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I need to preface this post with a statement: I don’t want to pretend that I’m super organized. I’m typically pretty scatterbrained. Case in point: this morning I got the kiddo packed up and ready for school, strapped into the carseat, then I realized I FORGOT TO PUT ON ANY SHOES. Mmmkay? Sure, kiddo had her snacks, her lovey, a toy, extra shoes for water play, diapers, but none of that matters if mommy shows up at daycare barefoot. Sheesh.
Anyway, this post is about getting the craziness under control. As I was unpacking in the new house, I discovered that I have a TON of scarves. I felt like a two-bit magician yanking an endless array of scarves from my magic hat. Except that magic hat was actually a couple of boxes, 2 drawers, and God knows where else I was stashing them. They were a wrinkled mess and I could never find the one I wanted when I wanted it.
In the new house, I want to stick to the mantra “A place for everything and everything in its place,” in the hope of maintaining a wee bit of sanity. Now that we actually have space and tons of storage, there’s no valid excuse to strew crap around the house (not that there was an excuse in the old house either!)
So, I bucked up and bought a cafe curtain rod at Target for about $7 (like this one). If your space is narrower, you can also do this with a tension rod. The weight of your scarves ends up being comprable to a shower curtain. (We used a tension rod in my daughter’s closet for the last 2 years and it held up well with the baby clothes!)
It took about 10 minutes to mount to the wall and hang all the scarves. Now it’s a cute blast of color in the closet and I can find that perfect scarf when I need it! Sanity preserved! Now if I can remember my shoes…
8 thoughts on “A Pain in the Neck: Scarf Storage”
Love the part about your shoe-less attempt at leaving for daycare. Great post, Jen! I am going to investigate doing something similar in my closet. Thanks! Sharing!
Thanks, Rochelle! Glad it was an idea worth sharing!
*drools* I…I have to have this in my closet now. What about hats? Any ideas on how to store dozens of hats?
Baseball hats, sun hats, helmets, knit caps, or a combination? If they’re baseball hats, I’d say just a clear rubbermaid/tupperware box so you can still see them, but they’re corralled. If they’re different styles, and you want to display them, maybe a pegboard with hooks.
I have lots of fancy English-Lady style hats…as well as a Janet Evanovich “Rangeman” cap (I’m kind of proud to own that one…) and a huge sun-hat.
Fun! Just thinking about them makes me want to have a tea party. 🙂 I just found this: http://tiquedarling.tumblr.com/post/15995421244/my-makeshift-hat-old-picture-holder-pretty-cool
You could do it without the picture frame and just string up picture wire between two screws or nails (be sure you’re screwing into a stud for security). Use clothespins to hold them up! It will only make 2 small holes in the wall.
I like the scarves there.
Thanks! It’s making much happier to go into the closet every morning.