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SSS To Organizing Your Jewelry August 8, 2009

WrapAround Mango Baubles, bangles and earrings, oh my! Do you have a drawer full of precious jewels, costume trends, or a little of both?  Here is an even bigger question. Do you know where everything is? Are all your jewels tucked away in boxes and drawers? Do you forget what you have? How do we organize our jewelry so we can bedazzle ourselves in seconds?

Have no fear, I have a couple solutions for you that can be done in probably less than an hour. Unless of course you are the Princess on Monaco, which you more than likely are not, but if the Princess of Monaco is reading this, cool! Okay, okay I’ll stop dreaming, for this project, first things first – you will need a glass of wine. Due to the process of this task, you will probably be doing a lot of jogging down memory lane. Wine is good for that.

Before I give you a list of what you need, take a look at your space allowance. I will give you ideas for different space requirements.

When you have a designated drawer for jewelry in your room, closet or bathroom:

  1. A stacking jewelry tray that fits in drawers will be a great addition.
  2. Small organizing containers that clip together and come in all different sizes so you can piece them together according to your needs would also be useful.

The following are options for jewelry storage in any situation. Before you purchase anything be sure to look at your space and chose wisely.

1. Many jewelry boxes are available out there that have different layers, so you   can separate the good, the great and the ugly. (I.e. the Christmas pin your Great  Aunt crocheted for you).  These work very well for rings, bracelets and necklaces.

2. For the jewelry that tarnishes or is only worn on special occasions, keeping  them in a cloth bag will help silver and gold not to tarnish as quickly. Attaching a tag to the drawstring allows you to quickly identify the piece and not have to  open all the bags before finding the right one.

3. Look in your local multi purpose store, such as Target, Wal-Mart and Meijer  for makeup organizing boxes. They have several tiers that are great for separating  jewelry.

4. Earrings are sometimes difficult to organize. How many times after a long day  or evening do you take them off and throw on your dresser? That is fine, I do the  same thing. The difference is you need to have something to throw them into. I  have a fired clay dish that my daughter made for me in school. Anything can   work; do you have a favorite teacup, or saucer? Anything around your home can  work.

5. Purchasing an “earring tree” for the top of your dresser is an option. I have to  tell you these are not my favorite. They keep your earrings organized and in one  place, but it’s also visual clutter. Save your dresser top for a beautiful perfume  bottle, decorative box and a picture of your dog.

Where do the earrings get stored when they are not in use?  I have not found the ideal item specifically made for earring storage that I like, but I have several ideas for you that will work for all your earrings, necklaces, bracelets, broaches, rings and anything else shiny.

  1. Ice cube trays- Think about it, they each have 12 sections and stack nicely. Of course most are not very pleasant to look at, so how about finding a drawer or cabinet in you bathroom or bedroom to store them in?
  2. A bulletin board – Cover it with a cool fabric and use stickpins to hang earrings, necklaces and bracelets. It can become part of your décor and still looks nice.
  3. A shadow box- another decorative choice. Shadow boxes can be purchased at any craft store.  Place a cork backing in it and use like the bulletin board. Shadowboxes have a door to keep out dust and admiring little fingers.
  4. Decorative box – Purchase a decorative painted or fabric box at a craft store and use drawer-organizing containers to keep items separated. The boxes are lovely to look at and look great stacked on each other.
  5. Bracelets, necklaces even hoop earrings and rings can be stored on a dowel rod that is hung on a support such as little hooks or some unique knobs. Think about where that would fit in your space.
  6. How about pegboard. It’s not just for you garage. Picture this, pegboard painted, but to size and framed. Fasten it to your closet door or wall space and use hooks made specifically pegboard to hang your treasure. Cheap, easy and your friends will think you’re crafty.

Do you see that the actual choice of the proper tools is the biggest task?  After that sorting will be easy!

When going through your treasures sort by:

  1. Earrings by size – unless you have a second or third hole in your ear, get rid of the earrings that don’t have a partner.
  2. Occasion – less frequently worn jewels can be stored in a less front and center place.
  3. Frequently worn jewelry such as a watch or ring could be stored in the dish for your quick jewelry take off moments.

As you sort through your jewelry, did you find the necklace your ex-boyfriend gave you? How about your

Grandmother’s ring? I hope you found some treasures that bring back some good memories. I don’t know about

7060you, but I’m sipping my wine and I’m grooving to some Love and Rockets and I guess I’ve got to throw in some Van Halen somewhere. Oh crap there goes Barbara again…”Memories, light the corners of my mind”. Okay back to reality, you are on a roll and keep going. Good luck with the sparkly things in your life. Until next time, Cheers


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8 Responses to “SSS To Organizing Your Jewelry”

  1. Kendra Kett Says:

    Hi Julie!! I love all the suggested ways to organize jewelry! You are amazing! I have a few ideas myself that I would love to pass on to you, Julie! Years ago, my favorite jewelry organizer was a tupperware vegetable organizer (the kind that had several compartments and you put dip in the middle of and it had a lid and handle…). Well, since I never did that sort of thing, I threw away the lid and handle when I fount out that it fit perfectly in one of my dresser drawers — and voila! — it became a jewelry organizer. Silver in one compartment, gold in another, bangles, earrings, pins, etc. Perfect. Alas, though after a decade of that, I did move on to more “modern” drawer organizers…little boxes of different sizes that fit into each other — I bought a bunch of those which I still use now. Long ones for necklaces, square ones for bangles, little teeny one for earrings…etc. And…I recently hung a beautiful wrought iron little rack of hooks with some birds on it next to my dresser…this holds my favorite necklaces. I use a lot of things to “organize” my jewelry and keep it all handy and neat/tidy. I have never used a jewelry box…oh well! I do buy pretty candy dishes at flea markets and antique stores as a “catch-all” for my earrings and rings at night and these are on my dresser. Because they are pretty they don’t look too “cluttered.” Hope my ideas are helpful to someone out there! xo

  2. Debbie Says:

    Hi Julie!

    This is a great post and very timely for me! One of the projects on my to do list was to organize my jewelry in a more useful way. Thanks for all the great ideas –some I use already and others sparked new ideas.

  3. Angela Says:

    This post was so timely for me because all the flat surfaces around me had become cluttered with jewerly. Even my husband noticed. So he built me this fabulous display/hanger –
    http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2029755&id=1425364040&l=ac5dcdf923

    It’s almost like artwork! One of the best things is that he was able to re-use some trim pieces from our kitchen cabinets. And it really encourages me to put items that I wear back in their places at the end of the day.

    Love your tweets & videos!

  4. Misty Butler Says:

    Julie,

    I have taken to use beautiful china, tea cups and unique glassware that I pick up from garage sales to organize my jewelry by type (pearl, silver-large, etc….) and color (black, brown, pink, etc…). This works out perfectly and adds some flair to my closet, where my jewelry shelf is housed for easy accessorizing.

  5. suratem Says:

    Your blog very useful information for me.Thanks for useful information…

    SurateM

  6. Love your tips! Especially the ice cube trays – brilliant!


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