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Handbag Maintenance

Martha Stewart Living, January 2009

Purses are stuffed with acid-free tissue paper so they maintain their shape when not in use. The bags are kept in flannel sacks (top right of closet) to protect them from light and dust.

Comments (36)

  • 31 Jan, 2011

    thanks mykele - will get some saddle soap - thanks for your reply

  • 31 Jan, 2011

    Amen%2CMYKELE%2CAMEN%21

  • 30 Jan, 2011

    janeakirk, have you tried saddle soap? If your city has a dry cleaner who
    also specializes in leather cleaning, you might ask them or have them
    clean the purses dor you...check the BBB to see if they have a record
    for the business good luck mykele

  • 30 Jan, 2011

    I have a few leather purses that need cleaning, one that is white. What should I use to clean them?

  • 30 Jan, 2011

    Today I had my daily dose of comments as part of my daily entertainment.
    Just use common sense, Use tips that are useful to you and move on.
    We have much more to really concern us in this world today. Even an
    inexpensive purse deserves to be treated nicely....lasts longer and
    the paper stuffing in any purse is not likely to be acid free, even top of
    the line so buy some fresh acid free if that is what you want for
    storage between uses. In the meantime, smile and cherish your
    lives.

  • 30 Jan, 2011

    Your idea for purse storage is good. But I have a different solution that is longer lasting as it does not break down like tissue paper does. Pack your purses with the pieces of packing materials you receive in mailed packages. Not those sily peanut things but the squares, etc. that the kids love to pop. And it's free. We keep ours in a large trash bag in the basement. Always availablle

  • 30 Mar, 2009

    Some people are visual learners...I am one. This picture should have shown a more close-up shot of the 'pristinely packed purses' for those of us who have the disconnect. Much too tiny to see. Didn't understand what I was looking at on first glance. Great idea though if you want to protect your purses. Beautiful closet. Ya gotta love Martha!

  • 24 Mar, 2009

    I would think that the majority of people on this website are at least a little creative. So here, if you want to make a bag you can cut 2 rectangles of fabric, stitch straight seams w/right sides together on three sides allowing room for a flap to hold a drawstring or something. You can stitch this closed with a straight stitch leaving the sides open for a string to tie. Place purse inside with acid free tissue paper inside, pull string, and you have a bag.

  • 24 Mar, 2009

    Has it occurred to all of the complaining people on this website that maybe MS Living is trying conserve resources as are the rest of us? The picture, while not large, has lot's detail. Just look where they tell you to and you will see what they are trying to show you. The purse bags are in the corner on the top right of the wall. Yes, all we see is some lumps. But really, does it matter if you see a small shot of lumps or a big shot of lumps. Try a little imagination please.

  • 21 Mar, 2009

    you can ask the cashier to allow you to keep the paper that comes in the bag when you purchase it. Take it home, fold it and place it in the sacks you plan to store the bags in. cheap and you recycle

  • 21 Mar, 2009

    you can ask the cashier to allow you to keep the paper that comes in the bag when you purchase it. Take it home, fold it and place it in the sacks you plan to store the bags in. cheap and you recycle

  • 21 Mar, 2009

    I always enjoy reading the comments even if I don't intend to use the tip. Since I only use one handbag every day until it wears out, I really have no use for this tip myself, but I will be passing it along to women I know who love purses and will benefit from the tip as well as the lively discussion. Thanks!

  • 21 Mar, 2009

    I always enjoy reading the comments even if I don't intend to use the tip. Since I only use one handbag every day until it wears out, I really have no use for this tip myself, but I will be passing it along to women I know who love purses and will benefit from the tip as well as the lively discussion. Thanks!

  • 21 Mar, 2009

    Where do you buy the acid free tissue paper?

  • 21 Mar, 2009

    Where do you buy the acid free tissue paper?

  • 20 Mar, 2009

    If you buy a vintage handbag from ebay or somewhere else, and it smells of cigarette smoke and/or a terrible stale fragrance(s), the acid-free tissue paper will draw the rancid smells from the fabric lining and the leather. Provided you can allow the bag to hang or sit with fresh air (not dry or wet) circulating around it. It worked for me, and I had a really bad (smell-wise), but beautiful, in perfect condition vintage bag. You may have to repeat the airing process several times.

  • 20 Mar, 2009

    The January 09 issue was my second purchase of a Martha Stewart publication. The first was a special Halloween magazine (90?), my husband's and my favorite holiday. I still have it and refer to it each year. The Jan 09 issue was about getting organized, specifically closets. I love this photo. Seeing this closet after a day at work, after a WEEK at work is zen, and I'm not really sure what zen is, but for me, it's this closet. I aspire to this closet. Ahhhh....

  • 20 Mar, 2009

    Everytime I see this closet, I feel such a sense of calm and serenity and a sense of hope that someday I can make mine look like that.

    I am wondering though how one could tell which purse is in which bag .........picture tags?

  • 20 Mar, 2009

    I read these tips every day. Some are very helpful, others are not. The ones that are, I use. The ones that are not, I delete. No need to complain! Use what you can and save the complaining for another forum!

