Your necklaces are tangled, you can only find one of your favorite earrings, and you have no idea where that one bracelet is; if this is sounding familiar, then you may be in need of a few genius jewelry storage hacks.
I'm no stranger to the world of disorganized jewelry. I spent the majority of my 20s keeping all the jewelry items I owned in a a three-tiered plastic storage container. In theory, it was supposed to help me separate items by use. In practice, rings, necklaces, bracelets, and earrings were thrown together in a jumble. I often couldn't find what I was looking for, and when I did, I usually spent a good 20 minutes untangling it from something else. And if that didn't suck enough, I often ended up completely forgetting what I even owned. Nothing was in plain site, which meant much of it was routinely forgotten.
It wasn't until I spent a weekend cat sitting for a particularly Type-A friend that I got inspired to do something about my eternally disorganized jewelry situation. One of the first things I noticed about her apartment was that her jewelry was perfectly organized and always in plain site. Not only was everything completely accessible, but it was displayed in a way that made you want to use it.
I spent the following weekend emulating the system for myself, and I've never looked back. If you're tired of struggling with your jewelry, here are 11 storage tips that will seriously change everything.
1. A Necklace Tree
The thing that I love about necklace trees is that they serve two purposes: storage and decoration. The right tree works as the perfect accent piece for your dresser, and it turns your jewelry into a centerpiece of its very own.
2. A Ring Bowl
Like necklace trees, ring bowls are another one of those super useful items that also just look cute. Just toss all your rings in the bowl, and never scrounge around the bottom of a drawer ever again.
3. A Cork Board
DIY YouTuber Brooke Horrell shows us how to make a super cute cork board to hang jewelry and accessories from in the above video. However, if you don't have the time to go into full DIY mode, a regular old cork board and hooks works just as well.
5. Ice Cube Trays For Small Objects
The FrugalGirls.com recommended simply purchasing a couple ice cube trays to store your earrings and other small items in. The nice thing is you can usually get them in super fun colors and they're incredible inexpensive.
6. Use Purse Hangers For Statement Necklaces
Jessica Braum of the JAMbeauty89 YouTube channel recommended repurposing purse and scarf hangers for your long statement necklaces. This will prevent them from getting crammed and tangled in a box or drawer.
7. Don't Forget About A Classic Jewelry Box!
Sometimes we can get so swept up in newfangled hacks that we forget the obvious solution: a jewelry box. If you don't own a ton of jewelry this could very well be the best option for you, and there are a ton of different options to suit every possible need and taste.
8. Consider A Double-Use Mirror
If you're in need of a full length mirror and are getting frustrated with your jewelry storage situation, this could be the answer to your problems. It's a regular-looking mirror that opens to reveal a ton of space for your jewelry and accessories. It might seem like a big upfront cost, but it can be totally worth it for the convenience.
9. Repurpose A Three-Tiered Tea Tray
This is a tip I've seen on a ton of Pinterest boards and it's on the top of my list of storage techniques to incorporate into my storage routine. Keep your eyes peeled for a tiered-tray that you find aesthetically pleasing, and then use it for smaller items, like rings, bracelets, and barrettes.
10. Use A Grater For Earrings
Vintage Cheese Grater Earring Organizer, $20, Etsy
This is another one I've seen on many a Pinterest board and always think it looks like a super quirky and effective way of storing dangling earrings. And if you can't find one in the color you want, you can always remedy the situation with spray paint.
11. Invest In A Bracelet Holder
A stand specifically designed to hold your bracelets is an awesome option if you find yourself feeling like you often loose track of the bracelets you have, and thus don't actually end up wearing them. You can also totally make your own if you're a DIY maven! Check out the above tutorial if interested.
Your jewelry should make you happy — never livid with frustration. If you've been feeling annoyed every time you reach for a necklace, think about incorporating some or all of the above techniques. I promise it will make your life way easier!
Images: Courtesy Brands; WhatsUpMoms/YouTube