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Having a large jewelry collection is nice to have for dressing up or just everyday wear. However, it is easy to get necklaces and earrings tangled or lose track of other accessories. This is a guide about organizing jewelry.

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November 7, 2012 Flag
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I have found that old cosmetics containers (that have been cleaned out) are great to store jewelry in for a weekend trip. It's also a great way to recycle!

Cosmetics Containers
    Cosmetics Containers
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    January 7, 2016 Flag

    My roomie bought some dresses for her grand babies at Costco. They come with this wonderful hook she was about to recycle. I scooped it up and now use it for jewelry. You can use it for a key hook, lanyard, craft scissors, or anything you need a quick and very "thrifty" hook! N-JOY!!

    closeup of necklace on hook
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      June 20, 2016 Flag
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      This is a guide about organizing bracelets. Make these accessories easy to find by displaying them in a creative ways.

      Unorganized pile of gold bracelets on a white surface

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      February 3, 2007 Flag
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      Tips for Organizing JewelryTips to help you organize your jewelry. Post your ideas.

      Tie Racks and Color Coordination

      Finally, my jewelry is organized and easy to see. I purchased 2 tie-matic men's tie holders on ebay to hang my necklaces. I use one for silver and misc., and one for gold. No hassles finding what I want, no untangling, and I wear my old jewelry that I had forgotten. I did the same with earrings in 2 plastic compartment organizers, one for silver and colors, one for gold.

      By Brenda from St. Cloud, MN

      Linen Calendars

      I use the reverse side of linen calendars to hold my earrings and pins. All of them fit on one calendar, It is easy to put them on because of the loose weave and they look pretty hanging on my bathroom wall. I use an expanding wooden cup rack for my necklaces and they also look pretty hanging on the wall.

      By Nancy

      Small Plastic Bags

      To keep my jewelry organized, I got some small plastic re-sealable bags at the craft store. Each set (necklace and matching earrings or ring or bracelet) is stored in a separate bag. The bags were pretty cheap and this way I don't have to search for all the parts of a set and the necklaces don't get tangled together. It also keeps the sterling silver pieces untarnished longer since they aren't exposed to air as much.

      By Camilla

      Toothbrush Holder

      I hang the earrings I wear the most on a pretty toothbrush holder. It looks elegant and the French hangers fit perfectly in the toothbrush holder holes. When I am in a rush, I don't search for an earring!

      By Sandy

      Suction Cup Hooks

      I bought various sized hooks that are affixed to suction cups and placed them all around the perimeter of my bathroom mirror. I hook all my hair doodads and necklaces, etc. on the hooks and have them quickly at hand for dressing.

      By Suzanne S.

      Plastic Trays and a Tie Rack

      For earrings, I found, at my local dollar store, plastic trays with hinged lids that have roughly 24 compartments. The walls of each compartment extend all the way to the lid of the tray, so if the tray is accidentally turned upside down, items stay within their respective compartments instead of becoming a jumbled mess. These trays usually have a label on them that calls them "craft organizers" or something similar. Initially, I was placing one pair of earrings in each compartment, but each one is roomy enough for several pairs of earrings. At the same dollar store, I also found a smaller version of the bigger tray with just 5 compartments, and I use this size for my jewelry when traveling. Both sizes of these trays work great for both earrings and rings.

      For necklaces, I bought an inexpensive men's tie rack (under 5 dollars at Lowe's or Home Depot) and placed it on my closet wall where I hang my necklaces and bracelets on the hooks of the rack. I have finally solved my jewelry organizing problem, and I did it pretty cheaply! Hope this helps someone else too!


      Using Egg Cartons

      For a quick earring or pin holder, cut the top off a foam egg carton and place the bottom half in a dresser drawer (you can fill an entire empty drawer with the bottom of the foam cartons).

      Each of the egg dividers becomes a sturdy holder for earrings or a special pin.

      By Joyce

      Picture Frame and Thumbtacks

      I have an old empty gold picture frame with black foam board. I put clear thumbtacks and "frame" my pins and earrings. It is so pretty. By steffi

      Tackle Box

      To organize jewelry I use a tackle box with dividers, works pretty good.

