Organizing your Jewelry Collection

Do you ever try to put on your jewelry and instead you find it’s in an endless tangle? Well you’re not alone, and jewelry is especially prone to becoming one big jumble. Often times, out of sight means out of mind, and if your jewelry is in a huge clump it’s of no use to you. By organizing all of your necklaces, rings, bracelets, and earrings, you can really utilize all of your jewelry to its full advantage.

And, you’re in luck because there are so many cute, affordable, and easy ways to tackle that clump of jewelry so that you can get back to wearing it!

Just like you would with a closet clean-out, it’s important to go through each piece. By doing this, you can sort and separate each piece, pair matching earrings or bangles, and figure out what you’re willing to keep or give away. Set aside items that need to be cleaned or polished (and commit to actually getting around to cleaning them!). If some pieces are damaged beyond repair, throw them out. Once you’ve gone through and detangled each piece of jewelry, you can move on to the second step: selecting your organizers.

Next up is to figure out where you want to keep your jewelry. There are a few different ways to organize your pieces depending on whether you plan to store them in a drawer, on a countertop, or in a box.

Everyday Accessible

The jewelry that you wear every day should be accessible and organized so that it’s easy for you to grab and put on while you’re running out the door. If you leave those pieces out in a pretty dish, you’ll never forget to wear them and you won’t have to go looking for them either.

Storing Jewelry in Drawers

If you plan to keep your jewelry in a drawer, your focus should be on creating small compartments and boxes for individual pieces to avoid things getting tangled. Separate your rings, earrings, and necklaces into different sections. Ideally, each item should have its own small compartment. Expandable trays are also a great option, because you can customize them to fit your drawers. While you still want it to look nice, organization is more important than how it looks, since you can close the drawer and hide your stuff away.

Storing Jewelry on Display

If you want your jewelry to be on display either on a countertop or wall, emphasis should be on using vertical space and making it look aesthetically pleasing. Jewelry stands or hooks are great ways to organize your jewelry while still making it look nice. Place the longer pieces at the top, while bracelets or shorter necklaces should go on the lower rungs. You can also use small colored dishes or containers to showcase pieces that aren’t at risk for getting tangled such as earrings or rings.

DIY Ideas

There are so many super cute ideas on Pinterest for DIY jewelry organization. For example:

  1. If you have an old picture frame, back it with a memo or cork board (something that you can easily push a pin into) and paint it whatever color suits your bedroom or closet best. Hang lightweight necklaces by draping them over pushpins.

  2. Turn an old cabinet into your jewelry haven by inserting small hooks and drilling small holes to hang all your fave pieces.

  3. Place empty ice cube trays in drawers to compartmentalize each of your individual pieces.

  4. Add small hooks to a piece of driftwood or piece of wood and hang it on the wall.

  5. If you’re really savvy, build your own jewelry box with wood and some glue!

It’s most important to store your jewelry in a way that makes it easily accessible to you. After all, what good is all your beautiful jewelry if it never sees the light of day!?

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