One of my best girl-friends just moved into a new place. In her previous home, I had helped her organize her closet, style her rooms, and create a lovely little jewelry center. Her new place has a different vibe, plus she downsized a lot. Before (I’m always forgetting to take before pictures because I get so excited to jump right in!) she had nothing on the walls and the dressers were simply covered with stuff from the move. Using just what she had, I put together this lovely jewelry center just outside her closet 😉
Some things she already had from the previous jewelry center, other items were sourced from previous rooms from her old place that she hadn’t found spots for yet in her new home. I love showing how organization doesn’t need to be costly. Obviously she already had some things, which certainly makes it easier than starting from scratch, but a set of hooks for less than $5 plus an inexpensive mirror paired with a shallow dish or two takes anyone well on their way to creating a lovely little jewelry space.
Tips for Making Your Own Jewelry Space
- Assess what you have and what you use
- Think about where you put on your jewelry
- Decide how you like to organize
- Create an area with enough space/lighting/storage for your needs
- Find storage solutions that fit the way you organize (see #3)
- Give everything a home
My Jewelry Tray
Assessing What You Have and What You Use
Everyone has different preferences and amounts of jewelry from none to a store’s worth! So taking stock of what you have is paramount to creating a successful system (when organizing anything really!) I have 6 pairs of earrings, two bracelets, a watch, and 6 necklaces that I wear – which is a fairly minimal collection of jewelry. Having everything on display is easy for me because my select few pieces don’t require much space.
However, if you have a lot of jewelry and/or you wear your pieces as sets, you may want a different system. Or if you prefer different display options you may like an actual jewelry armoire or velvet lined flat drawers. Perhaps your jewelry is very valuable and requires special storage conditions. Or maybe you simply have a plethora for costume jewelry that you love to mix and match. Whatever you have, make sure you take stock of all the pieces you wear and how you wear them.
Think About Where You Put On Your Jewelry
My friend’s jewelry center is just outside her closet, where her lighting is much better and just a couple paces away from the bathroom sink and mirror where she does her makeup. This works great for how she gets ready in the morning. I, on the other hand, have my jewelry in my closet because I typically pick it out while getting dressed (and my closet has good lighting). Think about your own routine and where your jewelry center could be that would make your routine run more smoothly – even if it’s in an area not necessarily with your clothes, like a bathroom or a vanity area.
Decide How You Like To Organize
The easiest way to go about this is to first figure out if you like things put away or out in the open. If you like things out in the open, your storage solutions will be very different from someone who likes everything put away and out-of-sight. Next, decide whether you like to hang things or set things. Even if you like things out of sight, there are options to hang jewelry in wall cabinets or jewelry armoires. If you like things out in the open, your needs will be to find more vertical or wall storage if you like hanging, versus more counter or shelf type storage if you like to set things down more. Or maybe you prefer a combination of both.
Last, decide how you want things separated. Do you need each item to have it’s very own home/hook/spot or do you like having a general area for your items to be put in? For instance, I prefer things put away but visually accessible – so my jewelry is in my closet where I can close the door, but I can see everything at a glance when I’m in there. I like to both hang and set things, depending on what they are and because I only have a few things, I like everything to have it’s own spot at least visually. So each of my necklaces hangs on an individual hook yet my stud earring are all on a single dish, but clearly separated by their pairs. My bracelets are used as much for decor in the closet as they are for fashion.
Create An Area With Enough Space, Lighting, and Storage For Your Needs
If you have just a few things like I do, you don’t need much space. However, if you have a lot of items, you’ll need more space to house all your pieces. Think about how much space you need, where it will be, and if the lighting is adequate for you there. Do you have enough room to put your storage solution or can you customize your storage to fit the space? Can you provide additional lighting if needed? Is it in an area that is conveniently accessible for you?
Once you have a good idea where your jewelry center will be, you can plan for your storage solutions. This maybe as simple as setting a necklace holder and pretty dish on top of a dresser or as complex as creating a jewelry hanging center from scratch before installing it onto the wall. Make sure your storage system is big enough to hold all your jewelry plus 10%. Tip: Don’t give yourself more than 10% to grow in storage to avoid unconscious purchasing to fill your new storage area up. About 90% filled is a good guideline.
Find Storage Solutions That Fit The Way You Organize
Now that you know what you have, where you want it to go, and how you like to keep your things (see step 3 if you’ve forgotten), you can start creating your storage solutions. The quickest and usually most expensive way to approach this is to simply buy storage that fits your needs. However, if you have time or want a custom look and feel capable of DIYing, there are plenty of inexpensive solutions to try like these modern jewelry blocks or these driftwood jewelry hangers. Or if you like more utilitarian type storage that still looks good you could try making a stud/ring holder or a simple jewelry organizer for lots of jewelry.
Whether you chose to buy storage items, create them, or a combination of both, make sure you’re meeting 1) your storage needs 2) fitting your storage space and 3) keeping with your storage preferences. Regardless of how amazing a Pinterest post is or how perfect the colors are in a store-bought organizer, in the long run you’ll be happier with a system that works well with how you do things and what you need.
If you remember you needs, space, and personal organizational preferences first before any stylistic qualities, you’ll be far more successful in creating and keeping a good organizational system for yourself. That’s certainly not to say you should abandon styles you love in your jewelry center! Instead, adapt those styles to how you work rather than trying to change how you work to adapt to a style. Either find items that work with both your needs and your style preferences, or adapt the traits you loved in another piece to your own organization.
Give Everything A Home
Now is the fun part where everything finally comes together. Quite likely if you’ve been adding pieces as you go rather than buying/making an entire system at once, you’re already getting everything in its home. This is great because as you find things that need homes, you can create/buy storage solutions for them until all your pieces have their own special place! Make sure you aren’t leaving any pieces out!
And last but not least:
Admire and Enjoy Your Hard Work! ❤