You know the scenario. You’re rushed to get dressed for work. The kids are screaming for your attention (or at each other). You need to look especially nice today and it never fails…..you can’t find that particular piece of jewelry that sets off your outfit.
Or you can’t find the mate to your earrings.
Or the necklace you wanted to wear is tangled in a big knot and you just don’t have time to undo it.
Arrrg! There has to be a better way to get out the door with your sanity – and your accessories – intact.
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Now I’m going to admit right up front that I am a jewelry lover from way back. I come by it naturally because my mom was a jewelry hound extraordinaire and passed that love of sparkly things on to me. As a result, I have a nice collection of baubles and bling.
But one thing that used to drive me nuts was trying to keep my collection organized. I started off with a small jewelry box as most of us do, but it wasn’t long before that box was much too small. Since giving up my jewelry addiction was not an option, I had to find ways to keep everything together and somewhat organized. Through the years I’ve tried just about every system there is. These are some of my favorite products that I think do the best job of keeping your jewelry organized so that you can find what you want when you want it. That certainly makes mornings (or any time you’re getting dressed) easier.
My favorite is my mirrored jewelry armoire. The one I own can either go on the back side of a door or be hung on a wall. The one my mother had was freestanding like the one below.
Another thing I like about my armoire is that it locks. For example, when we were showing our previous home for sale I felt confident that none of my pieces would “disappear”. Granted, someone could pry the cabinet off the wall and haul it out the door (although we’d have certainly noticed that), but for most situations the lock is adequate. It’s nice to not worry as much when you have strangers in your house.
Other jewelry storage options
There are times, though, when you might not have the space for a bigger jewelry armoire.
This hanging jewelry organizer will go over the back of a door and then roll up for storage or travel. It could also be hung permanently on a wall by removing the door hangers. At 22 in x 50 in it seems a bit large, in my opinion, for travel, but it definitely looks like an option for those who don’t have the space for a bigger piece of furniture (I’m thinking dorm rooms, apartments, and smaller homes).
For years before I treated myself to the bigger jewelry armoire, I used a variety of jewelry boxes and organizers to help me keep things where I could find them.
This is the jewelry box I’ve used for the past few years (except that mine is oak) and I really like it. It’s small enough to sit on top of a dresser or a shelf yet large enough to hold your best pieces. One thing I really like about mine is that the lid has hooks to hold your daintier necklaces while there is an elasticized pouch at the bottom to tuck the pendant into safely. This helps keep those more fragile chains from getting twisted and tangled (which just makes me nuts!).
Since I am a jewelry lover, I never leave home on a trip without planning my outfits and then deciding what jewelry I want to take with me. I’ve used a couple of different types of travel jewelry organizers, but this one that rolls is my favorite. I like that it’s small, that it has compartments to keep your jewelry separated (which prevents tangling and scratching), and that it’s easy to tuck in a variety of bags. The one I have is red eel but is set up exactly the same as this one.
I’ve also used hard sided jewelry cases when I travel but they’re not my preference. However, the nice thing about the hard sided ones is that they can also be used at home if your jewelry collection is small or if you just like to have a selection of your jewelry closer within reach.
For those who have more drawer space then wall space, there is a wide assortment of jewelry trays to use in your drawers (or on shelves). Before I got my jewelry armoire I was gifted with several jewelry trays one Christmas by my sister-in-law. They were perfect for my needs and space at the time.
I liked using the jewelry trays and would still be using them if I hadn’t treated myself to the jewelry armoire.
Now I’ll admit that I’ve never been one who liked my jewelry stored out in the open. I’m too prone to knocking things over and I’ve never had enough horizontal space (that wasn’t taken up with books and such) to find a system useful. But lots of people do like the “boutique” look of having their jewelry on display and using it as decorations. If your this suits your style, this jewelry stand is 12″ by 16″ tall and would hold a decent amount of your treasures.
Ultimately, how you decide to store and organize your jewelry depends on personal preferences and needs.
- How large is your collection?
- Do you like open or closed storage?
- How expensive are your pieces?
- Are you worried about theft or loss?
- Do you have pieces that need special protection from scratching or tarnishing?
- What are your space requirements and limitations?
The good thing is that there are a multitude of options to meet your needs. There’s no reason why putting the finishing touches on before you get out the door has to be a major morning headache. And anything that makes life easier when you’re getting dressed for work or a special outing is a good thing in my book. Time is frenzied enough!