SHELVES To keep clutches in place, file them like books. Use sweater dividers to cordon off and protect bags made of delicate materials like satin (which can snag) and patent (which can dent and discolor). HOOKS To keep bags from sagging under their own weight and losing their shape (a danger when they’re left lying down), hang them from hooks affixed to the top of your storage space or unit.
CUTLERY ORGANIZER Those long compartments are ideal for storing the necklaces and bracelets you only wear occasionally. SERVING TRAY An artful resting space for your everyday pieces. MINIATURE CANDLEHOLDERS An unexpected way to keep your rings in one spot.
HOOKS Dangling from ornate hooks (or even clear pushpins), necklaces double as decoration. CANDY JARS AND PEDESTALS Whimsical, easy-access storage for bracelets and rings.
PHOTO LEDGES Typically used to display framed pictures, they can also be used to free up closet space and create an easy-access boudoir. Paint the ledges—and even the wall behind them—to define the area.
APOTHECARY GLASS CABINET Create a boutique-like atmosphere by arranging your shoes in a glass-doored hutch. To figure out how many shoes the cabinet can hold, assume each pair takes up about eight inches across—then do the math.MIXED SHELVES If you need more space, hit up a home-supply store, which can easily cut shelves for you. We love glass—it’s inexpensive but looks luxurious. Don’t forget to pick up spare pegs (bring existing ones with you so you can match the size) to place them on.
If you can't see it, you won't wear it—so give your new black dress its best chance of breaking into the big time with a few helpful tricks.
From the April 2011 issue.