How to Organize Bathing Suits

Do you have a lot of bathing suits? If so, you might be wondering how to store them properly. You’re not alone. Many people struggle with how to organize bathing suits. They might wonder if they should put them in a drawer or hang them up. You don’t want them to take up too much space, but you also want to ensure they are easy to access when needed. You will want to find a place to store them during winter.

In this post, we will discuss different ways to store your bathing suits depending on the size of your closet and how much space you have. We will also give some tips on how to pack them away during the winter months!

How to Store Bathing Suits

Storing your bathing suits properly is very important because you want to ensure they last a long time. Because pools are often going into heavily chlorinated pools, it’s easy for them to wear out, especially when they aren’t stored correctly. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind when you store swimsuits.

Make sure the suits are dried completely!

The first thing you need to do before you store a bathing suit is to make sure it is dry. If you put a wet bathing suit in a drawer or storage container, it can mildew and ruin the fabric. Make sure your suits air dry completely before you store them away.

You can hang them on a horizontal drying rack, or you can also machine-dry them on a delicate cycle if you are in a hurry, but make sure to take them out as soon they are dry.

I like drying swimsuits on a flat surface if possible since swimsuits will usually dry the way they are hung. So if they are hung up over a rod, they can change shape.

However you choose to dry your swimsuit, make sure it is dried completely to prevent mildew from growing in your drawers, closet, or storage.


Store them in a place that doesn’t get extreme temperatures.

Another important tip when it comes to the possibility of growing mildew when you store swimsuits is that you make sure your swimwear collection is stored somewhere that doesn’t experience a lot of heat.

Basically, the storage space you choose should not be in an attic, a garage, or an outdoor shed. If you have the option, always choose a cool, dry location.

Washing Swimwear

One last thing you want to keep in mind when keeping your swimwear in good condition is to wash your swimsuits every so often. Washing your swimsuits will help to remove any salt, chlorine, sunscreen, and other chemicals that can break down the swimwear fabrics over time.

How often you should wash your swimsuit depends on how often you wear it. If you only wear your swimsuit a few times per season, then once at the end of the season should suffice. But if you are someone who swims every day, then you might need to wash your swimsuits more often.

Be careful when washing swimsuits – even high-quality swimsuits need to be handled carefully. The best washing process for swimsuits is to hand wash them in cold water with a mild detergent or gentle soap. Avoid using hot water, as this can damage the swimsuit fabric.

After washing, lay your swimsuit out to dry in the shade. Try not to put swimsuits in the dryer, as this can also damage the fabric. If you need to dry them quickly, run them on the gentle cycle.


Where to Store Swimsuits

If you have a lot of bathing suits, you might be wondering how to store them properly so they don’t take up a lot of space. The good news is, there are a few different ways that you can store your bathing suits. It really just depends on the size of your closet and how much storage space you have.

This is the before shot of my swimsuit bin. No organization whatsoever!


One place you can store your swimsuits is in your closet. Using your closet is a no-brainer, especially during the summer months when you’ll want easy access to your swimsuit collection.

If you have a small closet, consider using clear plastic containers on closet shelves or hanging organizers to keep your swimsuits organized.


If you don’t have a lot of space in your closet, another option is to store your swimsuits in drawers. This is a great option if you want to keep your swimsuits out of sight but still within reach.

Make sure to get drawer organizers to make it easier to organize swimsuits in your dresser drawer!


Storing your swimsuits in containers is a good idea if you have a large swimsuit collection, or if you want to move them out of the closet after the summer and store them away for colder months.

This is actually my favorite way to store swimsuits! It doesn’t take up any valuable closet or drawer space and still keeps your swimsuits nearby. I like using these storage bins because they are super pretty and I don’t need to worry about storing them out of sight.

The best way to organize your swimwear within a big container like this is to use little bags like these ones! Mesh bags like these will help keep your suit in pristine condition for the next summer! The mesh fabric of the bags is breathable, which will help prevent mildew. You’ll want to avoid things like solid plastic bags as that can breed mildew if your suit isn’t completely dry.


organized bathing suits in pouches

They are also transparent so you can easily see which swimsuit is in each bag. Whenever you need a certain swimsuit, you can quickly flip through each bag and quickly grab the one you need for your pool party.


How to Organize Bathing Suits

Now that we’ve covered a few storage solutions for your swimwear, let’s talk about how to organize that swimwear storage!

Organizing your swimsuits doesn’t have to be difficult. You can use the same methods you would use to organize any other type of clothing in your fitted wardrobe. There are several different methods or systems you can use to keep your suits organized. Here are my favorite ideas for how to organize swimsuits.

Organize by Type

One of the best ways to organize swimwear is by type! You might want to group all of your one-piece swimsuits together, and then do the same with your two-pieces.

Depending on the space you have in your drawer or container, you may only have one or two one-piece swimsuits and a couple of bikinis. You can just get a simple drawer organizer with one separator for your two types of swimwear.

swim suit organization

If you’re organizing for the whole family in one container, you can do one bin full of swim trunks (make sure you fold them nicely as they can easily wrinkle), one container for small items like bikinis, and one more for one-piece swimwear.

If you don’t have enough swimsuits for multiple bins, just use a little divider to separate the different types of swimwear. Organizing by type works really well when organizing for the whole family!

Organize by Use

Another way to organize swimwear is by use. For example, you can have a drawer for pool-only swimsuits, another for beach-only swimsuits, and another for lake-swimming suits.

If you only have one or two types of swimwear, this probably won’t make sense. But if you find yourself with a ton of different swimsuits, like cute bikinis and wetsuits and heavy-duty suits for swimming laps, then this organization method would work for you!

Organize by Color

One other way you could organize is by color. If you have a lot of swimwear with a lot of different patterns and colors, consider sorting them by color. That way, when you’re looking for a particular color, you can easily find it.

This would work best if you tend to have specific swimsuits in mind for each beach trip or pool party, then organizing by color might help you search for the specific suit you need.

You’re all set for your next pool party!

Now you have some tips and ideas for how to store and organize all of your swimsuits! No matter how many you have, there’s a way to keep them tidy and easy to access.

As we head into colder months, it’s easy to pack up those suits and put them in mesh bags and containers and store them under your bed or in a closet. That will free up space in your drawers and closet for a winter wardrobe.

Hopefully, these tips and ideas have helped and you’ll be able to store your swimsuits through the winter and have them ready for the beach next summer!

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