Totally Genius! How to Organize Your Swimsuits Like a Pro

If you love swimming, you probably have a collection of swimsuits that you use for different occasions. Whether you swim for fun, fitness, or competition, you want to keep your swimsuits in good shape and easy to find. But how do you organize your swimsuits so that they don’t get tangled, wrinkled, or damaged? Here are some tips and ideas to help you store and care for your swimwear.

How to Organize Swimsuits by Type and Use

family sitting on edge of pool kicking and splashing water

The first step to organizing your swimsuits is to sort them by type and use. Depending on your preference, you can separate one-piece suits from two-piece suits, or group them by styles such as bikinis, tankinis, and monokinis. You can also subdivide them based on the activity you use them for, such as sunbathing, swimming laps, or playing beach sports. This will help you find the right swimsuit for any occasion quickly and easily.

How to Store Swimsuits in Drawers, Bins, & Bags

Baskets with Swimsuit Labels

Once you have sorted your swimsuits by type and use, you need to find a place to store them. The best way to store swimsuits is to fold them or roll them neatly and place them in dedicated drawers, bins, and bags. This will prevent them from getting creased or snagged by other clothes or accessories. You can label the drawers, bins, or baskets with the type and use of the swimsuits inside, or use different colors or patterns to distinguish them.

Use Silicone Bags and Clear ID Holders

How cool is it that Winniewong used silicone bags and clear ID badge holders to store and organize her swimsuits (and my favorite – drawer dividers)!

Mesh Bags Perfect For Swimsuit Storage & Trips

How to Hang Swimsuits on Rods or Hooks

Another option to store swimsuits is to hang them on rods or hooks. This can save space and make your swimsuits more visible and accessible. However, you need to be careful not to stretch or damage the fabric or the straps of your swimsuits by hanging them. To avoid this, you can use padded hangers, clips, or shower curtain rings to hang your swimsuits gently and securely. You can also use towel bars or tension rods to create extra hanging space in your closet or laundry room.

How to Care for Swimsuits After Swimming

olive green two-piece swimsuit laying out on a bed, how to organize swimsuits

To keep your swimsuits in good condition, you need to care for them properly after swimming. Here are some steps to follow:

  • Rinse your swimsuit as soon as possible in cool water after each wear. This will remove most of the chlorine, salt, sand, sunscreen, and body oils that can damage the fabric and cause fading or staining.
  • Wash your swimsuit by hand in mild detergent and cold water every few wears. Avoid using bleach, fabric softener, or harsh chemicals that can harm the elasticity and color of your swimsuit.
  • Dry your swimsuit flat or hang it in the shade away from direct sunlight. Do not wring, twist, iron or machine dry your swimsuit as this can cause shrinkage, wrinkles, or damage.
  • Store your swimsuit in a cool and dry place away from heat and moisture. Do not store it in a plastic bag or a damp towel as this can promote mold and mildew growth.

FAQ: Organizing Swimwear

string bikini laying on the sand

How many swimsuits do I need?

There is no definitive answer to this question as it depends on your personal preference, budget, and lifestyle. However, some factors to consider are:

  • How often do you swim?
  • How many different activities do you use your swimsuits for?
  • How long does it take for your swimsuits to dry?
  • How much space do you have to store your swimsuits?

Based on these factors, you can decide how many swimsuits you need to have on hand for different occasions and seasons. A general rule of thumb is to have at least two or three swimsuits that you can rotate between wears.

How do I fold a swimsuit?

Folding a swimsuit is easy if you follow these steps:

  • Remove any padding from your swimsuit if possible.
  • Lay your swimsuit flat on a clean surface with the front side facing down.
  • Fold the straps over the back of the swimsuit.
  • Fold the bottom half of the swimsuit over the top half horizontally.
  • Fold the left side of the swimsuit over the right side vertically.

For a two-piece swimsuit, you can fold the top and bottom separately following the same steps, or lay the bottom on top of the folded top before folding them together.

How do I organize my swim accessories?

If you have swim accessories such as goggles, caps, towels, sunscreen, etc., you can organize them in separate containers or compartments from your swimsuits. You can use zippered pouches, mesh bags, plastic bins, or baskets to store your swim accessories neatly and conveniently. You can also label them with the type of accessory or use different colors or patterns to identify them easily.


Organizing your swimsuits can make your swimming experience more enjoyable and hassle-free. By sorting your swimsuits by type and use, storing them in drawers, bins, bags, rods, or hooks, and caring for them properly after swimming, you can keep your swimsuits in good shape and easy to find. You can also organize your swim accessories in separate containers or compartments to make packing for the beach or pool a breeze. With these tips and ideas, you can make the most of your swimwear collection and have fun in the water.

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