We at Unclutterer hope that all of our readers had a wonderful Labor Day holiday and didn’t miss hearing from us while we also took a few days off from work. To get back into the swing of things, I thought that we would tackle a question from a reader. Christian asks:
Dear Unclutterer, I have quite a few baseball caps. There are some that I could toss or donate right now. Others I might want to store away for really messy work days when I don’t want to ruin a good hat. But do you have any tips for organizing the rest of my hats that I wear occasionally?
Christian, I hope that since you wrote your e-mail to us that you have tossed or donated the hats that you didn’t wear on a regular basis. If you haven’t, then let me recommend getting rid of your extra hats as your first step in your hat organization process.
I grew up in a farming community where most of the men wore a single baseball hat for years at a time. I’m also fairly certain that most of them only had one baseball hat. Maybe there was a hat “on deck” in case something happened to their favorite one, but they definitely didn’t have enough baseball hats to need a hat organizer. Noting this, my second piece of advice is to evaluate why you want to own many hats that you only wear occasionally? Can you part with more than you initially thought possible?
Maybe you will ultimately decide that you want to keep two cotton hats for summer wear and two wool ones for winter. Or, maybe you want two with logos of your favorite baseball team and two with logos of your favorite football team. Regardless of your choosing method, I can’t see why you would ever need more than four baseball hats. If someone can explain to me a valid reason, I may change my tune, but my experience shows me otherwise.
I have two baseball hats (a fitted wool one and an adjustable cotton one), and I keep both of them in a single, clear, plastic, shoe box. The plastic box keeps dust from collecting on them, and my husband stores his hats in the same bin. If, however, you decide that collecting baseball hats is your obsession and find my four-hat maximum laughable, then I suggest buying something like a cap rack. A cap rack attaches over the top of a door and allows you to view the front panel of each of your hats. You’ll need to dust your hats every once in a while, but this method seems to be the most efficient use of space for a large baseball hat collection.
Christian, we wish you much success in your hat organization pursuits. Let us know what you end up doing with your hats, and check the comments section to see if other readers have suggestions for alternate storage solutions.