How can I keep my bags from losing their shape?
It is easy for bags to lose their shape, what with the amount of things we chuck into them - laptops, tablets, bottles of water, cardigans for air-conditioned offices, make-up and wallets.
The way to keep a bag's shape intact is to make sure it has a sturdy base. Also, how you store your bag when not in use plays a big part in extending its longevity.
1. Create a base
While many bags have a rectangular or square interior, the items within are of all shapes and sizes.
Also, some items - especially electronic devices - can be heavy, causing the bags to lose their shape.
Create a sturdy makeshift base for your bag by cutting out a piece of cardboard that is the same shape as the base of your bag. Double up the material to make it difficult to bend and wrap it in a scarf or some other protective fabric material.
2. Store appropriately
How you store your bag makes a difference to how it looks.
Leaving it crumpled in the back of your closet is a sure-fire way to ruin its shape. Even keeping it upright does not help as it will bend due to gravity.
When you store a bag, stuff it with other items, such as other smaller bags or clothes, to help keep it from deflating like a day-old balloon.
Another way is to hang it by its handles onto a hook. This way, the bag will not bend and crease under its own weight.
This article was first published on June 26, 2015.
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