Hey gents,

We’ve certainly talked about how to properly accessorize in the past, but one thing we never really discussed is how to keep everything neat and orderly! Nothing’s worse than opening a drawer and seeing an explosion of colorful yet extremely wrinkled fabrics, or a metallic heap of unpaired cufflinks.

Here are some straight-forward ideas to keep your accessories organized and properly stored.

Organize your pocket squares

Pocket squares can come in all kinds of sizes and even shapes, but most likely a majority of yours are square.

The easiest way to keep these bad boys organized is to neatly fold and stack them. You can fold in half and stack, or fold in half twice and then stack. The former will allow for more to be stacked before the tower begins to tip over. If you have some room in your sock drawer, I say go with the “fold in half and stack” option.

If you only have a few to worry about, you can simply keep a small box on top of your dresser to house all your squares. If you have a small cedar box, an old cigar box or even a regular plastic storage box.

Personally I think cigar boxes look the coolest and are even display-worthy (at least in your closet), but maybe that’s just me.

Another place to store your favorite pocket squares? In the breast pockets of your favorite jackets where you normally wear them! The cool thing about this solution is that you’ll never have to worry about leaving the house without a square in your pocket.

After wearing one for so long, I don’t like how sport coats look without them. If you always keep one in each jacket, you’ll never forget it. Oh, and if you’re still struggling with how to fold them, check out this mini tutorial.

Organize your ties

The most common way is to hang your ties on a tie rack. If you can keep this organized and nicely spaced out, I don’t really see a problem with it.

The thing is, once you start accumulating a lot of neckwear, they get crowded and NOT nicely spaced out, which results in having to tug on the tie you want to wear that day until it finally makes its way out from under the hanging pile.

Long term, this is bad because it shortens the life of your tie. Tugging es no bueno, just like leaving a tie knotted es no bueno.

My favorite method? The roll and place.

Basically, you hold the narrow end of your tie between your thumb and index finger and wrap the wider end around until you have a nice cinnamon roll of a tie. You don’t want this to be too tight or too loose.

Then you simply place them neatly in rows either on its side (cinnamon roll facing up), or down with the wide end underneath. Ideally you’d have a compartmentalized insert for your dresser drawer, but even if you don’t, this method will still work.

If you don’t have money for a custom closet setup but still want the segmentation, you can use something like this for maximum flexibility. This can also work for your dress socks, by the way.

While we’re on the subject of ties, make sure to always untie yours after use. You don’t want to leave yours knotted for long periods of time, especially when it’s a more delicate fabric.

How to store your ties when traveling

I rarely go on trips where I need multiple ties. If you’re like me and traveling with two ties at most, simply roll them up and put them in your dress shoes. The rigidity of the dress shoes will keep your ties from getting crushed.

Another method is to carefully fold ties in half (narrow end under wide end) and then in half again, and place them in between layers of your other clothing. This should prevent your ties from shifting. If i were you though, I’d go with the shoe method.

Organize your belts

Best way? Roll them up and stuff them in your sock drawer, preferably against one of the walls of the drawer, loose end down (similar to the wide end down when storing your ties). This should prevent them from unrolling. I usually start with the buckle and roll from there so the buckle is in the center of the roll. Easy, right?

You could hang them on a door rack, but to me, that’s just annoying. Plus, how many belts do you have? Realistically you only need three to four belts at the most. Why would you need a door rack that holds 15?

Organize your cufflinks

I have a little pouch full of old cufflinks my dad wore years ago. If you’re an active cufflink collector and own nice ones (new or otherwise), I wouldn’t suggest you store them as I store mine.

One way to go about it is to use the original box they came in. That always works.

You can also purchase a special storage box, which will definitely prevent your cufflinks from dinging and scratching each other (something a plain cloth pouch simply won’t do). Like check this one out.

But! If you’re more of a silk knots type dude, then a simple pouch will do just fine.

How’s that for storage tips?

Do you have your own innovative way of storing your accessories and accoutrements? I’m curious to hear them. Let us know in the comments below.

 

Photos: squarestiepouch.

PUBLISHED September 5, 2012


Barron is the Founding Editor of Effortless Gent and the Cladright Association. He's from San Francisco but currently living in New York. Connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Tumblr.



  • Ray Frensham

    Handkerchief
    storage: I use a number of these shallow
    drawers [link below] (sold in units of 6) and about 4 or 5 units stacked on top
    of each other in a tower. [The top drawers are the plains / the middle drawers are the spots, squares, plaids,
    houndstooth checks etc. / the bottom drawers are the patterns and paisleys. Over the years, of course, the tower has grown
    and is always in danger of toppling over on top of me; hence, I treat it with
    respect!

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/plastic-Drawer-Unit-With-Draws/dp/B0069A3X0O/ref=sr_1_cc_3?s=aps&ie=UTF8&qid=1346849652&sr=1-3-catcorr

    Cufflinks?:
    A few years ago, I came across a carpenter via e-bay and ordered a custom-made solid
    oak cufflinks box (with a total of 130 compartments). And it only came to about
    £165 (that was then).You can see photos and the full story on my blog:

    http://rayfrenshamworld.blogspot.co.uk/2011/01/cufflinks-anyone.html

    I must
    admit, when I talked about this, some friends were foolish enough to ask: “but
    have you got enough cufflinks to fill the box?”

