Head-coverings are invading!!

Those of you who cover your hair will understand my predicament. My scarves and hats etc are taking over my closet. Every so often I will neaten up my piles of scarves, tichels, bandannas and longer headbands. It stays neat for 24 hours maybe.

I need a way to organize my mitpachot (headscarves) so that I can find the colours and styles I need without having to mess up my shelf. I am limited as to space – so space-saving ideas are welcome.

Here’s a pic of the carnage…. HELP!!

oh the mess!!

Oh and if it helps – my stash consists of 20 bandannas, 25 mitpachot, 6 headscarves, and about 12 assorted scarves of different sizes, 5 baseball caps (yes, one is a Yankees one, in pink) plus about 5 berets (that I never wear coz the KoD thinks they do nothing for me), and 2 pre-tieds that I don’t wear for the same reason….

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  1. Lili says:

    I hate to suggest this, but with the same problem, I keep all mine folded. You might also look at organizers that hang in the closet like this: http://www.amazon.com/Household-Essentials-80-Pocket-Jewelry-Organizer/dp/B0000CNQZD/

  2. Frayda says:

    I would suggest looking for a tie organizer. One of those would be good for the longer headcoverings

  3. Jules says:

    ikea has a scarf organizer hanger that works really well.

  4. Pam says:

    Yes, I use the Ikea organizer, supplemented with plastic clip-type clothespins for items that are likely to fall through.

  5. mirimosh says:

    mine are in a deep drawer but i have the same problem so if you find a real good solution please let me know.

  6. Yonit says:

    I use 2 things. For my scarves : (hanging loops) http://www.ikea.com/PIAimages/58185_PE163835_S4.jpg

    And for my pretieds, hats, snoods, headbands: (drawer organizer) http://cn1.kaboodle.com/hi/img/2/0/0/67/b/AAAAAmNiXZcAAAAAAGe30g.jpg?v=1188032845000

  7. I use an old hanging sweater closet organizers for my scarves, mitpachot and soft beanies. I seperate by genre- cottony scarves in one slot, silky in another, berets and beanies, etc. I find it keeps them seperated and mostly visible, and it doesn’t require folding (which just wouldn’t work for me. I take 15 scarves out in the morning before work. I’m sure you know what I mean!)

  8. My wife put a rack on the bedroom wall. Basically it is just a bunch of dowels sticking out. Each one can hold quite a few scarves/mitpahot; and one can even hang a hat or beret on the end. Seems to be the best solution we’ve come up with so far.

    Of course, if you just adopt a basic black burka for everything then you won’t have this problem… (Okay, now I duck and run!)

  9. Little addendum. The rack needs to be high enough that a passing cat won’t take interest. We occasionally find a trail of scarves in the hallway.

  10. kisarita says:

    what’s the diff btw a headscarf and a mitpachat?
    (and a bandana isn’t too far off either)

  11. I don’t cover my hair, but interesting, I was thinking of scarves this morning (the neck kind) & what I thought of could be helpful to you! I just got a scarf I adore & had no place to hang it in my tiny bedroom, so after wearing it today, I wrapped it around a lamp & tied it. It looks pretty, actually, & is staying in good neck-scarf shape because it’s not getting squished someplace. I thought it might be a pretty & functional decoration at some point, to get a stand of some sort, like a lamp base, & wrap it with a lot of scarves – would keep them in good shape & look pretty in the meantime. Sort of a twist on a coat rack.

    OK, maybe it’s a weirdo idea. Butttt… I hope you find something. :) Coat rack, perhaps?

  12. You have 75 items. There are only 365 days in a year, which means that you wear each one an average of about 5 times a year. I presume you wear a sheitel on Shabbat, so it’s probably less. It’s much more likely that you only wear 10-15 of your head-coverings on a regular basis. Purge the rest. And avoid temptation–don’t buy any more but if you do, choose a neutral color that matches a lot of your clothes.


    • mrsmelissasg says:

      but that excludes when you wear more than one scarf at a time, and includes the ones she stated she doesn’t ever wear. plus, why stop buying – styles and fashions change for clothes, why can’t there for scarves too?

    • tesyaa says:

      I just saw Hannah’s comment, which presumes that one only wears one head covering (or one outfit) per day. For some of us, that is an inaccurate assumption.

  13. Nora says:

    Right now mine all live in a drawer with my socks and layering tank tops. It’s not ideal but the closet is currently too small for all our clothes let alone shoes and scarves. A keeps promising to build me some kind of storage thing for them. The scarves used to live in a hanging shoe organizer and the tie hangers that came with our hanger set- those worked pretty well. Under bed storage with dividers? The “space bags” for travel- the ones you squeeze the air out of rather than vacuum- might work well if you have them divided by colour, style, and/or dressiness, especially if you label them with sharpies.

  14. I would suggest something a little…funner (is that a word?). We have shelves the ‘brace’ of the shelf runs the whole length and it has old fashioned and new door knobs to use as hooks – I actually used to hand my scarves on it (i went through a phase).

    Something like this…but with funky and fun hooks

  15. mrsmelissasg says:

    my scarves are in a cabinet (we have lots in our bathroom and few in our kitchen – annoying!) and then hats and berets are on shelves. i try to keep my plain cotton ones in the front and all the rest in the back, but they get all upturned regularly, which i find actually helps me to wear scarves i’d forgotten about, or to know to pawn them off on a friend…

  16. ima2seven says:

    I LOVE MY SOLUTION FOR HATS. I agree with the tie organizer idea for scarves, so no need to chime in. Although I do have to say, it might just be time to weed out some of what you have….

    I bought hooks that screw into the wall. They stick out further than the hooks or dowels on a wall mounting rack, and I get to choose how many I have. We attached them to the wall in a pattern, and it looks decorative and keeps all of my hats from getting damaged. It was also cheap. I bought the hooks at home depot.

    The hooks are like this:

    x x x
    x x
    x x x
    x x

    You get the point. Going to try to take and post a photo…

  17. Nancy King says:

    WOW! I’d love to have just one headcovering, so 75 seems like a ton to me…

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