If you Google jewellery organiser or look up some options at Pinterest, most of the stuff you will see will be about displaying your jewellery on your dresser or in drawers or framed on walls.
(Click on the photos for their link. Via Pinterest)
Beautiful ideas, no doubt, but they are not always feasible. I live in a rental and cannot go around hanging things on the wall. Plus, its really dusty here in India, so displaying jewellery is totally out of question.
I have a lot of jewellery ( I hoard it!) which I hardly wear but I prefer to keep it well within reach. I needed something which will let me glance at my jewellery at one go, especially rings, but keep them safe. Also, my neck pieces had to be stored somehow so as to not get tangled.
I stored my rings in two clear plastic boxes. There were a lot of ideas online about storing rings, and I borrowed a lot.
For one box, I rolled up foam into 4-5 tubes/rolls, and glued them onto a piece of cardboard (cut to size of the box).
Then I ran out of foam. And there was still one more box to be organised! I thought of rolling up pages out of old books, but I love books and couldn’t bring myself to do that. So I tore out pages from fashion glossies (2-3 year old) and created rolls out of them. You can use felt or fabric (like velvet) for the purpose. I wanted to create it from whatever stuff I already had.
And then, the best part: placing your rings in the boxes and admiring how beautiful they look!
Now the second problem: my necklaces. For this project, I used stuff I already had with me. So basically, both projects cost me 0 money
A file binder/organiser, hole puncher, pieces of cardboard (I always store cardboard which comes with new shirts/mail boxes. Its great for craft), safety pins, glue, scissors, stapler, ribbons, ruler, gift wrapping paper
and your choice of embellishments.
1. Cut the cardboard pieces 2-3 inches smaller than the file. 2. Cover them with beautiful paper of your choice on both sides. 3. Punch holes in them (you might have to press really hard if the cardboard is thick) making sure that the holes are carefully aligned with the file. 4.Take strings/wire/thread/twine/ribbons of your choice. Staple them from one end of the cardboard to another, keeping as close to the top as possible. This will help in holding the necklaces. 5. String two more ribbons around the width of the cardboard as these will help keep the necklaces from getting entangled. Add safety pins to the top ribbon or string. Hang your favourite necklace from it. Repeat steps for all neck pieces.
Note: I hung 4-5 neck pieces per cardboard page. Some of them are chunky hence I cannot use for than 4 pages in this binder. If you have a big collection, you will need to create more such files to store your jewellery.
Its been a week now and I must say I smile every time I open my wardrobe and see my jewellery all beautifully organised. I can open my “file” anytime and go through my neck pieces. I can see all my rings at a glance. Dressing up is so much easier now!