Updated: Aug 17
I have been meaning to declutter and reorganize my jewelry for a while now so I thought it would be a good time to show you what I do in my space and give you some ideas for how you can organize your own jewelry.
My Jewelry System
My everyday jewelry lives in my closet since I want to be able to try on items while I am getting dressed. My keepsake jewelry and special occasion pieces live in a drawer in my bedroom since I do not need to access them often.
I keep the majority of the jewelry I wear in a clear acrylic set of drawers with small trays that pull out. It’s a fairly unconventional jewelry storage option since it doesn’t have individual sections to keep items separate and it was not made for jewelry. I know there are more attractive storage options than what I have but for my style of organization, this works really well and that beats perfect aesthetics.
The acrylic set of drawers makes it simple and easy to put items away, I can see all the jewelry I keep in the space as well as which tray each item is in, and it’s small enough to help me keep control of how many items I have at once. Having too many pieces to choose from is overwhelming, I forget about what I have, and I don't end up wearing much of anything. That's why it's so important to manage the number of items you have to choose from. Having a small container helps me edit items out often and honestly, I still probably could edit out more.
I store rings and chunkier bracelets on another shelf in other containers (including my favorite bowl) since these items don’t fit well in the trays and I like keeping them corralled separately. I also have an acrylic stand for dainty bracelets and finer necklaces that I am worried could be tangled or misshapen in the trays. The acrylic stand I have is of terrible quality and needs to go. I am planning to upgrade to these which I have used with a few client's and they work very well.
To reorganize my jewelry, I took everything out and laid it on my table. I then decided which options no longer serve me and put those aside to donate. The next step required sorting the items into the following categories: Chunky bracelets and cuffs, dainty bracelets, rings, chunky necklaces, dainty necklaces, and miscellaneous. Then I determined which items to store together in the trays and which items were to be stored in my other jewelry locations. I placed the items in their respective spaces in an organized manner, taking care not to overcrowd any space and ensuring each item has its own particular space to live.
Thoughts on Jewelry Organization from the Aesthetic Organizer
Wendy Silberstein owns the Aesthetic Organizer in New York City and has a focus on organizing small spaces. She weighs in on jewelry:
"Place with care
No matter what storage solutions you decide on, it's very important that each piece of jewelry has its own space and is not piled on others. Rings, of course, offer a little more flexibility in this area. If you run out of space, don't fret! Just consider creating another storage area or paring down your collection further. Giving each item generous space will make your pieces easier to see and access; plus, it will keep them in much better shape!"
Wendy's Favorite Jewelry Organizer:
Stackers from the Container Store (see picture below)
For more from Wendy on Jewelry Organization, head to her website here.
How to store your jewelry
There are a few things you should think about before deciding on what kind of system you want to implement. Answer the following questions for yourself:
Can your jewelry get tangled easily? If so, it’s important to keep everything separated in small compartments.
What types of items do you need to store? Do you have lots of small delicate pieces or larger chunkier pieces? This will help you determine what kind of storage option may be helpful.
What are the limitations of your space? Do you only have room to store items on a shelf or in a drawer? Answering these questions will also help you determine what kind of storage option you will need to use.
Do you need to be able to see an item out in view or else you forget about it? Or are you the type of person that wants everything hidden away so it doesn’t create clutter? There are so many options that are clear or allow you to see your items displayed as well as options that hide everything out of sight. Knowing what works best for you will help you choose among what is available.
Do you typically take items off and leave them in a pile or do you nicely fold items or arrange them once you are done with them? If you typically leave items in a pile, you should invest in a storage option that has separate compartments for each of your items, and ideally, doesn't have a lid so there is no barrier to putting items back. That way you can leave your items in pile in their rightful places and nothing will get mixed up. If you have to think about it or go through a process of taking a lid off when putting things away, you probably won't do it. However, if you are the type of person that is accustomed to folding or always putting items away, this is not as big of a deal and a lid or careful placement may be totally within your wheelhouse.
Some of our favorite jewelry organizers:
If you have any questions or would like help with your own jewelry organization, please reach out!