An Organized Life

Part Two: Jewelry Organization

When working out the details of my closet, I knew I wanted a place to keep my accessories that was functional, but I also wanted to have some jewelry out on display. Why? Well, first of all because it's pretty! If I use jewelry to accent my outfits, why not use it to accent my closet?! Think of it as closet art. I love setting my closet up more like a boutique and less like storage. I highly recommend it. 

Second of all, your jewelry will last longer, and be less tangled, if given some room to breathe. Nothing is worse than digging for your favorite necklace just to find it has several knots, missing beads, and/or has broken. Not to mention, it'll be much easier to spot missing items.  When I kept my accessories in closed up, small boxes, and bags, I would have no idea that I left an item at a friend's house or left a pair of earrings on a hotel nightstand. Now that I have things spread out, I can easily see what I may have left behind, and have better luck getting it back.

Finally, the truth is, that I have learned that I get the most wear out of the items that are in plain sight and a quick grab.  Life is busy;  I'm just not going to spend the effort and time to dig through a mound of jewelry in a zillion small bags and boxes. I'll grab whatever I left on top of the counter and be done with it. Result: A bunch of fabulous things I never put on. That's what I want to avoid. 

You have probably noticed by now that I am all about making style easy and quick. The way I organize my jewelry helps me accomplish that.  I use several different displays and organizing trays. These are the ones that I have found fit my needs the best. Obviously, this is the ONLY way to organize your jewels. The key is to select something that works with your items and organizing personality.  I always find it helpful to see how others have done it. 

Here's the run down:

In my closet, I had a chest built in with shallow drawers.  We tucked it under the existing window. The inside isn't all dedicated to accessories, but the top is!

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Lewis Dolin Brushed Brass Bar Pull

I saw these brass pulls on this image on Pinterest and knew they would be perfect for the chest in my closet. I would use these again and again. I love their look. 

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The chest has been painted plain white for a couple of years. I kept thinking the top was missing a little oomph, and that it could use something to ground my jewelry displays and catch-alls. The roman shade in my closet is a soft gray silk with silver embroidery, and the hardware in my closet is brushed brass.  I liked the idea of bringing the silver/gray tones in with the brass hardware on the chest, but I wasn't sure how to do it. I didn't really want to paint the chest.  

Last week, while shopping at Target, I saw this self-stick wallpaper, and thought that it might be the perfect solution.  It's a flat, gray paper with metallic accents that give the appearance of texture. A little bit of glam. Cheap. Easy DIY.  I love the way it turned out. It sets off the display area nicely.  I also lined all of my drawers with the same paper. 

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{Wallpaper review: This was not hard to put down. The paper is really more like a contact paper.  Static cling and a super sticky back made it so that it would have been much easier to do with another set of hands.  It's not thin and flimsy, but I honestly couldn't imagine actually using this as wall paper. Great for craft projects or drawers liners, but not so certain about a whole wall or room!}

 It's hard to tell in this picture, but I love the way the paper looks under the clear organizers. In my drawers, I use a mixture of clear tray vanity organizers and stackable systems found at Bed, Bath, and Beyond.  The clear trays are perfect for bangles. 

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I love these gold leather trays that are lined with velvet. They come in serval shapes, sizes, and configurations. I measured my drawer, and selected the size and layout that fit my needs best. If you don't put your jewelry in drawers, these can easily be stacked on a counter top. I organize most of my jewelry by color. 

Ampersand Gold Stackable Trays - Bed, Bath, and Beyond

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For my jewelry "art" displays, I use a variety of pretty bowls, trays, stands, and a white bust.  

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I keep the items that I am wearing the most on the counter top displays. It makes accessorizing a lot easier!

I really love these acrylic stands from the Container Store. The tall one is still a little too short for most of my necklaces. {I do have to share that BOTH of mine arrived with chipped ends. I super glued them back together. It hasn't been a problem, but just wanted to warn you that the quality might be a little low.} 

Acrylic Jewelry Stand - Container Store - $14.99 and $19.99

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This 3 tier white leather-like stand is awesome. If broken acrylic scares you, then this might be the winner.  It holds a lot more, and the back tier would be tall enough for necklaces. It does have a much bigger footprint. 

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Here's a nice gray velvet option:

Velvet Tiered Jewelry Organizers

I'm don't really switch up my rings much. If you have rings for every finger, you might want the ring displays that match the tiered stands, as well. 

