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Tangled bracelets, knots in necklaces, and lone earrings that are missing their partners plague even the most dedicated of jewelry lovers. On the flip side, when jewelry is stored away in drawers, it can be forgotten. What's someone with a jewelry collection to do?

If you've got more than a few pieces of jewelry, you may be facing challenges on how to store all of it. As with many organizing challenges, there are many possible answers. To help determine what is right for you, here are some questions to ask yourself:
  • What kinds of jewelry do I have - rings, earrings, necklaces, cuff links, etc.?
  • How many pieces do I have of each type? Are they all pieces I want to keep?
  • Do I want to store frequently-worn pieces differently than special-occasion items?
  • Is there another way I'd like to categorize my jewelry items as I go to store them? (By set? By when I wear them?)
  • Am I a visual person who wants my jewelry out in clear sight?
  • Alternatively, do I want my jewelry put away where it doesn't accumulate any dust?
  • Do I want my jewelry hidden to prevent theft?
  • Do I need to protect any of my jewelry from children's hands or from pets?
  • What kind of space do I have available for storing my jewelry?
  • Do I have the interest, time, and skills to pursue a do-it-yourself option?

Once you've pondered these questions and come up with your answers, you can look at the many types of storage available for your jewelry. The following are just some of the many options:

Jewelry boxes, valets and armoires The selection here is huge; there's something for every taste and every budget. You can even find specialized boxes for cuff links or watches. And if you don't like any of the conventional jewelry boxes, you could turn a toolbox or fishing tackle box into a jewelry box!

Jewelry trays, for a dresser drawer. You could use everyday products such as ice cube trays or egg cartons as jewelry trays. Vintage cups and saucers are a lovely way to store an easily accessible jewelry collection. Or you could get stackable clear acrylic trays intended for jewelry, available at mass retailers or organizing specialty stores. A organizer intended for socks or lingerie is a perfect place to store larger costume jewellery and chunky beads. Your pieces are easy to find and easy to store and, best of all, they don't get tangled up.


Wall-mounted storage.
This can be as simple as nails in the wall that are used to hang necklaces or decorative hooks or a wall-mounted coat rack. Or, you could get one of the many specialty products available, including wall-mounted earring holders. You could go the do-it-yourself route, too, and create your own earring holders or other jewelry storage pieces. We love using a wall-mounted tie rack for our costume jewelry necklaces.

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Hanging storage for the closet There's a wide range of multi-pocket jewelry organizers that hang from a rod in your closet, like 'the little black dress'.

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Dresser-top storage Again, the options here are extensive. For example, you could use a jewelry mannequin, a ring holder, an earring stand, or a bangle display rack. You could use a multi-tier cake stand, or a paper towel holder for bracelets.

Hidden storage If you've ever had jewelry stolen from your home, you'll empathize with the desire to keep jewelry - or at least some selected pieces - safe from intruders. You could use a product designed to hide your jewelry; there are a number of options, with differing degrees of security. You could use a locking jewelry cabinet hidden behind a mirror - either wall-mounted or free-standing. You could use a jewelry safe. You could create your own hidden jewelry box behind a painting. And if you're installing a closet system, you may be able to get a hidden toe-kick jewelry drawer .


De-clutter your collection first, so you'll easily see what you own ~you may even spot a forgotten favourite! Once you understand your style and your needs, then think creatively about what storage would work best for your particular situation.

Kim and Sandra
www.organizinglives.com

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