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Thursday, November 18, 2010

6 Ways to Organize Your Jewelry

I'm so excited to announce we have a guest blogger...Deb Lee! Deb is a Certified Professional Organizer® and the founder of D. Allison Lee LLC. I'm not ashamed to admit I am a major groupie and stalk her blog Organize to Revitalize daily! There you can find tips on everything from saving time to saving money from organizing receipts to organizing your lists and even cleaning your refrigerator, you name it Deb has an organizational solution for it! And now she is sharing her awesome organizing how to with us! Fellow jewelry designers and jewelry junkies Deb has some great solutions for keeping all your pretty jewels in order in her post 6 Ways to Organize Your Jewelry.

6 Ways to Organize Your Jewelry
Deb Lee, Certified Professional Organizer®

Organizing anything takes a little forethought. When you have to organize an inventory of items that range from large and fabulous to elegant and teeny tiny, you may have to get a little creative.  If you love jewelry or make them, like our Ms. Haynes does, here are a few tips for you.

Inventory and categorize your items
Don’t buy anything! …yet.  Resist the urge to buy any organizing products. First - figure out what you will be keeping.  Once you have the number of pieces you’re going to keep, put them in categories.  Do you want to group them by type, color, size, or material?  …or perhaps your favorites or sets?
You might also have a category for broken pieces, although I would recommend that you pitch those. Yes, I’m putting my organizer foot down! On a serious note, if part of your plan is jewelry repair, you should definitely have a category for that.

Think about your space
Consider how much storage space you have. If you have room for ten things and you have fifty, well, you have a few hard decisions to make…or, you can get super creative. =)  Use vertical space, e.g., walls and doors (inside and out). If you’ve ever been to nail salon, you’ve probably seen those acrylic nail polish organizers mounted to the wall.  They’re easy to see and you can find the polish you’re looking for. Wall mounted jewelry organizers can do the same for you.

Find the right storage product
Choose the right storage option based on the size and layout of your space, and be sure that you like it.  If you think the storage unit is ugly, you probably won’t use or keep up with it.  So, go for wild and crazy, if that’s what you like. 
Here are a couple of products that might work for you…

Earring Organizer and Jewelry Display (Necklace Holder, Jewelry Storage) | quiet ground 
This creative design is made by KikiBella. It can hold earrings, necklaces, brooches, barrettes and/or hair pins.  Use several for large volumes of jewelry. Find it on Etsy.com.


Folding Earring Screen
This organizer is great for those smaller items in your collection.  Find it on Amazon.
 Acrylic Drawer Tower Organizer
Another organizer that’s great for teeny tiny things, like rings and earrings.  Find it on Amazon.

Hanging Jewelry Organizer
If you’ve got more room in your closet than you do in your main storage space, this hanging organizer might do the trick.  You can also travel with it.  Get it on Amazon.

Powell Dakota Cheval Jewelry Wardrobe with Full-Length Mirror
This is a great unit that does double duty.  It’s a mirror on the outside and jewelry storage (all types) on the inside.  The full length mirror tilts to various angles. Get it on Amazon. Check out the over-the-door version here and smaller square wall mount unit here. Btw, I use this one myself!

BelleDangles Jewelry Organizer

Mount this organizer to the wall to hang your necklaces, dangling earrings, and bracelets in plain view. Keep jewelry boxes or trees on the shelf. Get it on Amazon.

Deb Lee is a Certified Professional Organizer® and the founder of D. Allison Lee LLC, a professional organizing company that helps residential and business clients realize their goals of getting organized, increasing productivity, and reducing stress. Deb was recently named the 2010 Professional Organizer of the Year by the National Association of Professional Organizers, Washington D.C. Metro Chapter. Visit her blog, Organize to Revitalize!, for more tips on personal and professional organizing.

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