If you love handbags, chances are you’ve collected a few over the years. I don’t have a big collection, but the bags I do have I really love and try to care for them as best I can so they’ll last and look nice for a long time.
Lately I’ve been doing a little reading about the best way to store a handbag when you’re not carrying it. Normally the recommendation is to keep handbags inside a closet away from sunlight and the elements, with something stuffed inside to help the bag maintain its shape. Some folks say to keep them inside their dust bags when they aren’t being used, but others say they need to be out of the dust bag some of the time so they can breathe.
I guess I do a little of both. Usually the bags I’m carrying for the season, I keep inside my closet out of their dust bags so I can readily access them. The ones that aren’t being used for that time of year are tucked away inside their dust bag, stuffed with airpaper or a small pillow to help them maintain their shape. Do you have a favorite way to store your handbags when they are not in use?
Recently, I donated a bunch of clothes I no longer needed and moved some things around in my closet. While doing that I came across a favorite tote that I love to use whenever I travel via car to see friends or family.
As I was eyeing the tote, two thoughts crossed my mind: 1. How sad it was to keep it tucked away because I love it and enjoy seeing it and 2. Wow! It sort of matches my bedding in my guest room. That made me laugh a little, the thought that it actually coordinated with the decor in my guest room. I guess we tend to gravitate to what we love, no matter if it’s in fashion or decor.
I took the tote to my guest room and placed it on the ottoman in that room. Yup, it really did look like the Ralph Lauren “Porcelain” bedding I had bought for this room so many years ago. (Pssst: This bedding appears to be available here: Ralph Lauren Bedding and Ralph Lauren is making a similar bedding now here: Ralph Lauren Blue & White Bedding.
I found myself wanting to leave the tote in this room. It looked so cute sitting on the ottoman, as if a guest had just arrived and dropped off the tote right there. It added so much to the room, really made it feel cozy, a place to relax and enjoy.
Then it hit me, why tuck this bag back away in a closet when it makes me happy seeing it here. The door to the guest room is almost always open, so I see this room often as I pass by on the way in and out of my office during the day. The tote isn’t in direct sunlight and it’s made out of a sturdy, coated-type material, so why not enjoy this bag every day, even if I’m not using it at that very moment. If anything, having it out where I’ll see it may encourage me to use it more often.
This may be the oddest decorating tip I’ve ever suggested, but if you have a beautiful bag or tote that you keep tucked away in a closet, unless it’s a very expensive bag or made from a delicate fabric or material, you may want to pull it out and place it where you can see and enjoy it every day.
Of course, you wouldn’t want to place it where the sun would fade it or a mischievous pet could damage it. But some bags are almost like little works of art, so why hide them away.
Do you have a pretty bag or tote that you keep out to enjoy even when you’re not actively using it at the moment?