    Answer?:
    More than enough!

    • http://effortlessgent.com Barron

      That’s an incredible box for your cufflinks. If you have such a collection, a nice place to store all of them is necessary.

      I can just imagine what your square collection must look like :)

  • http://twitter.com/TheDapperDocent Mike Thompson

    I had the same problem of hanging my ties and running out of room. I made makeshift holders out of cut up shoe boxes, which are usually about the length of a dresser drawer. Here is a picture of the final product (not trying to plug my own blog, but just thought the pic would do it better justice than describing it). Love the blog, keep it up!

    http://www.thedapperdocent.com/2012/08/easy-tie-organizer.html

    • http://effortlessgent.com Barron

      Nice, thanks for sharing. That’s very similar to the interlocking drawer organizers I linked to from Container Store. DIY works too!

  • drummondville86@gmail.com

    Agree with all, but not rolling all your ties. Its fine for knits etc, but silk ties should be hung not rolled. My grandfather used to make ties and other clothing for a living and he has taught me this at a young age. Gravity is the best friend of silk ties, if you roll them they wont be able to relax and small wrinkles may set in. Save the rolling for knits, wools etc.!!!

    • http://effortlessgent.com Barron

      Never heard that before, interesting… but it makes sense. Plus, grandfathers are usually right about things they’ve been doing or involved with their whole lives, haha.

  • http://twitter.com/ambassadorbruny M. Ambassador Bruny

    Another awesome article. Would you suggest anything different for bow ties? I brother is past 30 now a days.

    • http://effortlessgent.com Barron

      Hey Mike. Yeah bow ties are tough because they’re so oddly shaped. I typically fold mine in half and then half again, and place them side by side in a drawer with my other neckwear. Then again, I don’t have very many so that works for me.

      Hanging is also an option; I just tend to worry about what it does to the fabric. drummondville86 above just pointed out that silk neckwear should be hung, so if you’re hanging them currently, maybe it’s not a bad solution after all.

    • Reginald Bohannon

      Bruny check out my posts for bowties and pocketsquares.

  • Ka’imi

    Great article! I think MUJI has some great storage options as well. I thought this might be nice for storing cufflinks:

    http://www.muji.us/store/storage/acrylic-cases/velour-inner-accessories-tray-grid.html

    • http://effortlessgent.com Barron

      Good call on Muji. I love their store.

  • Adam

    Do you not travel with shoe trees? Just wondering where the ties would fit if you do.

    • http://effortlessgent.com Barron

      I have metal traveling shoe trees (similar to http://amzn.to/NT3LPc) that help keep shape (but don’t do much for moisture, but oh well). They’re like springs and bend up, so my ties usually fit.

      Alternatively, I stuff my socks in my shoes to help keep shape, and ties go at the opening, rolled up.

      I don’t normally bring my shoe trees, too heavy and wastes storage space, especially since I never check in.

  • Scott Hendrickson

    I use a normal cheap plastic hangers to store my 50+ ties. They all fit individually hanging on a hanger (about 8-10 per hanger) and don’t take up to much closet space. Cheap, easy, no wrinkles or creases (the traveling fold method will definitely leave creases if left too long or if you have a long flight) and it’s easy to group by color or style and find the tie you want in a pinch.

  • http://twitter.com/IPv6Freely Chris Jones
    • http://effortlessgent.com Barron

      thanks for those suggestions Chris

  • King of Madison Avenue

    Great tips/advice. Especially the traveling, rolling up your ties and putting them in your shoes. Never thought of that, but will definitely give it a shot on my next business trip!

  • Mens Icon

    I like this article. Thank you for sharing.
    I have some suggestion, you can put your jewelry, like necklaces, bracelet in velvet bag or small pouch too.

  • Reginald Bohannon

    For my silk pocket squares, I roll them long ways and store them in a large shadow box. For my bowties, I use a wooden case similar to a cigar box with a hinged glass top. Beside it, I have a framed B&W photo of me when I was about 4 years old in a suit and bowtie. My style.
    Reginald@trainfaithfully.com

  • Melody Hollifield

    Any tips for organizing and storing suspenders and bow ties? My fiance and I are tackling the sharing a closet adventure. I’ve got the regular ties, belts, and other accessories figured out, but the suspenders and bow ties (that are made already tied but hook around the neck) are proving to be a challenge! I’ve googled, which brought me here, but it seems like no one addresses these 2 items. Help!

    • Erica A Williams

      You may have figured something else out, but for my husbands I’ve put them in plastic fishing tackle boxes. The see thru thin kind where you can adjust, so the smaller space that is left over I put his cuff links and tie bars. He can pull then out, take a quick look with out opening them and slide them back onto there shelf.

  • the1gofer

    What about tie clips? I can never find good suggestions for those.