Confessions of a Jewelry Hoarder

Am I the only one who has absolutely zero organization for my jewelry?

Like, seriously, when I get dressed in the morning I have to spend about ten minutes rooting around in the linen closet just to find a necklace, much less find one I really want to wear. And if I actually have a specific necklace in mind? Forget about it – it’s just not gonna happen. Last week, I finally got to the point where I just. couldn’t. take. it. anymore. and I told Corey and I wasn’t going to put any of my jewelry away until I had a better way to organize it. About two days of that, and I think we were both about ready to lose our minds, so we decided that something had to change immediately.

So…I picked up this set of antlers from Hobby Lobby. Yup – antlers. I figured they would be perfect to hold my necklaces and keep them in a place where I could actually see them. I found this in the “Men’s Decorating” section, or something ridiculous like that, and it just happened to be 50% off! So, for about $12.00, I got the perfect set of faux antlers to hold my jewelry.

…Or, at least I knew it would be perfect once I made it a little less ugly. But we’ll get to that in a minute.

I also grabbed this cheap-o gold frame from Goodwill for $2.99. It was even uglier than the antlers, but it had some pretty detailing on it and while it looked awful to have the ornate detail combined with the gold, I knew that with a quick coat of paint it would be looking much better.

Let’s start with the frame – my plan was to use it to organize my earrings. For years, I’ve just kept them in a little plastic tackle box with dividers, but I was definitely suffering from the “out of sight, out of mind” syndrome and I rarely used any of the earrings that I owned. And when I did use them, I rarely took the time to put them back in the tackle box, so they were just floating all over the place. So, the goal was to have them visible and easy to access (and easy to put away!) so that I’d be more likely to actually use them on a regular basis.

I grabbed some chicken wire from Lowe’s (I think it was something like $12.00 for this insane amount – I’m going to have to dream up some other projects so I can use it all!) and gave my frame a few quick coats of glossy black spray paint.

All I did was cut some chicken wire out to fit in the frame, pop it in, and call it a day.

Super simple, right? I used Command Picture Hanging Strips to hang it up, because I had plans to hang it on the inside of our linen closet door and I knew I wouldn’t be able to use a nail. I popped three strips on and then pressed it to the door – the whole thing took about 2 minutes to hang!

Then all that was left to do was fill ‘er up!

I absolutely love how easy it is now to access my earrings, and I know I’m going to be a lot more likely to wear them. I’ve got plenty of room to add more, so maybe I can finally lift the “no-earrings-because-I’ll-never-wear-them-anyways” ban I put on myself awhile ago.

Next up, let’s check out my antlers. These required even less work because all they needed was a few coats of white spray paint and they were ready to hold all of my necklaces!  I was definitely having a similar “out of sight, out of mind” problem with some of my necklaces, because I was starting to notice that I was rotating through the same 3 or 4 necklaces and I kept forgetting that I even owned some of them. I’m sure part of my problem was the fact that I had absolutely no organization system for them before – they were all scattered in about four different places, and they were all just tossed into different jewelry boxes with no organization or system. Getting them all out to hang on my new antlers gave me a chance to get rid of some of the ones I’ll never wear and to organize them a bit better so that I can actually see what I have and hopefully switch it up a bit more.

We hung it right next to my sink for now, but someday when we get around to gutting and re-decorating this bathroom it may migrate around a bit. I definitely like having it near my sink, though, because I’m a lot more likely to browse through my necklaces while I’m getting ready in the morning, and I’ve already found myself switching it up a bit more than usual.

I’m completely head-over-heels in love with my new jewelry organization system, and I am very hopeful that it will keep me motivated to actually wear all of the jewelry I have. Plus, I’ll take just about any excuse I can to display more shiny white animals (or…parts of animals) in my home!

How do you organize your jewelry? Do you have a brilliant system, or do you just toss it into random places?

 

13 comments

  1. Lyndsey says:

    I love this! I am actually *somewhat* organized with my jewelry because I’m a jewelry person. Although it helps that I wear the same exact necklace every single day— so that clears a lot of clutter :) I don’t buy necklaces because I know I’ll never wear them. But earrings. Oh, the earrings. I am a huge earring person (both in that I love earrings, and that I love HUGE earrings) and I do tend to leave them laying around the house at the end of the day bc they make my ears hurt sometimes haha. I’ve been dreaming of doing one of those picture-frame type organizers for them, but I have a lot with lever-backs (because I wear a lot of hoops) and so I’m not sure exactly how to make it work yet. But your two organizers look awesome!!

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    Amanda Reply:

    I wish I wore earrings more! I’m awful about changing mine out. You should try a ring holder for all of your hoops! :)

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  2. Lauren says:

    Both very cute organization options! I used to change my necklaces up depending on what I was wearing, but recently since they were in boxes in a nightstand I never remember what I have.

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  3. Corinne says:

    Great ideas! i’ve seen the frame thing all over Pinterest and other blogs, but since I don’t wear earrings, that doesn’t quite work for me. Currently, all my necklaces reside on door knobs throughout the upstairs bedrooms! I have a little tree-shaped jewelry stand too, but it’s not tall enough to handle my necklaces at all. I’d really like to find some cute knobs and a few chunks of wood, stick them up on the wall, and call it a day!

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  4. Colleen says:

    Just a tip: Storing jewelry in the bathroom will cause them to tarnish quicker due to the moisture.

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    Amanda Reply:

    Thanks for the tip! Most of my jewelry is from places like Forever 21, so it’s no big deal if it gets messed up, but I haven’t had any problems yet! I’ll definitely keep that in mind if I start to see issues, though! :)

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  5. Allie says:

    I love the antlers! I have an acrylic earring holder that I love — it’s gigantic and folds up for easy storage. I’ve been using that for a couple of years, but I’m still throwing all my bracelets in a drawer and my necklace rack is much too small for the amount I have. It’s probably time for an upgrade!

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  6. kjpugs says:

    This is awesome!!! I may end up 100% copying this idea because I am loving how easy this is! I will still try to find something that can go on my dresser. It’s all in a box right now :( Working on it!

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