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Monday, March 25
The other day I went over to my friend's house to help organize her office (this friend o' mine - Sandra - is the same pretty lady that helped me plant those lovely flowers by my front door). As we were taking things back and forth between rooms, trying to sort what did and didn't belong in the office, I walked past her master bedroom and saw her jewelry display. We started talking about jewelry and how to store it and she showed me a few ideas she's saved up on Pinterest.
Later, after I was home, I decided that my own little jewelry display needed a little TLC. Does anyone else have trouble storing jewelry? It is the bane of my existence. I have a couple of things I reserve that phrase for (including, but not limited to: organizing stuff under the kitchen sink, figuring out what to snack on that is healthy and won't spoil before I get to it, and keeping my closet clean). I feel like I have tried every jewelry storage thing out there. Each new thing I tried seemed to be one, or a combination of, three things:
(1) Not practical
(2) Too bulky/space-wasting
I love pretty trays and gorgeous bowls, but the trays were never big enough to hold everything, and sometimes I lost jewelry pieces in the bowls because they were buried underneath bigger items. I've never really liked jewelry boxes, but when I did try them, they were always too small and ill-fitting. Some of the traditional necklace-and-earring holders (like this one) can be pretty, but soon I had too many necklaces or dangly earrings to fit on it and pulling off/putting on earrings studs that have a back to them was a nightmare. I needed separate spaces for earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and rings, but soon the little trinkets began to add up and the space become bulky and cluttered and not very well managed. Anything that half-worked was either ugly or just dysfunctional enough that I had to change it. I moved my jewelry from my dresser to my closet to the bathroom to a bag to a bowl to a tray to a drawer. It was driving me insane.
For the past almost-year we've lived in our new place, my jewelry has resided in our master bathroom closet. The closet itself is an awkward space - half of it is blocked by the sink and you can't reach anything in it. Right now it holds our laundry, our ratty clothes and shoes we use for painting/dirty work, some bathroom cleaning supplies, and my jewelry. Danny and I installed a little shelf from Target a while back to help with my anger at the jewelry clutter. Raising things vertically if you've got the space (instead of spreading them out horizontally) can really help define an area. After talking with Sandra about storing jewelry, I decided to give my jewelry space a little attention. What I ended up with was a beauty station. And I'm kind-of digging it.
I do three things right before I walk out the door at the beginning of the day: accessorize, put lotion on my hands, and spritz some body spray on. I decided to make my little beauty station a one-stop place for all of that. I tacked my nail polish on because it's pretty and is definitely a little beauty station stop. The lotions and creams in this picture are actually some leftovers the husband gave me - Hemp lotions from The Body Shop. And that big tube thing beside is a can of teeth whitening gel and application strips leftover from my stocking this last Christmas. They fit in the space, so I'm leaving them there for now.
I decided to use my shelf as a guide for my little beauty station. Nothing could go past the edges. I like my jewelry stored in a neat and clearly defined space. The biggest part for me, though, that sold me on this set-up is the fact that I can see all of my jewelry. Hallelujah! No more big pieces covering up small pieces and random things getting lost or tangled up. Blissdom, right there.
Let's take a walk through this little area. I'll show you why I love this set-up so much. First up, my nail polish:
I'll admit it - I'm in love with the little gold boxes that they're sitting in. Seriously - smitten. I have a thing for pretty storage and cute mini boxes. And the gold leaf with black speckles? Le sigh. Want to know where I picked up these little cuties?
They came from a watch box! This pretty little gold chain watch was a gift I got a few weeks ago. I was just about to throw away the box it came in, lamenting at what a waste it was to toss out something so pretty because I didn't need a box like that, when it hit me - what if I tore the box in half? Used each side as a little cubby organizer? And voila! Instant nail polish storage. Better than any other nail polish storage I've used before (which has pretty much been either a metal tin or a ziplock bag). It's also nice because it keeps me from buying extra nail polish bottles. I have enough - I only need what these two little things will fit. I tend to have issues with wanting to buy too much nail polish - those pretty little colors right beside the makeup aisle draw me in everytime, people.
Let's move on to bracelets:
When I was over at Sandra's house, most of the storage/organization bins we ended up using were boxes, baskets, random compartment organizers, etc. that she had saved up. Anything that looked like it could be used to organize something - she held on to it. It inspired me. I decided to use this green little tin. It previously held the hemp lotion I referred to earlier. The lid to this tin actually now houses all of the husband's shaving stuff down below his sink. The green adds a pretty pop of color. I may not keep it forever, but for right now, it works perfectly. And again - I can see all of my bracelets at one glance. I love that.
No organization to my body spray - I just place it up there because it's pretty and I usually like to spritz it on as I'm trying to figure out what jewelry to wear. I usually only have 1 body spray/perfume at a time. Part of me wants to have a million different kinds (I love wonderful, smell-good things) but I get anxious having too many bottles that I'm not using. The other two containers hold pretty shimmery powder - a gift from my mother-in-law for Christmas. I like to add a little dab or spritz of it on for date night. And I posted about my necklace organizer earlier, so we'll skip that.
Okay, okay - I've been holding on to the best part for last. This isn't necessarily the prettiest way to store jewelry, but I feel like it was heaven sent when I saw these containers at Target:
They're clear, they're stackable, and they have separate compartments to organize different kinds of jewelry. Seriously, this is what I've been needing all my life. I had kind-of tried this before - I once used these pretty little egg trays from Anthropologie to separate out my earrings and rings. But they aren't stackable; they smoosh your jewelry. I chipped one and ended up selling it in a yard sale. The other I've held on to (you can see the tip of it in the nail polish picture). These containers, though, don't smoosh your jewelry. They are lightweight and rest slightly above the bottom of the container below it. And the individual compartments are bigger so you can place larger pieces of jewelry in them.
In the top organizer I store watches, rings, and small earrings with backs. In the middle one I store all of my dangly earrings, plus a few earrings and rings I only wear for special occasions (like my BYU game day earrings). In the bottom organizer I have items like my rubber bracelets I'll sometimes buy at races or random events and jewelry that's broken and needs to be fixed.
Just the other day, I actually added a little feature to one of the compartments. I wanted to separate out some of the earrings I wear into categories. So I chopped up another watch box made out of cardboard and hot glued these little strips down:
Clockwise starting at the top: (1) Fabric earrings, along with another two pair I wear often. (2) My dangly small earrings. (3) My colorful, round, fun pairs. (4) Pearls and earrings I wear for dressed-up days.
And there you have it! A little wrap-up of my beauty station. I usually set my sunglasses here, too - I'm less likely to forget them when I see them right before I leave the house. I might add other fun accessories or swap out pretty jewelry trays (like this one or this one) as time goes on. And the space has room to grow up on the walls. Right now, though, my little station makes me happy. It's pretty, functional, and practical.
Linking up: Home Stories A to Z, Love Grows Wild, Design, Dining, and Diapers, 504 Main, Crafty Texas Girls - The Scoop, IHeart Organizing
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