      By Julie

      Traveling With Chain Necklaces

      This isn't really an organizing tip but the best tip I ever saw for traveling with chain necklaces is to put the unhooked chain through a drinking straw (which you can cut if you need it to be smaller) and hook it after you've threaded it. You won't have tangled chains when you reach your destination.

      By Luvyabye

      Jar with a Cork Top

      I use a spaghetti jar with a cork top. Take small hooks like the coffee cup hooks (but smaller) and place them upside down in the jar and hang jewelry. Keeps the jewelry clean and you can see what is the jar. Long necklaces can be hung with smaller ones with no problem.

      By Dgrams

      Coat Hooks and Picture Frames

      Two things:

      A board with coat hooks on it is great for necklaces. Just attach to your wall.

      For earrings, I use old picture frames with plastic window screening stapled to the back. For french hooks, you can hang the picture frame directly on your wall. For posts, alas, you have to prop it up on your dresser, because you need to get to the back of the frame to get the back of the earring.

      By Kathy K.

      Wire Coat Hanger

      I love earrings and have a great selection of the hook type ones. I have a dressing table with a wardrobe next to it. On the side if the wardrobe I have hung a wire coat hanger. I have a pretty piece of lace, that was part of a curtain originally, that I have attached to the coat hanger and I then hang the earrings all over the lace and they are easy to see, don't get tangled and I can pick out the ones I want quickly when at my dressing table.

      By Maggie

      Ice Cube Trays

      I use Ice Trays to store my earrings in. They stack very nicely. In the top one I place all of the gold earrings, the second ones has the silver earrings, the third one I sort by colors 1/2 with colored stones and 1/2 with other colored stones. The backs are always easy to find and if I have room left over I create a pocket just for extra backs. Each tray holds 12 pair so they are stacked and easy to locate without having to go through your jewelry box each morning.

      By Connie A. from Tennessee

      Cloth Diaper

      Cloth baby diapers hung up on a wall by the top two corners, makes a excellent pierced earring holder. If decoration is wanted you could tie-dye the diaper before hanging it up.

      By evlevo85

      Bathroom Jewelry Shelf

      I have a wicker 3-tiered shelf in my bathroom; i attached paper clips to the side of the shelf; i hang my necklaces on the paper clips. I keep my silver earrings in a ceramic box; my pins in an antique powder box, pearl-like earrings in another ceramic box with a top; i have a small ceramic basket which sits on my bathroom vanity top that holds the earrings i wear on a daily basis; larger necklaces are placed on a standing cup holder (for mugs). Bracelets are kept in another antique powder box.

      Paint Roller

      I use a new paint roller for bracelets. I just put the bracelet on it (holds several) and it stays nice with no kinks and easy to find.

      By Peggy

      Ice Cube Trays

      Need a way to store earrings in your jewelry drawer but don't want to pay the high price they ask for the earring trays? Do what I did: I bought (3 for $1.00 at the dollar store) stacking ice cube trays. For only $1.00, I got enough storage for 36 pairs of earrings (even more pairs actually since you can put 2 or 3 smaller-size pairs in each cube if you want) for a lot less than the $10 or $15 they want for the earring tray that only holds about 8 pairs! (The few pairs of earrings I have that stick up a ways out of the cube I put in the top tray.)

      By Lynn from Calif. from Chico, CA

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      April 7, 2010 Flag
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      I moved to a small flat last November and am still finding items that I have not unpacked. Amongst these are my bling bracelets and watches, only cheap from holidays but I just love them.

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      August 26, 2009 Flag

      My necklaces kept getting tangled up in the box so I super-glued this piece of wood, with hooks attached, to the inside of the wardrobe door. It is much handier and I can see at a glance what I have.

      hooks for jewelry

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      November 16, 2007 Flag

      Can't find one of your favorite earrings in your jewelry box? Keep them easily paired and organized by looping them through the holes of buttons. This works with hanging earrings and studs.

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      November 6, 2006 Flag
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      I would like to organize my jewelry in a drawer of my dresser. Are there any ideas on how to do that in do-it-yourself way? I do not want to buy the jewelry box, as I like to have everything out of the way.


