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A couple weeks ago, I posted a photo on Instagram of me putting my Chanel bag in its dustbag and then into its box after I used it. I asked my Instagram followers if they also put their bags away after use.

My question elicited many responses and different viewpoints on how to store your bags, which got me thinking that bag lovers’ storage strategies must be so different. Some bags may just be stuffed into the closets, some might just be inside dustbags. Some bag lovers have massive closets, so each bag has a resting place, and many will go through every step possible to keep their bags pristine as possible. The possibilities run the gamut.

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For my nice bags, after I use them I take everything out and put the stuffing back in and then place the bag in its dustbag. If the bag came in a box, I typically put the bag back in the box as well. I don’t do this for every bag, but I do it for my nicer luxury bags, and I really try to keep them in good shape. (You guys know I have a thing about my nice bags).

When I asked if other people put their bags back in their dustbags, many said yes. But it was also the first time I heard someone say that keeping a bag in its box can cause the leather to dry out. I’ve never heard that, and if that’s true, I’d certainly stop keeping my bags in their boxes, so now I’m trying to get to the bottom of that debate.

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There’s no better way to learn about how others store their bags than asking, so now I’m turning to you. Do you put your bags in their dustbags and store them on a shelf? Do you also put bags bag in their boxes? Share your tips and tricks when it comes to storing your bags!

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  • C

    I pretty much put all my leather bags in their dustbags after use because I don’t carry them everyday (being still in school and all). I toss away the boxes simply because there isn’t enough space so I don’t know about the drying thing…

    One tip to share is that I take a polaroid shot of each bag before putting them into the closet so it’s easy to pick one with my outfit of the day without having to dig into each dustbag. Saves time and looks (IMHO) cool!

  • ReneeO

    I keep all my bags in their dust bags as you don’t want light or dust on them. Even artificial light can fade your bags. And mildew and mold use dust as food. Keeping the dust off helps keep mold away. I live in Hawaii so that is very important. I was told by purse salespeople to not even pull the drawstring on a dust bag. It should be somewhat open to let air circulate while somehow still keeping the bag covered. And of course, the best advice is to get them out and use them. They need to be out in the air, I have too many (love my collection) so I check them every January and June. If they have any mold, I still have time to clean it off and save the bag before it etches into the leather. I keep the stuffing in as it really helps maintain the shape and I think the tissue paper also absorbs a bit of moisture to help ward off mold. Would love to hear what other do.

  • Kate

    My Birkin, I stuff it, place it in the dust bag and then lay it on its back. My Chanel flaps, I stuff them and place them in a dust bag, but not the one I got from Chanel, and stand it up. My BV bags, I keep in dust bags. I keep the boxes, but don’t store the bags in the box.

  • kemilia

    I am bad. I keep my very loved, older Bals, BV Cervo Hobos and most of my other bags (they are inexpensive but very loved and used–I rotate bags nearly every day) on an old brass coatrack in my bedroom (blinds are kept closed to keep the afternoon sun off). Seeing them daily makes me use them. And I haven’t heard about the box drying thing either. But … if I had a Chanel or Hermes, those would be stored away, in their bags, in my closet–those are true classics that must be kept pristine.

  • mollypete

    I’d not heard the box thing either. The only ones I keep in their boxes (and the dust bags) are my Chanel flaps and that’s only out of concern that I might inadvertently rest them on their chains otherwise. All my other Chanels etc go in the dust bag only. Some stand (GSTs for example); some lie flat (Celine minis that collapse if they stand too much). I keep them all stuff but instead of the original paper, I hoard all the plastic air stuffers that come in a lot of shipped items (my husband has even learned to not toss them if he gets something shipped with them!). I got that trick from LV; they often sells their bags with those as stuffers. Much neater than paper. All are in a dark closet with a dead bolt on it (I love my bags too much to lose them to a burglary!) with my better shoes that I don’t wear as often. If anyone finds a correct answer to the box concern, I’d love to know it!

  • Yoshi

    I never use the box for my clutches and other small leather goods. I just keep them in a dust bag in my closet. I keep my bags in the dust bag and in the box in my closet.

