Jewelry Organizers -- Tips on How to Organize Your Jewelry
Tired of digging through piles to find your favorite jewelry piece(s)? How to you go about organizing your jewelry?
Take heart! It’s really not that hard and you don’t have to spend a great deal of money buying expensive jewelry organizers. Just read through the tips on this page for help.
I had great fun as a child rummaging through my grandmother’s costume jewelry box. It was a ruby red, hard plastic purse (popular in the 1920’s). Not exactly the best type of jewelry organizer! Everything was jumbled and stacked on top of each other. I still have that red plastic purse with grandma’s screw back earrings and matching necklaces. I wear them sometimes just to remind me of her.
While it was great fun as a child, rummaging through piles of jewelry (whether fine jewelry or costume), it’s not as much fun when you’re late getting ready for work or a dinner party and trying to find that illusive matching earring!
How often have you searched and searched for an earring, necklace or other piece of jewelry that seems to have disappeared? Not anymore!
Here are my favorite jewelry organizing tips and jewelry organizers to help you find what you need and make it out the door on time!
Jewelry Organizer -- Tip #1 – Sorting
As with all my organizing tips, sorting is a necessary part of the job and the place to begin. Jewelry is no exception!
Take all your pieces of jewelry and spread them out on a large flat surface (try not to use the floor).
As you sort, you will probably find pieces that go together that haven’t been together in awhile. It’s time they were reunited.
For any piece of jewelry that you cannot find a mate to, put them aside in another pile.
Sort the remaining pieces by:
- Type – make a separate pile for necklaces, rings, earrings, bracelets, pins and watches.
- Style – everyday favorites, heirloom, fine jewelry, casual, costume. You can also sort them by season (for example – shell necklaces that you don’t wear in winter, but do wear in summer).
- Material and/or Color – you can separate them by silver, gold, leather, wood, plastic . You can also separate them according to color (red, blue, green – you get the idea).
- Sets – You can also group matching sets together. I prefer to keep my matching sets (earrings, necklace, rings) together because I generally wear them together. This saves time hunting for them separately.
Jewelry Organizer -- Tip #2 – Fix, Donate or Trash
It doesn’t pay to keep jewelry you will never wear. Give someone else the chance to enjoy it by donating it.
It also doesn’t pay to keep broken jewelry in your drawer. If it’s fine jewelry, take it to a jeweler and have it repaired. If it’s costume and you no longer wish to wear it, then there’s no point in keeping it. Give it to the grandkids to play with!
If you craft, you can save the beads to use on craft projects in the future. Save the clasps for costume jewelry repairs in the future. Store them with your craft projects.
Trash anything that’s unuseable.
Jewelry Organizer – Tip #3 – Clean & Restore
Make it sparkle and you’re more likely to wear it. Use the tips on the how to clean jewelry page to clean and restore your jewelry before you begin using a jewelry organizer to store them.
Jewelry Organizer – Tip #4 – Storing Your Jewelry
The basic rule for storing jewelry is to store it in a way similar to how it is worn. This keeps items from getting tangled and broken. See the tips on jewelry storage for creative ideas on how to properly store jewelry.
Hanging necklaces works best.
Don’t place one piece of jewelry on top of the other (especially those that have delicate detail or stones). They can be scratched or broken if stored improperly.
If you have to stack them, place a felt square or wool felting between the pieces to keep them from rubbing together.
Sterling silver can tarnish. You can store them in zip lock baggies and include an anti-tarnish strip (sold at jewelry stores). Change the strip every 6 to 9 months to keep your silver jewelry sparkling and ready to wear.
Don’t store jewelry in humid spaces such as the bathroom or other areas where humidity and temperatures fluctuate.
Also avoid storing costume jewelry in cardboard boxes and away from oak. Fumes may escape from the wood and damage your costume jewelry.
By using these tips, you will find pieces you didn’t know you had.
For additional jewelry information, read my tips on:
Enjoy wearing your sparkling jewelry creations!
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