How to Organize Jewelry

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I love jewelry!  For as long as I can remember, I’ve had an eye for things that sparkle.  And while I have only a few pieces with any monetary value, such as my wedding ring and a pair of diamond earrings, I have never met a piece of classic jewelry I didn’t love. For some reason, rings are my favorite piece of jewelry.  As a child I remember noticing the many rings my Aunt always wore.  Her hands smooth and her nails always polished, she also wore a charm bracelet that made just the sweetest jingle I knew.  To this day in her 70s, her hands are aged yet her rings and charm bracelet are still the same.  I love the familiarity of that.

Maybe its the story our hands can tell us that make rings so special to me.  On my hands I wear my wedding rings. My daughter often asks about them, about how Daddy proposed, about why I don’t wear more rings.  I tell her that these rings mean the world to me, that they symbolize love that will never falter, a lifetime of promises kept and a family built, that they remind me everyday of the blessings I live.  I tell her about how when she and her brothers were babies I never wore them for fear of scratching their precious skin.  And I tell her that someday these rings will be hers.

With Valentine’s Day having just passed, now is a great time to talk about how to organize your jewelry.  While my daily jewelry select is classic and minimal, I love a reason to wear chunky jewelry and accessories that make my outfits really shine.  And with all that chunky jewelry comes the obvious challenge of how to store it well.  Our Organized Jewelry Pinterest Board has some great ideas that are equal parts useful and fun.  Here are a few tips to help you get your jewelry organized and ready to go when you are:

Separate by Size

Earrings, rings, bracelets and necklaces all demand a different size storage area.  Separate your items by size so you can maximize the space you dedicate for the particular category by layering items one on top of another.

Separate by Set

 If you never mix and match, store your pieces in the original jewelry boxes or plastic bag labeled for you to easily identify by set. That way when you are looking for those that awesome turquoise necklace, bracelet, and earrings you’ll have no trouble finding what you need.  Another great option is to store these pieces in a jewelry roll or travel jewelry case. Because I work from home, its often when I travel that I’ll chose those pieces anyway ~ kills 2 birds with 1 stone nicely wouldn’t you say?

A Place for Everything

 And everything in its place.  The reason why your jewelry box is a bomb isn’t the box.  Its you.  While you may have outgrown it, chances are it has a place for everything, you just might not use it consistently.  Think padded sections for rings and earrings, longer compartments for necklaces, its all there.  The challenge you have is making sure to put things away after you wear them.

Edit Often

One of the most common reasons our jewelry boxes are a mess is because we don’t take care to edit them often.  Its just like your closet.  Outside of sentimental value, which jewelry can surely have, if you haven’t worn it in a year or more, chances are you can let it go.

These are just a few tips to help you tackle your jewelry box.  And who knows?  If you clean it out and find you’ve got plenty of room in there, you just might be able to lobby for something new to find its where there in time for Mother’s Day!  Tell me…do you  have a jewelry box?  Is it a mess?

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