  • Hikarupanda

    Attached is actually a picture I saw in a Hong Kong newspaper a couple of years ago (I managed to find it online still since this discussion reminded me that news). This poor Chanel bag, according to the owner, was stuffed with tissue paper, stored in it’s dust bag and box in the owner’s closet. I have no idea how long the bag has been stored like this but when the lady took it out one day, this was what she saw…

    If it’s true that she stored the bag for a very long period of time without using it, then that’s the problem here. Leather needs to breath AND it also needs the oil from our hands. I think storing bags in their dust bags and boxes is all good as long as we also use the bags regularly!

    • hikarupanda

      Can someone plz tell me how to attach pictures??? The function is not working. I so wanna show you how the leather could dry out so bad when you don’t use/take your bag out once in awhile!

  • Michelle Lim

    I stuff my bags and keep them in their dust bags. If they haven’t come out for air in a while, I’ll bring them out, clean and give them a coat of leather moisturiser before putting them back onto my cupboard shelf. I can’t keep the boxes due to lack of space and my collection hasn’t suffered for it. As long as you give each bag enough space, it’s fine.

  • Hikarupanda

    The pic didn’t show up…let me try again…

  • Hikarupanda

    Here.

    • missarewa

      thats not chanel. even I can stitch better than that

      • BagLady

        I agree

  • TheBagFag

    I leave my favourites on the sofa as guests in the house. When I have people come to visit, they either sit on the floor, or a dining chair. No-one moves my “children”.

    Two of my Pradas sitting in the back seat of the car… The Tessuto Gauffre top handle is resting on a Chocolate Brown LV Challe Monogram. Comfort is everything, after all!

  • shueaddict

    The dust bags are an absolute must – for all the reasons you said + 1 one more just for me: in my new shoe closet I keep all premium shoes on display (I just love to look at them) and I overheard my husband commenting to a friend “Every time I look at her shoe closet I feel like I am looking at my pension fund”. I really don’t want to hear what he has to say about my bag collection.

  • Mo

    I am about half and half with storing in a dust bag. Bags that are lighter in color or patent leather I am much more careful about putting in the dust bag, but many of my bags I just stuff to keep the shape and set them on the top shelf in my closet. I don’t have space for the boxes so I usually toss those. Some of my bags I have had for years and I haven’t had any problems with their condition.

  • Ana

    I stuff them and put them in a dust bag and put them on the shelf. Most of my bags are structured bags so I can store them standing up. I keep my slouchy ones in a very large suitcase on flat on the floor without dust bags since I zip up the suitcase.

  • Lea

    I dont get much conscious about that..
    Its not a concerne to me..
    Now that it comes to my mind, i simply put them into their dust bags and then into their boxs. And forget about ,since i fell like using some again…Just like that,

  • Lea

    Some times a though it away , a little by everywhere…sofás….chairs….beds
    I’m in my house, its my place…I let my staff around …
    Just like nothing!
    Its so silly and little to think…
    I let them without any much care, not far then keep it in their covers…
    And i have some very expensives ones…but my care dont go,very much far then put it in the cave of my closetS….:-)))))))))))))

  • weaslgrl

    Bags in rotation for the current season sit on a loveseat in my bedroom, so I can see them & regularly use them. Off-season bags get stuffed, put in their dustbags, and on a closet shelf. If I had enough room, I’d definitely box them, too. I save those air-filled packaging inserts (like from Amazon boxes) and use those to stuff my bags.

  • missarewa

    uhm up until I read this my bags have been sitting on my closet floor, sans dustbag but stuffed! and my closet has a big window for lots of light :o I can’t wait to get home and properly store my babies!!! I may have some of the boxes but I think that may be too much work as I switch bags a lot! I’ll just use the dustbags, stuff them real good, keep them away from the light and hope for the best! I really should be taking better care of my nice things :(

  • ElainePG

    I have read in several places that paper dries out leather.. unfortunately, I can’t refer you to sources. However, as a result, I do NOT stuff my bags with tissue paper! Instead, I use Quilted Handbag Shapers from The Container Store. Usually 1 or 2 shapers will do it, and it is easy to remove them when I want to use a bag. Then each bag goes into its own dustbag, and is stored upright in a dark closet. I leave enough space between bags that they are not jammed together. For satchel bags, I make sure that the handles are stored upright, AWAY from the sides of the bag. If the bag has a removable strap, I remove it and store it inside the bag. This is particularly important if the strap is metal… otherwise, the metal can press into the leather, leaving a mark.

