With fashion comes a price – drawers become overstuffed, snaps misplaced, straps lost. There’s nothing worse than deciding on a look, only to realize that you can’t find what you need to put that look together! This week, I’ve assembled some organizational and maintenance ideas for you to keep those snaps and straps clean, intact, and within easy reach.
Hanging Jewelry Organizers
You may have seen these pocketed gems online, or even in stores like Marshall’s and TJ Maxx. They’re usually the width of a garment bag and about half the length. They come in a lot of fun flavors, but even more important – they’re covered in sturdy pockets of varying sizes. The smaller, “earring” pockets are perfect for snaps (and even folded straps), while the “bracelet” pockets (often near the bottom) will accommodate your straps. These organizers are a fabulous way to showcase your snaps and straps, making it easier to locate just what you need, when you need it. Here’s another LPSwitchTip – when you decide to switch out your snaps or straps, remove the ones currently attached to your shoes first and keep them in your hand while you look for “new” ones. When you find the snaps or straps you’re looking for in your organizer, simply replace them with the “old” ones in your hand. That way, the snaps or straps you removed are never lost!
The next question is, where can you hang these organizers? This all depends on your personality and your closet space. Some of you have great walk in closets, where you can reserve a place right on your clothing rack. You might even consider putting a metal or plastic hook in the wall, so your organizer can hang flat against it; that way, you don’t have to push your clothes aside to see all of your LP bling. But not everyone has walk-in closets, and that’s okay! These organizers hang well on the back of a door, using either an over-the-door hook, or one that mounts right onto the back of your door.
Utilize Your Drawers
Another easy and accessible storage alternative is to use a drawer, or a portion of a drawer. I would recommend utilizing small boxes, baskets, or trays. You can even use your LP shoe boxes! Keep one box for your straps and another for your snaps. When you decide to switch looks, make sure you remove the straps or snaps currently on your shoes first, and place them in the appropriate box before selecting a different style, so you never lose them. LPSwitchTip #2: Press the straps together before you place them in the drawer – that way, they’re always fastened to each other, rather than scattered around. Likewise, keep the original cardboard backings that your snaps come attached to – this prevents you from hunting for the match to your Jasleen or Marlena – whatever your favorite snaps are – especially as your collection grows!
LP SwitchFlop Hangers
Many of you may love the idea of utilizing the mini cardboard hangers that accompany your straps, but your closet rods are simply too thick. Try adding a smaller rod, if your closet dimensions allow, that will accommodate your LP hangers. This will allow you to access your straps as easily as your clothing. If your closets are just too crammed to even consider this option, no worries! Consider buying a vertical hanger – a vertical hanger, like the one shown, will help keep all of your LP straps on display and accessible. Even better, these vertical hangers don’t even have to hang from a closet rod. You can place them on a ceiling hook, or find a style that lays flat against a wall or door. Just be sure to place your vertical hanger in a place where you won’t constantly bump into it; fashion should be fun, not frustrating!
LP Shoe Care
Drips, drops, smudges, and smears do have a way of landing right on our shoes – especially if they’re new. I know – how rude! Many of you have asked for solution to these unfortunate shoe blemishes. One of the best ways to preserve the original girlish glamour of your LP SwitchFlops and Snap Shoes is spot removal:
Wet a soft cloth with lukewarm water and gently apply to the stain, circling delicately. The water alone may lift the blemish right out.
If it’s a stubborn stain, try a delicate, clear, bleach-free cleanser, such as Woolite. Clear cleanser is key – you don’t want a mud splotch replaced with a blue detergent blotch ;)
Be patient in your application, allowing the cleanser to soak in a bit.
Wet a different portion of your soft cloth with lukewarm water, and begin dabbing at the spot to soak up both the soap and stain . Repeat if necessary.
Some LP Fans have shared their luck with placing snaps and straps (I don’t recommend this next LPSwitchTip with the actual shoes) in the upper rack of the dishwasher, allowing the steam and dish detergent to work their magic. I love this because you can steam clean your LP bling AND get your dishes done simultaneously. With the baby’s arrival right around the corner, any all-in-one solution is a big hit with me!
Have you had any success with other organizational or care strategies? Let us know in the comments below!