Jewelry, Jewelry Everywhere!! - Jewelry Organization To Keep You Sane And Looking Fabulous

Last week, we touched briefly on hanging jewelry in small closet spaces; this week, we are going to really dig-in to different jewelry storage options and what might be best for you. 

As a woman myself, I know how difficult it can sometimes be to keep track of all the different necklaces, bracelets, bangles, earrings (and etc.) that we seem to hoard like there is no tomorrow. So here are some great ways to organize all that jewelry, whether you have a lot of room to work with or a small space. 

Lets get started by saying there are three main jewelry storage types -table top, hanging, and in-drawer. Each of these has it's perks and drawbacks; which storage solution is best for you depends on how much jewelry you own, how much storage space you have, and ultimately what your own personal tastes are. 

These jewelry valet rods are cleverly stored on the side of this closet panel -neat and out of the way!

These jewelry valet rods are cleverly stored on the side of this closet panel -neat and out of the way!

For those  who have a small space to work with... let's say a small, reach-in closet, hanging your jewelry may be your best option. It displays your lovely array nicely and mostly flat against an unused space. This is great because it takes up essentially little room in your closet -you can fit it between shelf towers, on the back of a door, or even on the side of built-ins. It is also a fairly inexpensive option... All you really need is a thin, surface with hooks; something easily purchased or even made at home.  

The down-side to this storage method, however, is two things - first, this becomes impractical if you have A LOT of jewelry, and second, it is not the best option for very fine jewelry which needs some tender love and care. 

 

So what should you do then? Let's talk about option number two -jewelry stored in a drawer. This is great for those who want to keep their accessories nicely organized but out of sight or protected from being knocked or jostled. 

When storing your baubles in a drawer, its important to use some sort of dividing method to keep things from getting tangled and messy. Some casual, cost effective options include using ceramic dishes and small boxes or platters, while more elegant organizers can be purchased with felt linings and perfectly portioned areas. With the right dividers, this would be the best option for those with large amounts of jewelry as you can store grand quantities of accessories nicely and effectively. 

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Here you can see how this felt-lined drawer organizer creates perfect spaces for earrings, rings, and bracelets; protected and easy to find. 

Looking for a more accessible place for your jewelry? Or maybe you just have a small collection of accessories to work with? Perhaps something closer to hand is for you. That brings us to option number three: table top storage. 

Storing jewelry on top of a dresser, shelf, or table could easily become the most creative option available as you can really get innovative with different types of containers/ displays. Make your jewelry storage part of your decor with decorative dishes/ boxes and bracelet displays. 

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You can see how a fashionable bracelet holder is used here as a stylish decoration for this closet shelf.

Create different looks -from shabby chic to elegant and refined. Don't be afraid to think out of the box (literally!) to find the perfect solution for you.

In the end, your jewelry storage could utilize one or all of these ideas; it really comes down to what works best for you. Just remember: Don't forget to think creatively! 

Come back next week to discuss office storage! 

 

* All images by Aaron Bailey Photography

Bigger Doesn't Have To Be Better - Making a Small Bedroom Closet Functional and Beautiful

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Oftentimes I think we all resign ourselves to accept the cluttered, disorganized, and overstuffed look of our closets, especially in small spaces. I mean, there isn’t much to be done for a small closet, right? Not Quite. Whether you have a cramped walk-in or even a reach-in closet, these helpful tips and tricks can help not only maximize functionality, but create a beautifully organized space you can be proud of!

A first thing first, there is always more space than you think. Don’t forget you can extend all the way to the sides and to the ceiling; every inch counts! Adding shelves or clothing rods into recessed closet sides can really maximize your side spaces while extending drawers and shelves to the ceiling of your closet adds organization as well as space. Drawers are great for hiding away a good majority of clothes and small items, helping create an organized and clean look. 

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By moving and stacking short hanging to the sides of the closet, there is much more room for functional storage in the middle such as shelves and drawers.

Hint: Clothes take up much less room folded than when hanging.  

An important thing to keep in mind is that you can always fake having more space in your closet by keeping the floor clear and clutter free. Having a clean, bare closet floor will create the illusion of more space; sometimes less is more! 

Another great thing to remember is that hooks can be your best friend for all those small, pesky items that always seem to clutter around your closet. Keep belts, ties, and other accessories along the outside of a shelf, wall, or even on the door for great, easy to get to storage. Because items like these can hang flat, allowing them to store against a flat surface is the best way to free up more space in your small closet.  

If visibly hanging accessories really isn't for you, maybe baskets and boxes are your thing. They are perfect for storing things out of sight and can even be used to add style to your closet.  Using patterned or colored baskets and boxes can add a pop of color, allowing you to create a unique and beautiful look just for you. The possibilities are really endless on what kind look you can make. 

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Here, the use of darker baskets helps create a more masculine look while providing a great space to hide smaller items. 

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Organization within the closet can even extend inside the drawers. Using dividers or spacers to separate things such as socks and undies will not only make it easier to find your stuff, but ensure that your closet stays beautifully organized inside and out. 

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Tip: Use cedar dividers in drawers for a great smell and protective barrier against wool-loving bugs. 

 

 

All in all, even a small closet can be a beautiful, well organized space if you keep your mind open and remember you can make the most out of any space with just a few handy tricks and ideas! 

Stay tuned-in for next week's topic!