    It took me a while to set up this system. However, now that it’s in place, it takes me no time at all to pull out the bag I want to carry, take out the quilted shaper(s), transfer my items from yesterday’s bag, stuff & put yesterday’s bag away, and head out the door. Good bags are an investment… they are worth protecting!

    • anne-craig

      Hey there, ElainePG, thank you so much for this tip. I just ordered a
      bunch online, I have to confess that I have never had the patience to
      maintain the factory stuffing/inserts for very long, most ended up in recycling/the trash within a couple months. However, there
      will be NO excuse not to use these pieces religiously. :)

      Best wishes to you and your well-taken care of purses!

      • ElainePG

        Thank you, ann-craig! I think you’ll love the CS inserts (BTW, I don’t work for them!). They aren’t cheap, but when you consider the cost of the bags themselves, I figure it’s worth the money to maintain them.

  • Zezza

    I keep my luxury bags in their dust bags and boxes. Straight after use in they go…. Am a tad concerned now reading all the comments on storing too long etc, perhaps keeping them in the box is not advisable??? Would be good to know what is the correct way to store as there is a lot of $$$ at stake.

  • Hikarupanda

    According to Hong Kong newspaper appledaily, that Chanel bag is authentic (bought in England by the owner, then authenticated by HK Chanel boutique after the owner asked them to repair — HK Chanel confirmed that it is authentic but refused to repair the article reads). So lesson learned: leather needs to breath and used/touched by our hands. Otherwise, humidity could cause mold in some places, or in places with very dry weather/low humidity, leather can dry out and crack!

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  • BagLady

    That is not an Original Chanel I mean seriously!

  • missbagcare

    Hi everyone! Im from Manila and we have an online store here that sells bag care and bag preservation stuff, my favorite is their bag stuffers. I actually purchased these stuffers for all of my bags (even my designer clutch bags). They are customized to the shape of my bags (custom-order, their site offers hundreds of available stuffers for designer bags) so when i store them in my closet, they are in their tiptop shape, no wrinkles, no sagging. I have five year old bags that still look fairly new and i think these stuffers play a huge part in keeping my bags in good condition :) i only got to take a photo of my coach and gucci bags with them, just to give you an idea. After stuffing my bags with their respective stuffers, i also put a small pouch of dehumidifier in the in their respective dust bags before storing them away. Its very humid in our country so we need those dehumidifiers. That online store also sells these babies. I do love my bags thats why i do all that i can to maintain their good condition :)

    • missbagcare

      i also can’t seem to attach photos…

    • missbagcare

      here they are. these are the only ones that i took a photo of. the black ones are the bag stuffers i was talking about. Look at my bags without them and when they’re in my bags! These are machine washable and you can pop them in the dryer no problem. Im so happy with these stuffers! :)

  • missbagcare

    Hi everyone! Im from Manila and we have an online store here that sells bag care and bag preservation stuff, my favorite is their bag stuffers. I actually purchased these stuffers for all of my bags (even my designer clutch bags). They are customized to the shape of my bags (custom-order, their site offers hundreds of available stuffers for designer bags) so when i store them in my closet, they are in their tiptop shape, no wrinkles, no sagging. I have five year old bags that still look fairly new and i think these stuffers play a huge part in keeping my bags in good condition :) i only got to take a photo of my coach and gucci bags with them, just to give you an idea. After stuffing my bags with their respective stuffers, i also put a small pouch of dehumidifier in the in their respective dust bags before storing them away. Its very humid in our country so we need those dehumidifiers. That online store also sells these babies. I do love my bags thats why i do all that i can to maintain their good condition :)

  • emogen_indie

    I have a built-in bag closet to store all my bags especially my Celines.. They have made it fit.. I placed the on top of their dust bags but leave them open since the closet is quite tight so only air can come in but not dust.. So far I find it easier since I rotate all my bags.. I also have each and every celine custom made bag inserts.. So far their shape holds up.. And I only have structured bags..

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