When we think about organizing our homes, the big spaces probably come to mind: the kitchen, the bathroom, the garage, etc. And there is no doubt that tackling those areas is a necessary part of the process! But what about the smaller projects? Keeping the smaller things organized is an important and sometimes overlooked part of having an organized home. Whole rooms are made up of smaller parts. And having a plan for those smaller parts will give you your best chance for successfully maintaining the tidiness you have worked so hard for.
Today, we’ll be looking at one of these; jewelry. Now, if anything was going to make us believe in spontaneous generation, it would be jewelry. In spite of much self-control, the necklaces and bracelets and glitter and gold just seem to show up out of nowhere. On top of that, they’re not easily disposed of. So they accumulate over time and become one giant tangled-up mess of chains.
Decide what to cull and what to keep
Having a system for keeping your jewelry tidy will make a big difference no matter where you decide to store it. But first off, as always, take some time to do some decluttering. Try to really consider each piece. How long has it been since you last wore it? Does it have sentimental value? If not, do you honestly believe you will ever wear it again? Once you have done a little purging, you are ready to start bringing order to the chaos.
Hidden storage solutions for your jewelry
A great way to instantly make any room look less cluttered is to choose storage solutions that are out of sight. Being able to tuck it all away will give a sense of tidiness in the blink of an eye (or the closing of a door), especially if you have a lot of little pieces. So let’s take a look at some hidden storage options.
- Traditional jewelry box: Hidden in plain sight is always a great option, and traditional jewelry boxes are anything but boring these days. Choose anything from classy to rustic to fit your style and add character to your space.
- Hidden storage behind a painting: This is probably overkill for most of us. However, maybe you have some heirloom jewelry that you would like to hide away in case someone comes to your home looking for things to pocket? This would be a great way to keep your valuables safe and hidden, as well as organized. But let’s be honest. Even if you own nothing more than some braided friendship bracelets, a secret compartment is always a good idea.
- Jewelry drawer: If you happen to have an extra drawer in your dresser, maybe you should turn it into jewelry storage. There are many additions you can make that will help keep your jewelry organized in the drawer, like a ring tray. We’ve also seen people make use of ceramic egg cartons, teacups and saucers, antique muffin tins, and an assortment of beautiful prep bowls to separate their drawer into the compartments they need.
- Mirrored jewelry armoire: We love the practicality of mirrored jewelry storage. Definitely a great choice if you want to hang your necklaces but keep them hidden. The hooks keep those chains from becoming a giant brain-teaser.
Display solutions for your jewelry
For some people, their jewelry collection is like a carefully curated art gallery, and they have no interest in hiding it away. For others, they simply prefer being able to see everything at once. Regardless of your reason for wanting to keep your jewelry out in the open, there are systems you can use to accomplish your goals of organization while also putting your finery on display. Plus, many display options are really little pieces of art on their own. This makes them a great way to enhance your space and add to the vibe you’ve got going on.
- Jewelry stand: These are classic for necklaces and bracelets. They are easy to find, or you could make one. We love this tutorial on making one from copper pipes.
- Ring dish: Another classic that pairs well with a jewelry stand, these come in basically every style imaginable. If you can’t find one you like, just keep looking because we’re pretty sure the right one is out there.
- Earring stand: If you have a variety of studs and dangles, make sure you get one that can hold both. Some are only made for one type of earring or the other.
- Jewelry tree: A great and beautiful way to hold all kinds of jewelry. And this one is in the shape of an actual tree.
- Tiered jewelry tray: Again, these can be found in every shape and size. You can also make one from thrifted dishes, if that’s more your thing.
- Jewelry branch: Do you like to use earthy, natural materials in your decorating? Try using a branch to hang your jewelry on. Just make sure it has plenty of smaller branches for your various pieces, and mount it on the wall. You could even paint it to match your color scheme.
- Jewelry mirror: Makes picking earrings to go with your outfit that much easier.
- Wall hanging jewelry rack: These can be made from anything from picture frames, to pegboard, to repurposed thread racks. Some are meant to store everything, while some are more exclusive to one or two types of jewelry.
One final idea: combine our concepts of hidden storage and display. Keep your space tidy by displaying only what you wear daily, and tuck the rest away. You’ll look like a minimalist, but without the commitment.
You are one step closer to an organized home
We could go on and on. When it comes to jewelry storage, the possibilities are endless. But we hope this has given you some ideas to point you in the right direction. Home organizing is no small task, but taking on each little project one by one can make is much less overwhelming. Before you know it, everything in your home will have a place, and the stress of the mess will be behind you.
Organizing the little things, like jewelry, is a great way to use up smaller chunks of time, while still chipping away at your big to-do list. If you are looking for other ways to spend an hour here and there, take a look at our list of projects that take under an hour. We are confident you will find something there that fits the bill.