Jewelry Storage Ideas For The Highly Decorated Girl
I have heard many times throughout my life, ‘wow, you have more jewelry than you know what to do with!’…ahhh, not true. I know what to do with all of it, and I know where it all is!
Throughout a girl’s lifetime, if she’s an accessory girl, she can acquire many pieces of jewelry. There are the vintage pieces, the heirlooms handed down to us, the fun costume jewelry from our youth, the modern costume jewelry, the fine jewelry, the special occasion jewelry, the everyday ‘go-to’ jewelry, and the sentimental-pieces-we-will-never wear-again-but-hold-special-meaning-jewelry…whew, did I leave anything out?
Many women just shove it all into a basket, or a drawer. We have old jewelry boxes that end up being a dumping ground for any piece we take off at the end of the day and ‘sort it out later’. I had a little jewelry bowl in my bathroom, and once full, would dump it into one of my many over flowing jewelry boxes I hid out of sight in my bedroom drawer. All I was doing was moving my clutter of jewelry from one place to another. As pieces started to get break from lack of safe storage, and sentimental pieces were misplaced or never worn, I realized I needed a better way to organize my treasures.
There is an old saying “if you don’t see it, you won’t use it”. I remember my mom telling me something like that and later hearing it on HSN. HSN has a huge assortment of jewelry boxes. I think the smaller ones are perfect for the person who is a minimalist, who doesn’t own too many pieces. However, if you are like me, and own hundreds of pieces, you need a plan. Money is wasted, jewelry never worn or even lost or damaged without proper storage. There are jewelry organizers, made of material or plastic, that hang in the closet with your clothes. They have separate compartments for the many sizes of jewlery. Great idea, but my closet space is small, and I need every bit of real estate in there for my clothes.
I decided to separate my jewelry into ‘categories’. If you are like me, you may have pieces that are sentimental or heirloom pieces that don’t get worn much, those are best stored in a safe storage box, like the red one pictured above by Joy Mangano from HSN. Keep a look out on HSN, you can get buy 1, get 1 free deals! They have two layers of storage! I purchased four.
Here is how I sorted out my jewelry for the storage boxes, since they are in my drawers, not in daily view.
- Box 1 held watches
- Box 2 held my Heidi Daus pieces, (all Swarovski crystal and quite delicate if not stored properly.)
- Box 3 held my family pieces and heirlooms
- Box 4 held my expensive gold pieces and stuff I rarely wore
These storage boxes work great for jewelry that is specific and you know exactly where it is. Need a watch? Need a Heidi piece? I know where it is. Also, keep in mind, if you travel, you can easily pick up these zippered, easy-to-go storage boxes and place in a safe place while away, since they hold your rare, valuable pieces.
There are jewelry organizers that sit over your door. These are wonderful and they are perfect to store your go-to pieces and most worn items. I have a big over-the-door-jewelry armoire in my guest room and this roll up jewelry storage one in my bedroom for my special pieces from my pilot. I want to have easy access to those since I wear them often along with a few ‘go-to’ pieces too. What I love about my roll up jewelry storage is that I can roll it up and hide it away when I travel. They are my special pieces I would never want stolen. So keep in mind that you want to be able to conveniently take your valuable jewelry and hide them while away from home. The roll up jewelry storage and storage boxes are perfect for that since they are easily mobile to move to somewhere safe and hidden. (Both items are on HSN, along with armoire).
Another fun way to display and get use out of your jewelry is to be creative with it. I have seen people hang hook back earrings on window screens and use vintage coffee cup hangers to hang big chunky necklaces. Chunky pieces are too bulky to keep in boxes or armoires, so opt for the coffee cup hangers if you have a lot of chunky fun pieces. Or hang coat hooks to display your favorite necklaces and bracelets.
So, chose your jewelry box/storage depending on how much jewelry you have. If you are like me, separate your pieces by usage and style and go from there. Jewelry is a special unique thing to each person and should be stored safely and used when needed. Proper storage protects your pieces and allows you the option to see and wear them. Remember, “if you don’t see it, you won’t wear it”.
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