  • 20 Mar, 2009

    I don't understand why people getting great advice think it's okay to be critical..... if you took the time to look instead of complain, you could see the what tehy are talking about.. look to the top of the door jam and look left... see The brown "lumps", that canvas, inside are the bags... jeepers....

  • 20 Mar, 2009

    I don't understand why people getting great advice think it's okay to be critical..... if you took the time to look instead of complain, you could see the what tehy are talking about.. look to the top of the door jam and look left... see The brown "lumps", that canvas, inside are the bags... jeepers....

  • 20 Mar, 2009

    I agree with the previous post. The current economic situation demands that I care for my possessions in the best possible manner. A limited budget means less money to purchase accessories and that means I need to care for and use what I have wisely. Just because something small doesnn n n n n n t make it less valuable. But honestly this is the way I live my life every day. I don't spend money frivolously; I treat every purchase as though itn n n n n n s an investments and I don't squander my investments.

  • 20 Mar, 2009

    With respect to the comment that the current economic situation makes this a silly time to discuss caring for your handbags, isn't exactly the opposite true? This is the BEST time to think about caring for what you already have! And I echo the sentiment that if you don't like what you read here, look elsewhere for something you do like.

  • 20 Mar, 2009

    Will start using the pillow cases I was thinking of getting rid of anyway. Great idea and was just wondering how to maintain my bags yesterday when I pulled one down and it was all dusty. Since I purchase most my bags second hand and can afford better bags this way, many times they don't contain the dust bags.

  • 20 Mar, 2009

    One thing I also do is to take little photos and clip them to the outside of the "dust bag" so that I can see what's inside easily.

  • 20 Mar, 2009

    The tip here is stuffing the purses to maintain shape and covering to keep dust free - with something that breathes. Can be done with any quality purse to help maintain it. I make the bags out of left over scraps of sewing projects or old pillowcases. One needn't purchase a $300 purse to obtain teh flannel bag. I grew up with stuffing our purses with newspaper wrapped in clean tissue paper, and wrappign the purses in pillow cases that had been darned too many times to use.

  • 20 Mar, 2009

    Whether you have 2 bags or 50, the basic idea is good, you just have to adapt the organizing ideas to your lifestyle. We pay enough for handbags anyway, that no matter the cost, it pays to take care of them. I use old pillow cases to put my other handbag(s) in when I'm not using them.

  • 20 Mar, 2009

    The flannel bags come with the purchase of bags costing around $300 . I think these solutions would be more useful and better received by Martha's readers
    if they included ideas for all "levels" of closets/purses.
    Ellie

    2oawhen you buy them, providing you spend about $300 for the handbang.

  • 20 Mar, 2009

    The flannel bags come with the purchase of bags costing around $300 . I think these solutions would be more useful and better received by Martha's readers
    if they included ideas for all "levels" of closets/purses.
    Ellie

    2oawhen you buy them, providing you spend about $300 for the handbang.

  • 20 Mar, 2009

    Adapt to you closet size. AIG has nothing to do with it . Find another web site then. Take the information and use it . If you have two pocketbooks then use the idea. If you don't have a pocketbook use the flannel sack! Im a working mom.. not the wife of an AIG exec.

  • 20 Mar, 2009

    I'd rather have sewing instructions for making the flannel bags ( not just any fabric can be used and most is treated with anti-flammable fluid bad for leather). Are those purses stuffed on the shelves? I can't see them. How about constructing a purse tree? How do I store twelve hats? How do I reach the upper shelves if I'm only 5 feet tall? How about a picture of something besides $30 Container Store boxes in a uni-color closet? How about alternative ideas!

  • 20 Mar, 2009

    The flannel bags come with high end handbags. But if they didn't you could make them. I have purses that I consider more seasonal and I put them in their bag at the change and put them up and away just to get them out of the way.

  • 20 Mar, 2009

    This is the silliest yet. At this time of economic stress, I think women should be more concerned about how to save money, not conserving yet another handbag! How many things does one person need. It's a great idea to protect the investment of personal items, but M. Stewart Living seems to concentrate on things that only the very rich would have to worry about, and then it would be their "help" that would be doing the worrying

  • 20 Mar, 2009

    Anyone know where to get these flannel sacks they refer to? I just checked The Container Store and they don't have them. Most of the stuff in that closet comes from The container Store, but not the sacks. It would be helpful to get the names of the suppliers.

  • 20 Mar, 2009

    HA! I have about 100 purses.... These closets only show about three pair of pants, 5 shirts, two sweaters, a hat box. some oddly thin folded things.... Get Real.
    This closet is highly unrealistic for anyone. As a result, these recent "closet" tips have probably helped not a single person. ( Oh yeah, give me 100 pounds of acid free paper so I can stuff all my Fendi bags!)

  • 20 Mar, 2009

    Hmmm - I usually just hang mine either on hangars, if I have room on a rod, or from hooks on the wall or the back of the door. I don't keep very many of my handbags, just the leather ones. I rather like the inexpensive ones. This way, they wear out and I have an excuse to replace them. I do the same with shoes: I have a few expensive basics that I keep and a lot of inexpensive fashion shoes that I replace each season or so (I like shoes).