This post is written by Rubbermaid employee Gretchen Walsh
I belong to the “out of sight, out of mind” club – I love my space to look de-cluttered (who doesn’t?)…but if something’s hidden away, it may as well not even exist. This is a problem for someone who’s also an active member of the “I love to buy shiny things” club.
So how does a member of these two clubs organize her jewelry collection so that it’s easily accessible but also keeps everything organized and visible on a day-to-day basis?
I used to keep my jewelry all together in one big box, but that didn’t help. I never knew what I had, so it was hard to find something to match an outfit in the mornings. Plus, having everything in one box scuffed the shininess off some of the pieces and tangled up the necklaces – not good for a girl in a rush every morning.
I knew I needed a place to keep everything in plain sight, which made a bulletin board a good choice. However, since my jewelry collection has so many different lengths, I needed a way to really “show off” each piece, so that nothing is covered up.
I happened to have a pack of three of these round cork boards hanging around (hint: they’re actually sold as hot plates at my favorite Scandinavian store!), and I hung them on the wall next to my dresser mirror using 3M Command picture hanging strips (easy to hang and they don’t damage the walls in my rental). I like the round shape of these – they set off the square-ness of the mirror. Also, setting them up in a “stop-light” pattern allowed me to hang my necklaces on different boards and vary the length so that I could see everything at once.
I used push-pins to hang necklaces and some dangly earrings – but the best part is post earrings can just be stuck into the cork board, which makes it easy to change up my look in the mornings and to put things away in the evenings. You might be able to guess that I use the middle board more often since it’s eye-level (my fun seasonal earrings – shamrocks for St. Paddy’s Day, American flag feathers for 4th of July – are on the top board).
Now that everything’s visible, I can keep inventory of what I have and minimize damage. It’s also easy to find jewelry to match my outfit in the morning, and I make sure to put everything back on the board every evening.
What I need next is a place to store bracelets and rings – because of the bulkiness of some of the cuffs in my collection, they won’t fit on the bulletin board. I haven’t quite figured out a solution yet – does anyone have any ideas?