I have collected a few pieces of jewelry over time to say the least, and many of them have stories and memories attached. However, I also seem to go through phases as to which ones I wear on a regular basis, while others collect a bit of dust until I find myself searching through my jewelry again. Recently, I couldn't find much of anything - the top of my dresser had turned into a total wreck. It was time to re-organize and become inspired.
This is the mess that I was dealing with. It is a wonder that my necklaces weren't tangled every morning. Before I tackled the mess, I stopped at Home Goods and Target and purchased a few different types of jewelry displays so that I would have a few options to work with in the space. Whatever didn't work, I simply returned later. I purchased multiple necklace/bracelet holders as well as a beautiful mirrored glass box and a few trinket bowls and ring holders I had picked up at flea markets and cute shops.
Sometimes the hardest thing to do is start! Here are the steps I took to go from a hot mess of jewelry to an orderly display.
- Take off all your jewelry and lay it all out on a flat clean surface and begin going through it. I created multiple piles based off of - keep or give away and then I broke it down into type - necklaces, bracelets, rings, pins or earrings.
- Layer the jewelry stands/boxes in various places on the dresser before adding jewelry. Start with taller, thinner items in the back and work your way to the front with lower, smaller items.
- Before adding the jewelry in, add other trinkets or other small items. If you have enough room on your dresser a small vase of flowers or a framed photo are always nice. Sadly, that wasn't an option for me.
- Be realistic of what is really going to work. I loved the mirrored box, but looked best with a few dramatic bracelets set inside. If I had less jewelry or a larger dresser, I would have made it work!
- Mix and match finishes, textures and scale. The bracelet holder I used had a touch of patterned fabric which adds a bit of warmth to the metallics scattering the dresser top.
- Once the stands are layered, begin adding jewelry! It makes an immediate difference. Of course, there are a few pieces I still have lying across the top of the dresser - those are ones that I am a fan of at the moment and will eventually rotate out. Everything can't be perfect!
There were a couple items that just didn't fit and those are the necklaces above hanging on hummingbird hooks. These are in the guest room, which I use for additional clothes and accessories on a regular basis, so I thought I might as well hang some of the larger necklaces in there against the dark navy walls. It may seem a bit disjointed, but I think visually it works great and it isn't much of a problem on a day to day basis. I thought this was going to be a bigger job, but honestly, once I got a variety of options for display the whole process didn't take long. It only took a few hours minus all the photos (which I had more of, but can't seem to find). I still would like to repaint the jewelry box, possibly a soft pink or blood orange/red, but may wait until its chilly outside with little to do. Thoughts? All in all, I am one happy camper that can see all my trinkets quickly and easily now! Do you have a mess, or are you super organized with just a few special pieces?