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How To Organize Your Face Masks

They’re a necessity for leaving the house—but how do you keep them from piling up at home?

A mask rack with masks hanging from hooks, reading "time to mask up"

(Photo: Etsy / APlusTeacherr)

Leaving the house now involves checking for phone, keys, wallet *and* your mask.

Wearing a reusable cloth mask when you’re out and about is important in the fight against COVID-19, especially as cases rise in parts of Canada. By now, we know that COVID-19 is spread through small liquid particles secreted when we cough, sneeze and even talk. By providing a physical barrier that stops droplets from landing on surfaces or being inhaled by others, masks help curb the spread of the disease.

There are a few things to be mindful of when using reusable cloth masks. First, they need to be washed. Narveen Jandu, an assistant professor at Waterloo University’s school of public health, says that masks should be washed after daily use. This can be done either by hand with soap and water, or they can be tossed into your washer and dryer (or hung to air dry) with the rest of your laundry.

When you’re out and about, make sure your mask stays clean and maintains its shape. Rolling your mask down to your chin, or cramming it into your pocket isn’t optimal since “it’s getting bunched up, it’s getting folded up and you’re potentially soiling it,” says Jandu. “Soiling it or compromising the integrity of the mask, and then putting it on, would not be ideal.” Use a Ziploc bag to avoid this, and replace the bag every few days. You can also use a small reusable bag, like a sunglasses bag or a jewelry pouch—just remember to wash it as often as you wash your masks.

At home, it’s important to keep your clean masks somewhere they will stay dry, keep their shape and stay separate from your dirty ones. Here are 7 possible mask organization solutions.

Repurpose a wall-mounted coat hanger

If you have an old coat hanger kicking around in your garage, now’s the perfect time to hang it up in your entryway. Or, shell out for a dedicated mask hanger—like the pretty one at the top of this story, from Etsy, $49.

A photo of Ikea's LOSJÖN Hanger, mixed colors $8.99/ 5 pack for a piece on how to organize masks

(Photo: Ikea)

Get some adhesive hooks

Grab a pack of adhesive hooks and stick them onto the wall near your home’s entrance for a quick mask organization solution.

$9, ikea.ca.

A grouping of baskets from Pehr

(Photo: Chantell Lauren / Pehr)

Fill some baskets

Get a couple of cute baskets or bins to store your masks by the front door so you always have clean ones on hand when you’re rushing out.

$30, shoppehr.com.

A mesh bag for washing face masks

(Photo: Etsy / thelunababyboutique)

Keep dirty masks in laundry bags

Need somewhere to keep your dirty masks? Store them in a mesh laundry bag and toss the whole thing into the washing machine when you wash your clothes.

Etsy, $13.

Upcycle your food storage containers (hello, cookie tins)

Round up some empty cookie tins and place your masks in them for an easy DIY solution.

Two green shopping bags hanging from a rack for mask storage ideas

(Photo: iStock)

Use tote bags, and your existing coat hooks or hangers

Need to separate a bunch of kids’ and adult masks, plus filters and mask bags? Make use of all those canvas tote bags you’ve collected over the years, and any existing coat hooks or hangers to corral and sort (added bonus: you can still hang your coat overtop). Or, shell out for a cute bag, like this one from Okayok.

A homemade mask drying rack, using clothes pins and a coat hanger

Make your own indoor mask dryer

Use a coat hanger and some clothes pegs to make what is the world’s quickest craft project: a mask dryer. Or, if you just have a couple of masks to dry, repurpose an old hanger—the kind with clips on it.

A set of masks drying on a homemade mask drying rack