Meet Susan from New York City, who finds herself happily wrapping in “Corporate America!” Wrapunzel is honored to have her reveal her wrapping journey in a three-part Blogpost – Part One: Beginner’s Luck!, Part Two: Storage and Structure, and Part Three: Corporate Me!
It’s Susan’s greatest pleasure to bring you her incredible tips and tricks – read on to see what might work for YOU!
Stay tuned for Part Three coming soon…
Part Two: Storage and Structure
In storing a large wardrobe of scarves, for easy access and for protecting the scarves from my kitten (who is sure that he can fly!), I store the majority of my “wear to the office” scarves in “gown” size multi-garment bags (54”, clear/see-through and heavy duty). I hang the scarves within the bag on hangers using cascading hooks so each hanger can hang from the hanger above, etc. Each garment bag is approximately 5 to 6 hangers deep, and with the garment bag being at gown size proportions, the scarves are kept where they are protected and easily accessible for choosing during your daily scarf search. For convenience and easy access, I also coordinate of my scarf color collections separately by garment bag. Because most of my scarves are stored by color range, they are stored in similar color tonalities, one each for:
- Blacks, grays and muted silvers
- Whites, off-whites, creams and beiges
- Reds and burgundies
- Browns and earthy colors
- Sunset Colors: Gold, yellow, mustards, warm orangey, rust and sienna tones
- Corals, pinks and purples
- Blues: All shades, including navy
- Teals and turquoises
- Greens: All shades, and
- Multi-colored (where the base color to match has more than one possibility to choose from)
When rushing to get out of the house early in the morning, I first select an ensemble color (suitable for the current season). Then, I grab the garment bag(s) containing the desired color ranges and then simply choose my scarf/scarves to wrap with from the selected garment bag. If winter, I will choose a heavier, winter-appropriate scarf. If spring/summer, then I choose from the lighter weight scarves in that same garment bag.
I recently switched to one-piece stainless steel hangers (from Amazon) to hang my scarves because the “hook” portion of the hanger (constructed as one piece with a tip protector) does not pull out from the base when the hangers begin to feel the weight of many scarves. The clear zippered garment bags (multiple gown size) also serve to protect the scarves from my cat AND my kitten, not to mention other potential disastrous mishaps.
As mentioned above, I keep a separate garment bag of “multi-colored” scarves that have multiple base colors, matchable to more than one ensemble, like
The exception to my garment bag storage method is my “special/delicate” scarves requiring special handling, such as metallic, glittery or patterned “accent” scarves. These “special” scarves are those that I find very delicate or easy to damage. These I store per style of scarf and not by color:
- New York Brights Scarf
- The Shimmery Scarf
- The Shiny-licious Scarf
- The Sparkle-licious Scarf, and
- The Harmony Scarf, Melody Scarf, and Sari Scarves
The end of the work day and evening are often tiring, and sometimes I just can’t find the strength to put all things back where they belong. I keep a clear container with a lid to simply fold my scarves and leave them protected until I can make the concentrated effort to restore them to their rightful storage places, whenever that may be!
Note: I wish to thank my friend and co-worker, Eleanor Healey, who was dedicated in helping me to capture visual images to submit to Wrapunzel in support of this article. As a grandmother of 2, she’s developed a good eye!