Wednesday, May 23, 2012

DIY Necklace Organizer

I have been on the lookout for a great way to organize my jewelry, especially my necklaces.  I used to have them in a few boxes in the closet and every time I wanted to get one, I'd have to rummage through my boxes to find the right one.  I would eventually get too lazy and just pick the top necklace from the first box and completely forget what other pieces I had.  I eventually purchased a larger jewelry box to put everything I had in one place, but it was still hard to see all the necklaces at once.

I am not the kind of person to display my jewelry.  For one, I don't have the space (small apartment remember), and I also don't like people seeing what I have.  I feel jewelry is best kept secret.  I remember my grandmother always kept her jewelry put away in their original boxes, in a safe place in her house.  She only kept a few pieces that she wore all the time out on her dresser.  She told me that jewelry will last longer and stay cleaner (especially costume jewelry) if you kept it away from the elements, such as the sun and air.  So, another reason why I like to keep my jewelry hidden away.

So, I had to come up with a way to organize my necklaces so that they were both protected and I could see all that I had (making life easier when I come to find the right piece).

 I had an large, long card box that seemed to be the right fit to display all the necklaces and was also thin enough that it could be slid under my dresser away from sight.  Of course, the top cover has writing all over it (which I hate), but the inside is just perfect.  When I get around to it, i'll have to decoupage the box to make it more fitting as a jewelry box.

  I bought some white cotton filler from JoAnn Fabrics (the kind you find in gift boxes).  I needed something to help hold the necklaces in place and to also remove some depth from the box. 

I cut them to size...

 Now to fill!

Now I can see everything all at once and I know what I have. 

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