Organizing Your Jewelry, Part I: Storage Solutions for Your Baubles and Jewels

Organizing Your Jewelry, Part I: Storage Solutions for Your Baubles and JewelsDo you have piles of necklaces and earrings and bracelets that you just aren’t sure where to put or how to organize? Liz Canavan, a professional organizer in Boulder, Colorado, sat down with Interweave in order to share some simple tips on organizing your jewelry. She serves on the board of NAPO-CO (National Association of Professional Organizers) and has been featured as an expert in Real Simple magazine. Her company, Alchemy of Order, is a full-service professional organizing service, and we are excited to share her tips on organizing your jewelry!

If you’re like me, you have a jewelry collection that sometimes becomes unruly. As your collection grows, so does the dilemma of how to store it. I want my jewelry on display and visible so I’m sure to wear it, but I can’t stand when my silver tarnishes or when the chaos becomes too much for me. Let me share with you what I’ve learned about the best ways to preserve, maintain, and enjoy your jewelry collection.

First, approach this challenge like a good organizer: identify your needs. Custom-closet companies start with the question, what’s going in there? Do you have 10 or 24″ of “long hang”? Then they build a closet to meet your needs. So, I ask you, what’s going in there?

To answer this question, I designate jewelry-storage spaces as “A,” “B,” and “C” spaces. “A” space is for jewelry you wear daily or weekly. This space should be very easy to access. Think about a small dish or ring stand on your vanity, a jewelry tree on your dresser, or some hooks on your bedroom wall. Or, make your own decorative mesh board to organize and display jewelry.

Keep jewelry you wear less often, perhaps monthly, in a “B” space. This space should be somewhat easy to access and protective of jewelry, for example, a jewelry box or cases of some sort stored in a dresser drawer. Jewelry you wear even less frequently, such as holiday pins or special occasion jewelry, is best stored in “C” spaces—plastic containers in your closest or, in the case of valuable items, a safe-deposit box.

If you’re reading this article, chances are jewelry is important to you. Follow these steps to ensure your jewelry will last a lifetime and make you sparkle!

Get a Clean Start

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Homemade Jewelry Display

Organizing Your Jewelry, Part I: Storage Solutions for Your Baubles and Jewels

  • 8×10″ photo frame with cardboard or plastic insert still intact
  • 8×10″ piece of fabric (or decorative paper)
  • 10×12″ piece of wire screen-door mesh
  • Hooks or unwound paper clips (optional)
  • Glue
  • Strong tape (such as duct tape)


  • Scissors


  1. Take the frame apart and remove the glass.
  2. Dab a small amount of glue in each corner of the cardboard or plastic insert that came in the frame. Place the fabric on top of the insert; let the glue dry.
  3. Place the wire mesh on top of the fabric, folding the edges to the back of the cardboard or plastic insert. Tape the edges down, keeping the wire mesh taut and smooth.
  4. Put the frame back together, putting the glass behind the fabric covered insert for extra stability.
  5. Mount to a wall near your dressing area. If desired, use unwound paper clips or hardware-store hooks to hang bracelets and necklaces.

Photo courtesy of Peggy Dyer.

This story originally appeared in the Fall 2009 issue of Jewelry Stringing magazine. To find out more about Alchemy of Order or more organizing tips, contact Liz at Alchemy of Order website or (303) 641- 4760. Stay tuned for Part II, coming soon!

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