I love nothing more than accessories; jewels, pearls, golds, sterling silvers, bracelets, earrings, necklaces, rings, you name it. Organizing my jewelry, especially necklaces and earrings, is another matter! Coco Chanel is famous for advising that you should take off one accessory before leaving the house. I say do whatever makes you feel fabulous (unless that means walking the streets nude – that’s illegal.) Just like your closet, you won’t ever wear what you can’t easily see. I was wasting my collection hiding them away, leaving them wherever I happened to take them off, and lost pieces that were misplaced simply because they didn’t have a place.
5 tips for organizing your accessories // necklaces & earrings
- Keep them visible – like I said – you won’t wear what you can’t see!
- Make sure there is a place for everything. If there isn’t any room, now is the perfect time to take a look at which pieces you no longer wear. You can take those pieces and give them to your daughter, your sister, donate them or sell them at a consignment store or on a site like poshmark or ebay.
- Store delicate pieces (the sheen of a pearl is particularly susceptible to oils and scratches) appropriately. Use velvet lined trays and keep items like pearls and metals separate.
- Think outside the box! You don’t have to invest in custom built-in drawers for your closet; chances are, you already have things you can use around the house. While storing them in an expensive chest or drawer system in your boudoir (I use that word to describe where you would keep them, whether it’s a vanity in your dressing room, your closet, your bathroom – where jewelry should only be stored if it can be kept safe from humidity and chemicals, or your bedroom), is the best option, I’ve found that having them in one spot where I can see it all at once keeps me rotating through my collection.
- Many fashion jewelry pieces are gold-plated (or plated in some sort of precious metal.) This “plating” wears off over time, and will wear faster and tarnish more quickly if stored closely with other metals, cheap metals in particularly. Treat all of your jewelry with care to extend its life.
Now that I’ve got that out-of-the-way, let’s talk organization again. If you are like me, I clean out my closet every few months……and have a large pile of clothes that will be sold, donated or recycled. Every time I clean my closet, I have big hopes that I’ve gotten rid of enough that I will miraculously have space for something awesome, like a shoe or jewelry cabinet. Sadly, all I ever have is a little bit of breathing room for the favorites I decide to keep.
|I started using vintage teacups, but I needed something for longer, larger earrings. I thrifted this glass for $.49!|
|These jewelry trees can be found everywhere: Forever21, Kohls, JoAnns, Michaels, Hobby Lobby……|
|Another vintage teacup thrifted for under $1!|
|I thrifted an old picture frame, spray painted it and simply added pins directly to the wall behind it (I’m not afraid of a few small holes, lol!) They have some decorative push-pin type hook at Lowe’s and Home Depot. I put up a mirror so I wouldn’t carry the jewelry into the bathroom or closet – I was ending up with piles of discarded jewelry all over the place!|
|My bracelets and rings are kept in the top drawer of my dresser. I found some great jewelry organizers at Michaels, including this velvet-lined ring display tray. If you use a drawer, you can line it with felt to keep your pieces, cups and saucers, and containers from sliding around when the drawer is opened or closed.|