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      July 30, 20070 found this helpful

      i use ice cube trays for my earrings, necklaces

      and then a plastic drawer (could use a shoebox lid?) for my bracelets, bigger necklaces/chokers

      my friend hangs chicken wire inside her hall closet doors to hang her big earrings on. it's super cute.

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      October 12, 2009 Flag
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      I need help organizing my jewelry. Yes, I am an earring addict. Now I have three dresser drawers consumed by my jewelry and I need the space in my dresser; we have a really small house and space is so limited.

      I can't find jewelry boxes or jewelry organizers, even the kind that hang on the wall, to hold my stuff. I also have a lot of necklaces. Any jewelry box I've ever seen has a lot of space for rings, but I hardly have any rings. They don't even have half the space I need for earrings and necklaces and bracelets.

      Does anyone have any suggestions, please. I've tried tackle boxes, but maybe I haven't found the right brand yet. I'm also aware that my bracelets collection is being enlarged. Any good ideas out there? Thank you.

      By metroplex from Houston, TX

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      October 15, 20090 found this helpful

      The top drawer in my chest of drawers is shallow and not really good for much so I lined it with foam rubber covered with black fabric, and stick the posts of my earrings in that. I do have some like hoops, etc., that just lay there, but being it isn't a hard surface they don't slide together and get mixed up. I keep a small box in the drawer with the backs for the posts in it.

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      June 30, 2009 Flag
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      I reused an old curio cabinet as a jewelry box! I simply add hooks at the top of each shelf section for necklaces and bracelets. Then I found some cute wooden boxes at various yard sales, for less than a dollar, to hold my watches, rings, etc.

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      June 14, 2007 Flag
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      I found one way to organize my earrings. I have several necklace and earring sets. The necklaces in these sets have "extensions" or extra pieces of chain on them that allow you to fasten them in different places to make the necklace different lengths when wearing them.

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      November 6, 2009 Flag
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      I save all those tiny little baggies that buttons come in on new clothes and keep my earring paired up and my jewelry separated in my jewelry box. They keep chains and hooks from getting tangled up, and help keep the box neat and well organized.

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      January 22, 2013 Flag
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      Wooden mug trees make great places to keep watches and bracelets. Just hang them where you would put mugs. Do not have one? You can find them at thrift stores or garage or yard sales.

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      July 7, 2012 Flag
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      I was looking for a way of keeping earrings and necklaces un-cluttered when not having an earring stand. I took two metal cooler racks (the kind you use in the kitchen) hung them on the wall with Command Hooks (one in each corner at the top) and hung my earrings on them in staggered rows.

      Earrings on rack.

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      April 21, 2013 Flag
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      You can keep pierced earrings on spare buttons to sort them and keep them from getting all mixed up in the jewelry box. Just put the earrings in one of the two buttonholes, and they will not come loose.

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      November 2, 2007 Flag
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      I asked a clerk at a jewelry store. She said to clasp it, then put the necklace in a tiny zip lock bag with only the clasp part poking out. Close the zip seal. That's what they do.

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      June 17, 2012 Flag
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      Take a small extension rod that will fit snugly between two moldings on the wall. Use S hooks to hang costume jewelry over the rods. I have 5 rods with various widths in between them to hang the different lengths, as well as bracelets.

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      May 25, 2012 Flag
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      I have lots of earring and necklaces that match, so I was always rummaging for the right ones. I decide to put the posts of my earrings into a chain link on the matching necklace and then put the backs on the earrings. No more hunting for matching jewelry!

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      March 21, 2008 Flag
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      I bought large size embroidery hoops, 2 scarves (or a nice piece of material cut in half = for 2).

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      November 6, 2011 Flag
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      I bought two boxes in the tool section of Wal-Mart that hold screws and nails. They come in different sizes, number of drawers they have, and size of drawers. I store all my earrings, rings, anklets, and bracelets in these.

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      July 17, 2011 Flag

      A friend of mine had given me some craft items to use. She also gave me left over embroidery hoops. I use them as a display to house the earrings.

      Two wooden embroidery hoops

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