Ah, the glory days of organizing my drag. It was always my favorite behind-the-scenes part of being a performer. However, I had to learn myself how to properly organize it all, and like many other performers, I did not have a small amount of it.
When it comes to organizing your drag, it is essential that you make sure you are putting it away in a way that YOU like, but also making sure that you are putting it away in a way that is protecting it, and not ruining it.
Most performers have what they call a drag room. A room in their homes that they have specifically designed for crafting and storing their drag. However, a majority of performers have a drag closet. A closet that houses all of their drag. These spaces are organized in a way that helps to not only maximize space, but to also maintain the collections that we have grown over the years.
-Lets start with the basic piece of drag there is, Costumes. A philosophy that I have heard about goes: If the costume hangs below your knees, hang it up, and if it doesn’t, fold it up. In other words, hang up the gowns, and fold up the leotards.
-When it comes to storing away the folded articles of clothing, it is best to use totes that are see through. This will help to make sure that you will see what you have, and will help to make sure that you know exactly where in the tote the costume is in.
-When it comes to wigs, it is always best to place the styled ones on a wig head, and either flip the non-styled wigs inside out, or hang them on a hanger. Make sure that the wig heads are secured down to insure the hair to not come undone or get ruined.
-For your jewelry, I recommend using the small 3-drawer organizers. These help to separate your earrings, bracelets, necklaces, and rings by pair or set. I like to use a labeler and label the outside of the drawer to help me know what is in each drawer without needing to open them.