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Organize jewelry! For most of us, our jewelry carries special meaning which is a great reason to organize and store properly. This won't take much time and you'll be glad you did for years to come.
When you organize jewelry, spend a few moments thinking about the giver of some of your pieces. In this crazy-busy world, we tend to forget, and then rush past the special feelings we once felt at certain points in our lives. Jewelry often reflects some very special memories.
Gather your jewelry all together and lay out each piece so you can see it all.
Take out all broken jewelry and single earrings. Unless you will really make the effort to have it repaired or wear the one earring, out it goes!
Now, pick up each remaining piece and ask yourself questions like:
Do I love it?
Do I wear it?
Will I wear it?
If not, give it away!You can give some to your children for hand-me-downs or even dress-ups, but just a few pieces in the interest of keeping out the clutter!
Now that you have decided on what you are going to keep, start sorting into:
Earrings (matched up)
Or if you prefer, separate into what you wear all of the time and what you wear infrequently.
Please sort according to what makes sense for you. It's different for everyone.
Now for storing...
Bracelets are easy to store. If they are solid, you can hang them or lay them in a compartment of your jewelry organizer. If they are fine chain, same thing. but just make sure you keep them separtate to keep from kinking or getting tangled.
Earring trees (with all the little holes), are a good idea but if you don't want to take the time to methodically put each pair back on the tree after wearing, you will be better off with a compartmentalized organizer. Just drop the pair in and go!
Hang if possible to keep from getting tangled or knotted. Alternatively, you can use any type of organizer with small compartments such as tackle boxes, DMC floss organizers or ice cube trays (although they are quickly becoming obsolete). I prefer the first two because your jewelry will be covered keeping dust out. The main idea is to keep things separate.
Ring trees are a good option for rings you wear frequently. Store the rest of your rings in a covered box. You can even sort them into gold, silver, bands, costume or whatever other category that makes sense to you.
Are you wondering why I haven't mentioned jewelry boxes to organize jewelry? I thought so! Jewelry boxes are beautiful, but more often than not, impractical. If you have a treasured jewelry box, by all means, use it! Store your most frequently worn peices in your box and try some of the above storage ideas for what's remaining.
The more separated you keep each piece of jewelry, the more easily you will be able to retrieve and actually wear your jewelry.
For most of us, our jewelry carries special meaning which is a great reason to organize jewelry and store properly. This won't take much time and you'll be glad you did for years to come.