Monday, July 26, 2010

Baubles, bangles & beads

Ever since college, I've always loved big, chunky beaded jewelry. I'm kind of limited to necklaces nowadays because I've developed allergies to earrings that aren't real gold or silver, and keyboarding is tough while wearing big bracelets, but whether they're earrings, bracelets or necklaces, one thing is certain: they're always difficult to organize neatly. Traditional jewelry boxes are made for fine pieces; their necklace hooks are small and fragile, and the compartments for bracelets are too shallow. I've tried using plastic boxes with multiple layers, laying down necklaces flat in them, but no matter how carefully they're laid down, they eventually end up getting all tangled up.

I finally found a good solution with the My Closet brand of closet organizers sold in one of our local department stores. Made specifically for clothes, they come in different styles, from coat bags and shoe pockets to under-bed storage bags. The ones I use for my chunky bracelets and necklaces are those advertised as hosiery bags. The twelve-pocket design is perfect for most of my baubles. The pockets are flat and are 3 x 4 inches in size. But for my chunkier-than-usual pieces, only the organizer with six expandable pockets will do—it can accommodate my favorite and very thick multi-strand wooden bead necklace. I also love the fact that the pockets are made of clear plastic; one glance and I know what to reach for.

closet organizers for chunky, beaded jewelry

I like how they keep everything neatly organized, so much so that I've started using them for other things, like brushes and hair accessories. I may never use them for hosiery, but who knows.

17 comments:

Dimple said...

That is a very good idea! I have push pins stuck in my wall that keep my necklaces handy, visible, and untangled.

Reader Wil said...

Very well organized, Hilda! And I say "Amen"to the prayer in your previous post.

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Greenearth said...

What great ways to stay organized.

☺lani☺ said...

As usual, you're very organized!

MinnieRunner said...

I think I need one :)

Gunn said...

smart!:)

Linnea W said...

That's funny! I do the same with my jewelry! It's a great way to store it, isn't it!

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Gypsy Lala said...

An organized life will be a easier life...
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PHOTO RIAU said...

Beaded jewelry is a beautiful chunky

jeannette said...

What a practical idea!

Tash said...

Cool idea! Big is so "in" right now. Nice to have such a great collection.

I think I will use it for odds and ends (matchbooks, coasters, sugar packets, ticket stubs) I pick up when I travel. Now I started putting it in baggies.

flutietootie said...

Nice solution. It is also a plus that the pockets are clear so you can easily find what you are looking for right away.

Gattina said...

That's an excellent idea !
I keep my fashion jewelry in little bowls in a box.

LakewoodDP said...

Great idea! I'm glad you found something that works so well! :D

Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

Neat and wonderful organizer. No entanglements with this aid!