Last week I posted this tip about getting knots out of necklaces, to which Maggie replied in the comments, “What I want is a way to store them without them getting all knotted together.”
Good question, Maggie. And while I am no organizing guru, I have a serious case of sparkle tooth, which gives me some self-appointed authority on storage concerns. Go me! In my closet, the accessories take up more room than the clothes. By a lot. It’s not that I don’t like clothes, I just find it easier and more economical (read: fun) if I concentrate on addressing the frosting instead of the whole cake.
I’m really good at frosting.
So. Hay. This is my closet. Let’s just take a sec here to say it is THIS is how it looked this morning. Yes, I have a thing for striped cotton shirts. And yes, I have a lot of crap. No, it’s not styled up like the Container Store catalog where three pairs of earmuffs takes up a whole shelf, so don’t be making comparisons. I could have tidied up a bit more but sometimes we just need to keep it real. My sparkles are bustin’. And I love it that way. Every inch of this closet is getting some mileage. One day maybe we will do an in-depth tour, but for today we are talking about necklaces…
For a long time I tried to keep my jewelry bits in little baggies in boxes (and if you look in the drawers of that pink dresser you’ll still see plenty of that), but for stuff that gets used more often, which is usually the cheaper stuff, I just like hooks. Lots and lots of hooks. Hooks on the underside of this shelf, hooks along the side of the wall, hooks on the back of the door. I’m a hooks type of gal.
No color coding, no clasping, no special arrangements. I know myself too well. If it takes me more than a single arm movement to put something away, I won’t bother. And that makes a mess. So, while this might look a little “hectic” to some, it keeps things accessible and visible to me, which means I don’t waste time trying to put away stuff, or finding it next time around. Hooks are my all-occasion solution to minimizing mess.
There used to be a tension bar for hanging clothes under this shelf – I just ripped it out and put up necklace hooks. Cost me about $5 down the Home Depot. I painted the background green and trimmed the shelves in stripes to make is sassy (here is what it looked like before). The shelf is now sagging a little, but it gets the job done. If you don’t have the space for a spare under-shelf in your closet, it’d be pretty easy to install a bracket shelf (like this one from Ikea) somewhere in a bedroom or dressing area.
Or if you don’t have space for a shelf, just hang some nails on the wall and go to town. This works especially well for hanging necklaces with delicate chains, or super chunky necklaces that take up too much hook space. Small nails prevent me from piling them on (my natural tendency) which is helpful for keeping things untangled. Plus it doubles the underspace. Plus sparkles create their own kind of art. Plus if you see them more often you’ll wear them more often, and that just benefits everyone. So really, this isn’t so much about necklace organizing as it is a service to the community.
So, I’m guessing I’m not the only one who outgrew their dinky jewelry box a long time ago. How do you organize your sparkles?