I use this acrylic necklace organizer for most of my necklaces. I hung two on the side of my shoe shelf.  Super easy to nail up, didn't come broken, and can hold any weight - Great purchase! I love that it's almost invisible. I like for my jewelry to speak louder than the displays it's on! 

11 Peg Acrylic Necklace Rack

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I also use this white leather-like bust to display some of my necklaces.  I had a linen bust from Michael's that was too small and faded in the window. This one is a better choice for me. 

White Leather Necklace Bust Jewelry Display - Amazon - $11.99

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I received this rose quartz tray as a gift a couple of years ago. I think they can easily be found. It was meant as a food serving tray, but I loved it so much that I kept it to myself. :)  It perfectly highlights some of my favorite pieces. 

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I put most of my earrings in the velvet lined trays in my drawers.  But, I also have some displayed on the wall.  About two years ago, I tried this Pinterest DIY out and I have been using it ever since! It's super easy to make. 

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All you need is a frame with some depth so it will sit off the wall (I used a shadow box from Michael's), and a piece of sheet metal (or a radiator grill cover) from your hardware store. There are several designs, and they come in silver and brass tones. 

Radiator Decorative Sheet Metal - Home Depot

 I love how the design of the sheet metal mimics the embroidered medallion design on the silk roman shade. 

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And there you have it! That's how I keep my jewelry organized. Like I said, there is no right or wrong way, just find what suits you and your accessories best, and get to organizing! You'll be happy you did! You might even find some hidden treasures! 

I have one more DIY necklace organizer that I am testing for y'all. but I had a fight with spray paint and the spray paint won. It wasn't pretty. I'll keep you posted. 

 

Bonus: This is how I keep my jewelry organized when I travel. It's Genius! You can buy them direct from Clos-ette or be on the look out on Onekingslane.com and gilt.com, where they are often offered at a discount! You won't know what you did with your things  before you purchased this! They also make a wallet sized organizer that is perfect for those times where sending your jewelry in your checked luggage makes you sick to your stomach.  Baggage anxiety be gone!

Clos-ette Signature Travel Jewelry Case

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Hope everyone is having a great week!

Xo, e

Tassel KeyChain - DIY

I love tassels. Its pretty much rolled up fringe, and we all have noticed that I'm loving all things fringed so it should come as no surprise that I love tassels too! I feel like all is right with the world when the current  trends line up with things I already gravitate towards. But, the end all be all, the bees knees, the cats pajamas, or whatever you wanna call it, is when what you love has become trendy AND just so happens to be an easy 20minute DIY craft project. JACKPOT!! Now that's a good day! 

I bought a pink Hermes tassel keychain as a souviner while on a trip to St. Barth in 2012. She's looking a little drab, and worse for the wear, but I have loved having a tassel key ring. It's been the perfect size - large enough to find in the bottom of a giant purse, but also small enough to hang out of your pocket comfortably.  Using my own key ring as a guide, I crafted my own tassel keychain - FOR A LOT LESS! Total cost was around $30. Can't beat that! 

How great is this?! 

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You'll need about 20 minutes and everything you see here, plus a sharp pair of scissors. I picked everything up at Michael's. The aqua leather strip was $9.99. Any leather fabric scraps will work. I used small silver nail heads, and a plain silver key ring. (That was the smallest key ring pack they had. I should've just found one in our junk drawer!)

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I found this particular glue to be a sticky, stringy mess. It worked, but I might try another brand next time. Just look for a glue that will work with leather.  I also ended up not using the small leather strips pictured. 

First, I cut about a 3" x 11" piece of the aqua leather. Then I cut the smallest fringe strips I could, leaving about 1/2" wide uncut band at top. 

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Then I cut a 1/2" strip of the gold leather to use to attach key ring. Fold over and glue to secure. Then place key ring strip inside the tassel leather and glue in place. 

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Tightly roll tassel leather, gluing as you go, making sure to line up edge evenly. 

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Then I cut another 1/2" strip of the gold leather  to trim at the top. The helps hide any unevenness in where your fringe strips stop. I glued it in place and finished it off by sticking the silver nail head in the seams. 

Voila! 

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It's that easy!! Looks pretty good, if I do say so myself! 

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I hope you try it! The possibilities are endless!

How cute would this look as a little charm on a little one's back pack?! 

*Bonus*  Super fruity tray on sale at Target for $4.50! 

Xo, e

 

 

Boobie Tassel DIY not included. ;)