Purchasing an item-specific piece for organizing isn’t always the perfect answer…sometimes it’s better to think outside the box to find the just-right container or piece of furniture. But sometimes you can stumble upon a great invention that actually fits the bill just as it’s advertised to do. For me, one of those things is this jewelry box collage frame that I got for Christmas from my parents several years ago. (Sorry the pics aren’t great…the day I started taking pics it was cloudy, and this spot of our bedroom doesn’t get great light anyway.)
Don’t ya love the post-its and deer? 😉 The photo spots aren’t all filled in yet, which drives my husband crazy. But I’d rather add occasionally so that we have come more current pictures. So little post-it love notes get stuck up there instead. 😉 And that deer just won’t seem to move. *sigh* I tried.
Anyway, to the untrained eye this is just a collage frame, but when you open it up…
…you find jewelry! Well, a week ago it was this MESS of jewelry. I love that the jewelry is not only hidden out of sight, but it’s protected from the air which might cause these cheaper, cosmetic jewelry pieces to tarnish, and there’s a lot of space to keep everything organized where I can see it. Well, when it doesn’t look like this, anyway.
It had been a while since I last went through my jewelry, and I decided it was definitely time. A great piece of organizing advice when it comes to clothes, shoes and accessories (or toys…), is one in, one out. If you buy a new set of earrings, one set goes. I’m not good about that rule because I tend to go through my things a couple times a year and get rid of what I don’t use, and that system works for me. But if you don’t do that, the one in, one out rule might be a good habit to get into.
As with any organizing project, I emptied the contents so I could see what I was dealing with, then got busy sorting by color and eliminating anything I no longer wore. I had some shiny silver pieces that go with about anything, which is why I continued to keep them, but I just didn’t wear them or love them, so out they went! I purged about 8 pieces of jewelry total.
As I started to put things away I was reminded about this piece that had broken…
This is a swing-out bar for bracelets, but the hinges broke and I haven’t been able to utilize this extra storage space at all except to dump smaller items. I put my thinking cap on and came up with a solution!
Super glue! I can’t swing it out anymore, but it works great for my cuff and wrap bracelets, which are primarily the only kind I wear these days.
I use this velvet pocket to store keepsake jewelry and I attach brooches to the front of it. Most of these were my grandma’s and are special and still just as stylish as when she wore them.
As I put earrings and necklaces back I arranged by color and started with my “fancier”, less-worn ones on the left. I also tried to keep gold or silver together within the color groupings.
Except for that deer I’d say this looks a lot better. I don’t have more earrings than spaces for them anymore, and now I can find those pieces of jewelry that I forgot I had!