Tame your overflowing closets and drawers with these practical and useful tips from Amenakin.
The organisation and storage of scarves can be a daunting task, especially if you’ve formed a sizeable collection. I can see you looking away with guilty eyes. But I think it’s about time we admitted something.
Say it with me: I have a scarf-collecting problem!
There. It’s said.
Now, how do we make this array of scarves easier to sift through on a day-to-day basis? Whether you use a cupboard, a drawer or a hanger, I’ll share some tips on how to make this mammoth task a little more manageable!
Step 1: Declutter
Gather all your scarves in one area, and examine them individually. Whilst holding each one, ask yourself whether you really need this scarf. Do you wear it frequently? Or has it been months since you last wore it? Your answers will determine whether you should keep this scarf in your collection, or give it away to charity. Remember, if a scarf is torn or unwearable, throw it in the bin – only donate what is wearable.
By the end of this process, you will have downsized your collection enough to know which area of your room will be best for storage, depending on how much space you will require.
One of the key areas of organising anything – be it hijabs, clothing or other personal items – is to ensure that you work only with what you need and declutter the rest by archiving or giving it away. This makes far more efficient use of your storage system, especially if you’re limited on space! For my personal collection, I like to use the wardrobe drawers in my Ikea storage system.
Step 2: Separate
Group the scarves. You might want to group according to colour, material, pattern type or suitability to an occasion; this depends on your collection and how you go about selecting your scarves on a day-to-day basis.
For example, if your collection comprises plain coloured scarves of similar material, you might want to group according to colour. Or, if you’re someone who wears a particular scarf to work or school, it would make sense to group all the scarves you’re allowed to wear to these places and store them in the same area.
Step 3: Store
Next, figure out how best to store your scarves. Some people like using the scarf hangers that Ikea sells. These look like regular hangers but have a drop-down of several loops through which scarves are woven. Others might prefer to use trouser clip hangers. Folding the scarves is also a possibility. I use drawer dividers and roll my scarves into the compartments. This helps to keep wrinkles to a minimum, so that I’m not forced to iron certain scarves on more casual days!
Step 4: Favourites first
Follow the rule of keeping the more frequently used items nearest to your hand when accessing the scarf storage area. This makes the process quick and easy, and you won’t be left having to spend unnecessary time weeding through your hijabs. For example, I keep my Hoojabs (a hijab I designed for Pearl Daisy) in the top drawer, since I wear these most often. If you hang your scarves, keep the ones you wear most nearest to your eyes when you first open the cupboard.
Step 5: And finally
Now for the underscarves! I roll mine and run them alongside the scarves in smaller compartments. However, underscarves may be kept anywhere you have space near to your scarf storage. You might want to use small baskets for storage, since underscarves don’t have to be folded because any small wrinkles get pulled out when you wear them.
Alternatively, roll and line them up in a smaller drawer. Colour grouping is also helpful.
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Earlier this month I made a video taking you on a tour into my hijab storage. In it, I show you my collection and how I roll up my Hoojabs and underscarves. Check it out below for some more ideas!
Have you got any scarf storage tips to share? Leave your comments below!