Summer and travel go hand in hand, along with all the accompanying luggage. I’ve got a few luggage storage ideas to keep your suitcase and travel accessories organized in between trips.
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Where to Store Luggage at Home
Luggage can be cumbersome to store, but there are few hiding spots in your home that are perfect for stowing it away between trips.
If you have a luggage set that includes various sizes such as a carry-on bag, hanging clothes bag, and a personal bag, I recommend nesting them all inside your suitcase. If you use packing cubes, put them in your suitcase, too. Then, when your luggage is not in use, store:
- on the top shelves of your bedroom closet (or in a spare bedroom closet). If your closet doesn’t have shelves, consider installing shelves at least twelve inches below ceiling height. Ideally, your shelf will be deep enough for the luggage to lay on its side.
- under your bed. Bed risers should allow plenty of room to store luggage
- entry/foyer closet – I love the idea of keeping luggage in sight to inspire travel, especially if traveling is something you really enjoy. Again, the top shelf will keep your luggage handy when you need it, but out of the way of everyday living.
- on the closet floor behind your hanging clothes. Typically, there’s just enough space between the clothing items and the wall to set your suitcase against the wall. It will be out of sight, but easily accessible when it’s time to pack. This travel storage ideas works particularly well if you have a small space.
Can You Store Luggage in the Garage for Attic?
I don’t recommend storing luggage in the garage, basement or attic. If you do use those spaces, be sure to protect your suitcases and travel accessories from dust, humidity, and critters with a plastic luggage cover like these.
One more tip before putting your luggage away, toss in some cedar moth repellants to keep it fresh in between use.
How to Store Duffel Bags
I recommend keeping your duffel bag, weekend bag, backpacks, and tote bags handy for quick trips and weekend getaways. Plus, these types of bags are versatile enough to be used for going to the farmer’s market, holding library books, or corralling pool toys and towels.
Other ways to store duffel bags include hanging them:
- in the foyer closet
- on a hook in your bedroom closet ( or a spare bedroom closet)
- on a hall tree in the foyer or mudroom
How to Store Travel-Size Bags
Of course, we need a way to store store personal products, tech gadgets, and chargers while we travel. All those travel accessories tend to require travel-size bags. Their smaller size means they can get lost in the shuffle, or buried in a pile of travel items when not in use.
One option is to keep travel-size bags packed and ready to go by stocking them with products, and storing them with their suitcases.
However, if you need more frequent access to your travel-size bags, I recommend designating a bin or basket to store them. These can be stocked with your travel toiletries, or you can store those items separately.
Store the bin or basket holding your travel-size bags on shelf in your linen closet, in a laundry room cabinet, under the bathroom sink, or on a closet shelf.
Here’s a peek inside my own linen cabinet showing how exactly how I organize my travel toiletries.
I recommend labeling your travel-size bags so that when you’re packing, you don’t have to spend time picking out bags.
Some possible label options include:
- Hair care
- Bath and body
- Skin care
- Personal care
- Feminine products
- First aid
Simple Living Tip – Cut down on the amount of products you need by using items that serve more than one purpose.
For example, a travel size bottle of Dr. Bronner’s castile soap can be used for shampoo, body wash, shaving cream, hand soap, dish soap, or laundry detergent.
Pack makeup that can be applied to your lips and cheeks. Better yet, get a makeup palette that has foundation, eyeshadow, lip gloss, and blush all in one.
Having a place for all your luggage and travel accessories makes packing and unpacking so much easier, leaving you to focus on some well-deserved time off.
Bonus Storage Tips
- If you’re short on space, or feel like you have too much stuff, start by decluttering your home. Doing this will make storing and organizing things like suitcases, so much simpler.
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