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How to Organize Jewelry

Try these creative ideas for organizing jewelry and for keeping it sorted, tidily untangled, and ready for accessorizing.

1. Divide and Identify

Shop for drawer inserts equipped with compartments and slots that sort your baubles by type. Use specialty jewelry drawer inserts or repurpose kitchen-drawer cutlery holders, colorful ice-cube trays, or dividers that allow you to customize a drawer's interior. Label each section so you will always put your jewels back in their proper place.

2. Wall Organizer

Buy a ready-made jewelry cabinet to hang above your dressing table. Or, customize a shallow cabinet with paint, patterned fabric or wallpaper, black velvet linings, hooks for hanging necklaces, slotted dividers to hold earrings, and cubbyholes for piling up bracelets.

3. Keep Everything Visible

Give every trinket its own spot, slot, or box so pieces won't be broken, misplaced, tangled, lost, or inadvertently tossed. Stow earrings, necklaces, watches, and/or bracelets in specialty jewelry holders that are open to view; seeing your treasures lets you do a visual inventory, which will alert you when something's gone astray. Stack chunky bangles and wide bracelets on a standing paper-towel holder or a pretty bottle's neck (fill the bottle with sand to keep it steady).

4. Make Every Day Easy

Stow your everyday jewelry in plain sight near your getting-ready station to make it easy to grab your favorite accessories. Keep necklaces knot-free by hanging them on a makeup mirror or a wall-mount hook. Stow the smaller stuff in decorative trays, dishes, or bowls that are big enough so pieces won't intermix. Keep a small vessel on your nightstand as a safe place to stow the earrings or necklaces you forgot to put away before getting under the covers.

5. Pocket It

You can find an array of ready-made hanging jewelry organizers, oftentimes equipped with individual pockets, ideally suited to holding your costume jewelry. Adapt jewelry and shoe organizers by using hooks to suspend them from a curtain rod or a dowel installed near where you get dressed. These hanging organizers are not meant for holding delicate or valuable jewelry pieces; they're best suited for storing bracelets, sturdily strung necklaces, and fashion rings.

6. Consider Form and Function.

Hanging necklaces individually prevents snarled messes of pearls and pendants. Placing them where they can be seen means you'll wear them more often. The simplest solution? Press strategically spaced decorative pushpins or pushpin hooks directly into a dressing-area wall to capture and display chains, lockets, and beads. Or, purchase ready-made jewelry hangers designed to be mounted on the wall.

7. Compartmentalize

A painter's palette provides a fun foundation for composing a daily grooming center; outfit the tray with a footed dish, a smaller bowl, and a cup to hold jewelry, makeup, and makeup brushes; use the paint crannies as caches for rings, earrings, and extra earring backs. Other ideas: Try TV-dinner-style plates and compartmentalized trays and platters.

8. Rack It Up

Avert loss, breakage, and underuse by storing your earrings on a good-looking organizer set atop a dressing table or a bathroom vanity countertop. Readily available in a number of styles and sizes, these stands let you see all your ear-dressing options, while allowing danglers to freely dangle and corralling petite posts as pairs.

9. Protect Your Investment

Store your finest jewelry and special-occasion gems inside jewelry boxes to keep rarely used pieces safe, organized, and dust-free. Use stackable plastic jewelry boxes or drawstring jewelry bags to hold bulkier bracelets and necklaces.

10. DIY Jewelry Organizer

Cover a cork bulletin board with a bold fabric and equip a frame with decorative mesh or metal screening to create customized organizers that make a stylish statement. Use pearl-headed pushpins for holding necklaces on the bulletin board; hook earring wires through openings in the screen. Enhance personal adornment operations by adding a fanciful bracelet holder and a divided tray to catch post earrings and rings.

BONUS: Get organized your way. Take our quiz and get customized storage solutions.

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