Thursday, June 6, 2013

Store Your Bling in Style

A friend recently asked me how I store and organize my jewelry via Instagram. The subject of the snapshot revolved around a lazy Sunday morning in bed watching Housewives reruns on Bravo.  I would have never envisioned that people would start picking up on details in the background. Because I'm obsessed with organization and I believe everything should have a place of its own, I quickly jumped to answer her question with the kind of punchy enthusiasm only a Type-A would appreciate. I feed off this! Next to card stock and office supplies, this is the kind of stuff that makes me jazzed. While I don't have any groundbreaking ideas, I figured I would share a few storage and display tools that have worked for me over the years. The best part? They're all thrifty ways to display your bling.

  • Mannequin and Dress Forms: Find one of these on sites like Etsy and Ebay, or make friends with someone in the world of retail. Quite honestly, this is one of my favorite ways to display my necklaces! It's easy to stack pieces and the more you add, the snazzier it looks! If you're a lover of all things shiny, then it might as well be incorporated into the decor of your home.
  • Chicken Wire: This has got to be one of the cheapest and most accessible ways to store necklaces and dangly earrings. I saw it on a blog several years ago, and I just LOVED the idea! When you have a lot of costume jewelry, buying little containers for each and every piece can get expensive and take up a lot of room. I also adore the fact that it keeps necklaces from getting tangled. Those long chains can be pesky!
  • Wood Hand Manikins: When I was a kid living in Europe, I managed to get my parents to buy me one of these at Ikea. The wooden hand form has traveled all over and moved with me from dorm rooms to endless base housing units. The fingers are always positioned to say "I love you" in sign language because that's how my mom adjusted it whenever she'd come in my room. It's a knick-knack with a sweet reminder and has recently become home to my favorite enamel bangles. I started to run out of room and the idea hit me. Now this little tchotchke is heavily adorned in a colorful stack of bracelets. 
  • Pretty Bowls: Jewelry pieces worn on a regular basis should always be accessible. I picked up a few ornately designed bowls at Anthropologie (on sale, yahoo!), and I started storing them on my nightstand. Whenever I'm getting ready and I start layering accessories, they're in a convenient spot. There's no real science to storing your bracelets this way, and I like that it takes on a very imperfectly perfect vibe. Much like the dress form and chicken wire, the display of the bracelets becomes a piece of art in its own way. It's functional home decor that says something about your personality and individual style. These little details make all the difference throughout your house; they make it unique to YOU.
  • Jewelry Box: My in-laws bought me a lovely green leather jewelry box several years ago (similar here). It's one of my favorite gifts I've ever received because it's something beautiful and functional, and I probably would have never spent the money on one for myself. It's placed on my nightstand next to my bowls filled with bangles. In the jewelry box, I store pieces that I might not wear on a regular basis and heirlooms that are dear to me. It's a safe place to store jewelry that I don't want to tarnish or lose.

What about you? Any organizational tricks or tips? I'd love to know!
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