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Unread 09-04-2014, 03:24 PM   #1
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How do you keep your cosplays in order?

I was just wondering how people keep their costumes in order, especially with how little room some people have.

My costumes tend to start piling up (neatly though) after i make them, especially with hats and shoes and such xD. It's a pain trying to keep them separated from regular clothing.
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Unread 09-04-2014, 03:31 PM   #2
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For costumes with smaller pieces like, for example, my Mami Tomoe, I have tupperware storage bins in my closet where I can keep everything together! Usually the wig goes in there as well (Mami's does not, because it's heavily styled, but if it's a generic wig, yep). They're labeled by character. For costumes that can be put on a hanger, they're hanging in a section of my closet.
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Unread 09-04-2014, 03:39 PM   #3
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This is what I do..wigs go in a plastic bin, props depending on size go in a bin, costumes go in garment bags in my closet.
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Unread 09-04-2014, 05:20 PM   #4
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Costumes go on hangers covered by a trash bag (garment bag style), with the bits and pieces in plastic bins. Shoes go in one of those shoe divider things under my bed... Hats are sort of stacking right now. I don't know what to do with hats.

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Unread 09-04-2014, 05:25 PM   #5
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Yeah, I don't. They're all over my house. XD Tho, I do have a big metal cabinet for my wigs.
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Unread 09-04-2014, 05:28 PM   #6
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Tupperware bins and space bags are my way to go.
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Unread 09-04-2014, 06:03 PM   #7
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There is a cabinet in my bathroom for linens. Wigs and headdresses go in there. There is a tiny coat closet by my door: clothing, shoes, and props go in there. There is a dining room table: a bunch of tools n stuff live there.

So my costumes are pretty organized, but my sheets and towels get stored in empty suitcases, my coats get piled on the couch, and I have to eat at a TV tray instead of a table.

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Unread 09-04-2014, 07:54 PM   #8
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You really don't need some kind of miracle system. Simply putting them away is enough - deciding to get dedicated storage (bins, etc) or hanging up parts in a certain section of your closet is already above and beyond just putting them away.

When I was still living in apartments, I still managed to have particular rubbermaid bins (they're on sale now for college students and will be on sale again for Halloween, Christmas, and every other occasion where people might need to store things) solely for costumes. I also have a tower of the stacking plastic bins with clear drawers to put costume things in. They're not even really organized, just...chronological? As I finished costumes and had to get more bins, which got stacked on top, newer costumes went in there and older costumers end up lower down in the stack.
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Unread 09-04-2014, 09:04 PM   #9
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They're all throughout the house. Did you want to make a sandwich? Well, when you open the fridge to get the cheese there'll probably be a cosplay in there.

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Unread 09-04-2014, 09:35 PM   #10
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I occasionally store most of my costumes in my luggages since I don't travel a lot so it helps with space. Some of my more fragile costumes go into a box. Only my heavy styled wigs have their own wig heads while everything else goes into a box as well.
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Unread 09-04-2014, 10:03 PM   #11
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I made a rack and attacked it to my craft room wall and hung my non-styled wigs on it. Wig heads are stored wherever there is space. Shoes are all stored in my shoe bin. And costumes are put in a spacebag if I have no plans to wear it for a bit and ones that I'm currently wearing for a few conventions go on hangers, with the exception of my Ice Elsa since it's so heavy due to the sequins and beads (you also never hang a beaded garment). That one is in a spacebag and on top of all the spacebagged costumes so that i can easily access it. Accessories are put in a gallon bag (each character has it's own bag), labeled and put in a bin. Props get stored with the swords, nerf guns, laundry room or my mom's dinning room.
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Unread 09-04-2014, 10:06 PM   #12
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Well, right now I don't have any space for props and armor equipment, so my Vaati cosplay is kind of scattered all over my room. >.>

However, I'll be moving sometime this month, and I'd like to plan for a more dedicated cosplay space in my work room (I'll finally be getting one~). What I'd like to do is just have a bunch of storage bins for accessories, wigs, and whatnot, and hang costumes in the closet in that room. Shoes can hang out on the closet floor in an orderly fashion. My kimono supplies will have to be kept in separate storage bins, though, which is fine, I just need more of them what with my recent kimono binge. >.>
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Unread 09-04-2014, 10:45 PM   #13
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I have a large trundle drawer on my bed, a dresser drawer, a wardrobe with enough room for shoes (including my cosplay shoes, which outnumber normal ones), and wigs go on top of a big storage shelf I bought from costco. I don't do a lot of props, but those tend to be stored at my boyfriend's since he usually makes them. I live in a student house, so everything stays in my bedroom, but luckily I have a good-sized room.
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Unread 09-04-2014, 11:01 PM   #14
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I have my own house so I have some space to work with. Many of my costumes and shoes are in a free-standing wardrobe like below, but some have poured over into a bedroom closet.

The wardrobe cost about $25 and I would like to get another one... or maybe I could sell some costumes, hmm, nah.

Some lightweight accessories are just in plastic bags looped over the hanger for the costume so everything stays together. Wigs are in a big plastic tote, props are standing in another tote or leaning against a wall. Everything is in the finished basement [save for the aforementioned bedroom closet] so that I can kind of contain the craziness so it also cuts down on the scramble to tidy up the house if guests stop by on short notice.
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Unread 09-05-2014, 12:53 AM   #15
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My costume stuff has to compete with my wardrobe and my boxes of Sailor Moon merchandise. Basically I put each costume in its own space saver bag. Sometimes I'll have each part in its own baggie, like one for accessories, another for armbands and stockings, etc. and put those smaller bags into the bigger space saver bag. The bags then go into a bin. Shoes are packed in their own bags and put in the same bin. All of my wigs go in one bag together, and each prop in its own bag.

Cosplay supplies and tools are a different story...I have tried so hard to keep all that stuff tidy but to no avail.
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