How I store my own jewelry

How I store my own jewelry

Trio of jewelry storage boxes

As someone who designs jewelry for a living, you’d think that I would wear a new design every day and basically drape myself with jewels, yes? Well no. I’m sure way more people are like I am and neglect themselves in the very area that we work…the whole cobblers kid has no shoes type story. The reality of it is that not only do I wear the same necklaces over and over, but I have been wearing the same ones for years…as in like 10 years for some pieces!  Since I’m admitting things, I’ll also come clean and share that for the most part, I have “stored” them…loose use of the term there…in a pile on my dresser. Yeah.

jewelry storage box

Before the last move, I cleaned out my personal stash (I do this often, but not very well) and made myself remove  most of the pieces that I no longer have available at manictrout.com. I also shopped my own studio and made sure to add pieces from newer collections. Although this was in July, so I am already behind again as I wear nothing from the newest collection and that is stupid, because it is awesome. Well with this recent move, I also said farewell to my dresser as in the past few moves it started to fall apart a bit. Sorry antique dresser for moving you a bajillion times in the past decade, you were so very pretty.

jewelry storage box

Anyway, I knew I was going to put that black shelf thing that you see above which had been by the front door in the last house, the bathroom in my first Austin apartment, and bought for my office in my last NY apartment in the bedroom. I’m still trying to figure out the closet and accessories system here, so it’s kind of empty and sad still, but I’m getting there. I knew I wanted the box that my great grandmother painted which holds all of my makeup and my awesome storage method, aka piles of jewelry on trays to go on top of it, but alas, there was only room for the box. Cue missing the dresser which was much larger than I had realized, but broken so I’m trying to move on…and by moving on I mean figuring out a new method for storing jewelry.

jewelry storage box

I remembered that I had three boxes that I bought at TJ Maxx a year of so ago that I ended up taking the doors off of and using for a display at Style X.  I had always thought in the back of my mind that once the show was over, that I could use them in the bedroom for jewelry so I dug them out. I screwed the doors back on, wiped them down and and as they already were fitted to hang on the wall, I just had to tap a few nails in the wall and hang them up and stick the jewelry in them. It was almost as easy as plunking it all down on trays and much better as I never have to untangle anything anymore.

jewelry storage in the bedroom

I was going to make them all pretty inside for the photos, but I thought it only fair that I show you how I actually use them and I honestly have tried to “style” these boxes many, many times…but really, the only way to actually use effectively them is to hang one necklace on each hook. Even though it not as pretty as draping the big statement pieces over a few hooks, it’s not really practical. At first, I was going to put the earrings and bracelets on small trays next to the make up box, but one of the best parts of these boxes is that they keep everything dust free, so I just stuck them all on the bottom shelf of each box. The whole system works pretty well for me and beyond everything being organized…it seems that by seeing the jewelry at eye level it makes a difference in my actually wearing more of it, an unexpected bonus!

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