Let's Talk Suitcases

June 1, 2020

Young woman with suitcases in a panic, car parking

While I am certain most would much rather pack a suitcase for travel right now, truth is COVID-19 Quarantine has grounded our travel plans. While staycations are temporarily our new normal with limited travel, in the meantime you are encouraged to take this perfect time to check your suitcases and passports to ensure you are ready for take-off when the time is right. Ask yourself, do you typically have all the needed luggage pieces when traveling? Perhaps you would like to invest in one with four wheels for easy maneuvering, if not already owned. Also does your suitcase usually exceed the required airline weight limit? You should then consider using or buying a smaller bag and carry-on vs. one large suitcase (photo), it will save you in the long run. The frequency of your travel should determine where to store your suitcases in your home. If only used a few times a year, it doesn’t need to be in a prime or convenient location; basements or out of the way storage works. You may save space when storing; If possible, nest the luggage inside other pieces to save space.

Carry-on and small suitcase; both meet most airline carry-on guidelines
L-Suitcases stored in cool place. R-Old suitcases used store seasonal clothing and extra linen (tablecloth used for holidays)

If you decide to invest in a new suitcase, pause before you rid yourself of the extra luggage; assess whether you are able to use for a different purpose. As an organizer, we often look for pieces with dual purpose. We love items that serves in more than one capacity and therefore reduces clutter–old suitcases fits the criteria. Suitcases provide great storage for out of season clothing, extra linen, holiday decorations, and hiding gifts. However, when assessing whether or not to keep luggage owned, it is still very important to limit how many to retain; only keep what is necessary and what does not create clutter in your space. If there is a suitcase that no longer serves you, that is, you seldom or never use, and you don’t really have extra room to store, sell (if in great condition) or donate. If donating, consider a local family service organization for foster children. However, when retaining suitcases for storage, make certain to store suitcases in a dry, cool place to protect contents. Basements, closets top shelves and under beds are great spots. 

Happy Travels!