Your jewelry can make or break an outfit. Wouldn’t it be nice to not have to turn your bedroom inside out searching for the perfect accessory, when you’re already running behind on date night?
You know what we’re talking about — that moment when you’re all dressed up in your little black dress and those new pumps you bought last week, and the only thing standing between you and the door is your missing statement necklace.
Why spend hours frantically rummaging through messy drawers and untangling your way through knotted strands when you could easily make the ultimate jewelry organizer?
You’ve put a lot of time and money into compiling the best collection, so give it the TLC it deserves. Whether you’re looking to simply organize your accessories or boldly show them off, we have the jewelry storage tips you’re looking for.
How to make the most out of your jewelry storage
1. Hang necklaces from door knobs.
Door knobs are perfect for heavy pieces, since their sturdy structure can handle the largest of your statement necklaces. A bonus? You can take on a DIY project to make them your own Spend some time browsing through garage sales, home improvement stores and online shops like Etsy to find a mix of shapes, colors and sizes that match your style. Then:
- Pick a strip of wood of your desired length and paint it to match your room.
- Screw in decorative door knobs.
- Attach it to the wall, and start hanging!
Remember that old china from your Great Aunt Jean that sits in the attic collecting dust? Turns out it can actually be used outside of tea time.
Show off those vintage designs by placing the teacups and saucers on your dresser and filling them with small jewelry. If you’re looking for some hidden storage, place the teacups next to each other inside of a drawer to make your own compartment organizer.
Low on on space? Take your storage vertical by stacking a candle holder between two plates. Add some hot glue to stack plates on top of one another like a dessert tier plate. For inexpensive mix-matched pieces, check out local flea markets or garage sales.
3. Upcycle an old picture frame.
Your jewelry reflects your style, so why not put it on display? Grab an old or unused picture frame to showcase your favorite pieces. Depending on your taste, you can either leave the window of the frame open or cover the back with fabric to match your bedroom.
- For earrings: Twist pieces of thin metal wire around each other and connect them to each side of the frame. Leave a few inches in between each strand, letting your earrings dangle without hitting each other.
- For necklaces: Screw eye hooks into the top of a wooden frame, allowing the necklaces to hang below.
4. Hide your stash in an armoire.
If you have an overload of jewelry and prefer that it stays tucked away, a mirrored armoire is the way to go. Go for a design that looks like a regular floor-length mirror, but swings open to reveal storage. Inside, you’ll find compartments for the basics — like bracelets, necklaces, earrings and rings –and even have spots for larger items like sunglasses and folded scarves.
5. Repurpose a wooden hanger.
A hanger’s slim shape makes it perfect for hanging jewelry when you’re tight for space. What’s even better? You can probably assemble this with extra items you have lying around the house. To get started:
- Find a wooden hanger and paint it your favorite color.
- Screw in as many eye hooks as you need (no more than 10-15.) Make sure to leave a little space in between each, or else the strands may overlap and tangle. You can also choose to pry the hooks open to make it easier to get your necklaces on and off.
- Hang from the wall, a door or even in your closet. Just make sure to keep the weight balanced — we’re trying to avoid jewelry catastrophes.
6. Use glass bottles.
Skip a trip to the recycling center and use any kind of empty glass bottles to organize your bracelets. After a good cleaning, spray paint the bottles (metallics work well!), let them dry and then drape your bracelets around them.
Want to add a little extra flare to your room? Use Mod Podge to adhere loose glitter or tightly wrap decorative twine around the bottom of the bottle.
7. Organize the small stuff.
Sick of always searching for an earring’s pair or misplacing those tiny rubber backs?
“Try organizing jewelry in an ice cube tray.” Becky Mansfield, from Your Modern Family, says. “Earrings and rings fit perfectly in there!”
To keep them safe and out of view, place the ice cube tray in a dresser drawer or a closet shelf.
8. Dress up a pegboard.
The natural holes in pegboards allow you to simply and decoratively create an organization unit. Purchase a plain white board, paint it in your favorite color and fasten it to the wall. Use a variety of metal hooks to keep your jewelry safely hanging.
If you want to take it one step farther, saw molding to fit the board and add a frame. You can also hang decorated soup cans to create more storage.
9. Re-think that cheese grater.
Okay, so we’re not saying you should give up your cheese grater all together, but next time you’re out shopping, consider picking up a second one for non-kitchen use. With minimal effort, you can turn this simple and cheap kitchen accessory into a jewelry organizer. Just give it a fresh coat of paint then hang your earrings from each side.
10. Go for nature’s simplicity.
If you’re a fan of Mother Nature, consider bringing it into your decor. Pick out a sturdy branch that can withhold the weight of your jewelry (this will probably only work for you if your style is minimalistic) and screw it into a wooden base. You can also use multiple branches by tying them together and placing them in a vase to keep them from moving around.Make sure to choose a branch with multiple twigs so you have even more levels to hang your jewelry.
Hesitant to use real branches inside your brand new home? Try fake ones to still have that nature effect.
Not enough space for your jewelry?
Let’s be honest — the chances of you wearing those huge sunglasses or plastic neon necklaces from the 80’s anytime soon are slim, but you’re not ready to throw them away just yet (there’s always Halloween, right?).
Don’t let nostalgia clutter your home. Our storage units are available in multiple sizes and offer the perfect option to protect the jewelry you don’t wear on a day-to-day basis. Make sure to check out our website to find storage units near you.
What are some of your favorite jewelry storage ideas? Let us know in the comment section or tweet us at @LifeStorage.