A friend of mine, @alwaysthewinna, once tweeted me to ask about how I take care of my bags. She uses a bag tree like below but has a problem with molds. I used to use the same thing in Manila and realized as I was packing my things for Jakarta that my older bags had molds in them! Needless to say, I didn’t bother bringing that bag tree with us to Jakarta.
KEEPING THE MOLDS OUT
From then on, I decided to follow the instructions of the bags and keep each of them in the bag. The more expensive ones came with their own bag cases, but for the cheaper ones I just use hotel laundry bags. (Yes I collect them too!) Then I bought a can of dessicant/silica gel and put on inside the bag, in each pocket and outside the bag but within the bag case. I also place one of those dehumidifying canisters inside my closet to absorb extra moisture. They look like this. You can buy dehumidifying canisters and the dessicant in Ace Hardware of True Value for cheap.
The problem with this is that every time I need a bag, I need to open the different bag containers to find the bag that I am looking for. And I end up with a mess every time. So I decided to take matters on to my own hands…
I took a pic of my bags and printed small copies.
1) Laminated, rounded the corners with scissors and punched a hole in each one 2) cut red ribbons (so it’s easy to spot) and sealed the edges by passing it through a candle flame 3) Knotted the ribbon on top 4) safety pin for securing the ribbons on the bag containers.
Note: that the rounded laminated corners are important so the tags don’t scratch your bags and don’t get caught on anything or pulled. Which means your laminates will last longer too.
For Phase 2 of this projects, I plan to print out a one-page-picture-cheat-sheet of all my bags organized in the following categories:
Then I plan to laminate it, so that it lasts longer. I can refer to it while getting dressed so that I know all my choices, coz’ what ends up happening to me is I end up using a few bags all the time and forget the rest of my bags because they are buried somewhere in my closet. And some bags get ratty pretty fast. =(
Does this happen to you as well? Hopefully Phase 2 of the bag organization project will solve this for me! What about you? What do you do with your bags? I’d love to hear it!
I’ll do a short follow up post on Phase 2 when I get it done. Wait for it! =D