In our line of work, we spend a lot time in closets in distress. There is a wide range of debris that is responsible for the overcrowded conditions. When asked for help we often begin with what is covering the floor, then work our way up to the hanging spaces and shelving. The bottom level is layered in tangles of belts, scarves and other slippery items that fall off hangers, mismatched shoes and dust-covered purses, gym clothes, a smattering of laundry that is either clean or dirty, sales slips and parking tickets. Once this snarl is sorted and categorized, we move on to a largely inexplicable collection of paper prestige shopping bags.
Designer shopping bags not only fall under the C.R.U.D. umbrella of the “too good to throw away”, but we have recently learned that people are willing to pay for used ones on eBay! Unlike other “too good to throw away” examples like yogurt containers that people intend to use for food storage, these paper status symbols just remain on the floor. Do they serve as pleasant reminders of the shopping experience or what they once contained? Perhaps the original inhabitant garment suffered a terrible fate like a cigarette burn or an unfortunate accident in the washing machine and is long gone. One thing is for sure, these flashy Chanel or Hermes bags hold their appeal, especially in a world where the local supermarket is charging for no-name poly-bags.
You need to determine if you can really afford to devote that much closet real estate to what is essentially an oversized paper product. Who are you going to impress if all the designer bags are simply taking up space you could using to store towels or elements of your wardrobe that is out of season? Keep a couple of your favorite designer bags that are of the sturdier variety. Use the others to make donations of unwanted clothes to charities the next time you embark on a purge.