It looks like face masks are going to be a part of our wardrobe for a while. A growing number of states, including Texas and California, are now mandating the wearing of face masks in public.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, using face coverings in public helps slow the spread of COVID-19. Experts say that keeping a good supply of masks on hand for every member of the family is a good idea, but storing them can be tricky.
According to Forbes, you want to keep your masks — both the disposable and cloth varieties— on hand so you won’t forget them when you leave your home, but you also want to keep them organized.
Here are some tips on how and where to store your face masks from home decorating experts:
- For those working outside the home, Derek Holland, co-owner of The Closet Factory in Lincoln, California, recommends keeping face masks in a closet drawer next to essentials you wear every day.
- Hang them on valet rods, suggests another closet designer, who says her clients buy cloth face masks that coordinate with their wardrobe.
- Keep them by the entryway, says Scott Koehler, of Dream Kitchen Builders in North Carolina. Koehler keeps his face masks in a bowl on an antique cabinet by the front door.
- Keep a box of disposable masks in the front coat closet for guests, the experts suggest.
- Use hooks in the mudroom, if you have one, to hang face masks. Make sure that each member of the family has his or her own hook.
- Use a separate storage container in the laundry room to store face masks prior to laundering. A pair of baskets or bins for clean and dirty masks can be a good storage idea. Koehler says he puts his masks right into his LG Styler for sanitation. This new but handy steam-based appliance is ideal for practical applications like this.
The experts told Forbes that in the future, creative minds may develop a dispenser for disposable face masks, much like the ones we use for facial tissues.
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