At its simplest, a belt is a way to keep your pants from falling down. But a belt can be so much more. Why not wear a belt as a fashion accessory just like shoes or a nice handbag? Use the buckle like a piece of jewelry. The humble belt can be another means of self-expression if you let it. Let them project your mood and personality. Some of us even collect belts and belt buckles. After all, there are many styles and colors from which to choose. This means you’ll probably want more than one. And if you want to keep your collection nice, you’ll need to learn how to store belts and belt buckles.

Belts have become a hot fashion accessory. We want them in every color and style to match our clothing. Because of this, the number of belts in our closets tends to keep growing. That’s why most of us could benefit from some sort of storage and organization system for belts.

Belts can be organized by either hanging them from the buckle on some type of hook/belt organizer or rolling them. Many people choose to store their everyday belts with a hook system for convenience. Special occasion belts that are less frequently used are typically rolled and kept in a drawer. The belt buckles on these rolled belts are sometimes removed and stored separately like jewelry — especially if you have a large, expensive belt buckle collection.

Organize Casual Belts in a Closet by Hanging Them

Your everyday belts need to be stored in a way that ensures quick and easy access. Belt buckles are usually not removable on this type of belt. Therefore, the best way to accomplish this is by hanging the belt from the buckle. There are many organizers on the market for hanging belts but be sure to choose one that allows access to individual belts without having to first remove the others. That means multiple hooks and possibly multiple organizers. Belt hooks don’t take up much room. There’s usually a spot in every closet that can accept a hook. You might also try a sliding belt rack. These racks attach to the closet panel and don’t take up much space. They offer 5-6 hooks and slide out for easy access when you need them.

Belt hooks and belt racks for storing everyday belts.
Use multiple belt hooks or a belt rack with many hooks on it to store your everyday belts.

How to Store Belts in a Drawer

Special belts that you only wear with specific outfits, “art” belts, crochet belts, and belts stored without the buckle are best kept rolled in a drawer. Any drawer can protect them, but those sized 7 to 7-1/2 inches deep containing drawer organizers offer the most efficient belt storage. To store belts in a drawer, first roll it into a loose coil like a rope. Any attached buckles should be on the outside of the coil. The direction of the coil is less important if the buckle is removed prior to storage. However, the side of the belt you want to show should always face out. Don’t worry about the leather becoming curled. After all, it’s going to be used around your waist and doesn’t need to lie flat. Once coiled, gently lay the belt into the drawer organizer.

Belts stored rolled in a drawer
Specialty belts should be rolled and stored in a drawer. Use drawer dividers to prevent them from becoming uncoiled. That way they stay neat and organized. Images courtesy of Closet Works.

Store Collectible Belt Buckles Like Jewelry

Some belts need to have the buckles removed and stored separately. Use a velvet lined jewelry organizer to store these belt buckles. After all, what are collectible belt buckles but a type of jewelry? It just happens that this particular jewelry is worn at the waist instead of the neck like a traditional pendant or dangling from the ears like earrings. In fact, many antique and collectible belt buckles display gemstones or other jewelry-like decoration on their faces. But whether they are made from jewels, precious metals, or some other material, belt buckles are easily scratched. Try to find velvet jewelry drawer liners with low compartments to help keep the buckles in place when the drawer is opened and closed. You want to prevent them from jostling around and getting damaged. Drawer organizers intended for storing eyeglasses also work well for belt buckles.

Belt buckles and jewelry stored in velvet lined drawer.
Store your belt buckle collection in a velvet-lined drawer just as you would the rest of your fine jewelry. Velvet drawer liners with compartments work well for this purpose and prevent the individual buckles from rubbing against each other and getting scratched. These “art” belt buckles are stored in the velvet-lined drawer of a custom closet island designed specifically to hold them. Image courtesy of Closet Works.

Some belt buckle collectors prefer to display their belt buckles on the wall like art. This is fine as long as the buckle is in some sort of case, but it is not very convenient if you want to occasionally wear the buckle. In my opinion, you’re better off with a velvet lined drawer organizer.

Why is it important to understand how to store belts and belt buckles?

Organizing your belts and other wardrobe accessories is all a part of living an organized life. It’s important because when your closet is in disarray, chances are other areas of your life will also be in chaos. Prevent this from happening by learning to stay on top of the mess so that it never happens in the first place. One small step to making this happen is keeping your belts organized. Plus, they’ll help your belts to last longer, giving you more years of enjoyment with your collection. This, in turn, saves money. Who wouldn’t want that?

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