancel

  • AParentingLife - 21 August 2012 - 7.55 am

    They are some great ways to display accessories and man do you have some great ones. I am not much into wearing them myself so I don’t really have any to worry about storingReplyCancel

  • Catherine CupOfTea - 21 August 2012 - 6.56 am

    Lovely ideas – I always think its nice to have pretty things out on display. I hardly accassorise at all these days – G just steels what ever I’m wearing and it disappears under the fridge or down the sofa never to be seen again! ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 21 August 2012 - 7.59 am

      Yes, you can definitely judge the ages of people’s child/ren by their level of accessorising! ReplyCancel

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