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Organizing Jewelry

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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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By 5 found this helpful
November 7, 2012

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!

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By 8 found this helpful
May 6, 2010

Use ice cube trays to organize jewelry. A few trays will fit nicely into your bureau drawer, and you can use the divided compartments to keep earrings together and to separate small-chain necklaces.


By Natasha from New England

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By 1 found this helpful
February 3, 2007

Tips 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 Spencer

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 SL Edens

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 Bella

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 Robbie

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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January 7, 2016

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.

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By 5 found this helpful
December 8, 2015

Weekday pill organizers like the one pictured can be used to plan what earrings will be worn on which day of the week. Bobby pins fit also fit in this particular one, and rings as well.

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June 30, 20093 found this helpful

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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By 5 found this helpful
July 7, 2012

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.

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By 1 found this helpful
November 6, 2009

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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By 3 found this helpful
June 17, 2012

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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June 11, 2015

I hang all my jewelry from hooks. Certain earrings go with the necklace. When I have the hook kind, I slip it into the chain or just use a small opened paperclip to hang them both together.

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By 2 found this helpful
November 6, 2011

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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By 0 found this helpful
March 21, 2008

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

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By 0 found this helpful
October 21, 2011

I have found that using a piece of plastic canvas to store earrings keeps them organized, together, and visible. I cut a doorknob hanger shape into the plastic canvas and hang my earrings on the inside of the bedroom door.

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October 10, 20050 found this helpful

If you're a sales rep. for Avon, or some other jewelry company. The items you get for show or for very cheaply yourself. Keep all the boxes, even if you wear some of the items. Keep them in their original boxes. This will keep them from getting scratched up in your jewelry box or where ever.

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By 0 found this helpful
November 6, 2006

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.



November 7, 20060 found this helpful

Would an egg carton work??? Try that out!

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November 7, 20060 found this helpful

I have lots of little decorative boxes - & I segregate the jewlery according to type - one box for earrings, one for bracelets, one for pins - and then, of course - one that has everyday stuff I wear all the time....

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November 7, 20060 found this helpful

If you have an entire drawer to use, I would try those drawer organizers they have out for socks and underwear. You should be able to get them at Bed, Bath and Beyond. I don't think they are too expensive especially if you just need one.

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November 7, 20060 found this helpful

Organize necklaces by length, then color, if space permits, because sometimes a certain length is required.

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By Linda (Guest Post)
November 7, 20060 found this helpful

Egg cartons or ice cube trays work great. So do desk organizers or silverware trays. Lots of these can be found at thrift stores for very little.

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By kellly (Guest Post)
November 7, 20060 found this helpful

I did the same thing myself. I used various sized boxes in the shallow top drawer of my dresse, including jewelry box drawers and those plastic formed trays that candy comes in. I am very happy with the outcome.

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By Shera (Guest Post)
November 7, 20060 found this helpful

I use a hardware organizer. I think it was about $5 from Target. It works great. Remove the lid. You can hang the hanging earrings from the dividers and put rings in the boxes.

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By Lynda (Guest Post)
November 8, 20060 found this helpful

Try to follow me on this:

I was given a large new wonderful desk when I worked years ago, from my mother, with a matching lateral file drawer single credenza. I placed both in my long narrow bedroom, used the extra smoothe file drawer for all my personal items that won't fit anywhere else!

Both are in mahogany looking dark walnut, now worn a lot, but still in use. I moved the credenza next to the bed, added a tall narrow mahogany framed mirror to lean between the credenza top and the wall.
Beside each end of the mirror I placed near-matching
boxed jewelry "wardrobes" from Walmart, I'm sure,
and got a special look, as if an antique piece of furniture from another time!

So, inside the top drawer I have discovered that it's deep enough for a cheap molded glass single stem
VASE...for, guess what? My bangle bracelets and
costume watches! Works so very well, easy to see
them and get them off the neck of the vase as needed. I chose a vase that is thicker glass and wide at the base. They are about .50 in a garage sale, but most folks have a few on a shelf somewhere! Mine is clear, but I'd use colored glass if I had it, too.

Glossy new shoe boxes make excellent rolled sock
containers in the same top drawer as the jewelry.
Between the boxes I keep things like new foam shoe inserts/liners, new panty hose, hair barrettes/clips, and I place safety pins of each size in whatever lucite dividers I have left to use in the lucite boxes of jewelry.

Beside them I found and use the lucite boxes with dividers and lids for small jewelry pins/ odd earrings/ misc. pendants of little value. (I was robbed of all things of any value about 15 years ago!) In the jewelry boxes on TOP, I hang beads,
and odd necklaces/sets of costume jewelry. It really works well for me, even though I am more homebound now that my car is in need of repair!

Since the drawers are so deep in the credenza, and the moving mechanism intended for heavy files, it's a JOY to be able to place heavier stacks inside them.
I use ALL sorts of containers for ALL sorts of things
in EVERY drawer, closet, and on every shelf not so easy to see. It not only keeps things straight, but
makes good sense! God bless you as you work. : )

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By 0 found this helpful
October 12, 2009

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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August 17, 20170 found this helpful

One creative use for a drinking straw is for help in organizing necklaces. Keep the chains on your pendant necklaces from getting tangled by storing them inside a drinking straw.

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February 18, 20170 found this helpful

Kitchen mug racks are also very useful for hanging your jewelry. This is a guide about use a mug rack hanger as a jewelry holder.

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June 20, 20160 found this helpful

This is a guide about organizing bracelets. Make these accessories easy to find by displaying them in a creative ways.

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December 18, 20120 found this helpful

This guide is about organizing necklaces. There are ways to keep your jewelry untangled and easy to find.

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October 18, 20110 found this helpful

This is a guide about organizing earrings. Earrings come in almost every imaginable shape and size. It is no wonder they can be difficult to store with getting to be disorganized.

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