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How to Unclutter Your Jewelry Box

Updated on October 24, 2016

This Is What I Learned When Decluttering

Is your jewelry box a tangled, jumbled mess? Do you have trouble finding pieces that you want to wear? Do you actually have such a cluttered jewelry box that you have given up wearing jewelry?

This is what happened to me! I had a collection that kept building throughout the years to the point of overflowing. For about 5 years I rarely wore any jewelry because I couldn't find certain pieces; and, recently I decided to do something about it. I had a few problems along the way, so I would like to share this with you so that you can benefit from my mistakes and successes!

(All photos by SharpLee on HubPages.)

Helpful Cat (Not)
Helpful Cat (Not)

How to Begin

I suggest to first empty out the contents of your box onto an extra table, out of the reach of children and pets, and where you can leave everything if you are unable to finish decluttering and organizing that day. I emptied mine out on the carpet, then couldn't finish that day and had to pick it all up because the grandchildren were coming the next day. I also had my cat come and sit in the middle of everything!

Tangled Mess
Tangled Mess

Separate Items into Categories

After emptying the box, vacuum out or wipe out the box while it is empty.

Now you can separate all the items into different piles: broken jewelry, tangled jewelry, necklaces, bracelets, rings, brooches, items that don't belong, and trash. Yes, I actually found trash: old receipts, papers, string, old rubber bands!

Items that don't belong, for example, paper clips, buttons, glasses, coins, can be put in their own place such as paper clips in a desk, buttons with sewing supplies, coins in a change purse.

Tangled items can be set aside to work on later when you have time. Try using two needles to carefully separate small delicate necklaces that are knotted.

Broken Jewelry
Broken Jewelry

Repair, Donate, Throw Out, or Sell

Broken jewelry can be repaired, thrown out, or sold for points on, a trading site, that has a lot of crafters that would use the beads. No longer wanted baubles can be donated to charity or sold on Ebay.

I sold my high school and college rings at a store that buys gold. They were 10K gold. I also sold a silver chain at the same store. Warning: Do not sell if you are sentimental about them because you may regret it later!

Items that are special but no longer worn can be saved for children or grandchildren in another box.

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Other Ways to Organize Your Accessories

Large heavy necklaces can be hung on the outfit's coat hanger. I hung my kukui seed necklace with my Polynesian dress. Some brooches can be kept pinned to vests, sweaters, or blazers.

Too many necklaces, rings, or earrings can also be hung on jewelry trees, over the door and closet organizers, or put into trays in dresser drawers.

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An Organized Jewelry Box!

Organized Jewelry Box
Organized Jewelry Box

Now you should be able to put the rest of your favorite items back into your cleaned jewelry box in the various compartments, grouping in categories such as necklaces, rings, earrings, and bracelets, so that they can be easily retrieved!

Here is a photo of my improved and organized box. I am so delighted that I can now find what I want to wear and can see my favorite pieces!

In the long run, this will save me time and make "getting ready for the day" more efficient! I hope I have inspired you to organize your accessories!

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      SharpLee 5 years ago

      @Virginia Allain: Great idea! Thanks for sharing!

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Good project for a rainy day. You've explained the process well. I've seen those ring holders that look like a hand.

      I covered a cork board with small print fabric and use pushpins to drape my necklaces over, letting them hang down. The necklace board is hung on the wall of my walk-in closet. I can easily scan over the selection when looking for one to match my outfit.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very good way to organize the jewelry. It can be frustrating to find fine chains tangled up and stuff like that. I don't wear my jewelry too often anymore, because I work at home and don't need it. :)

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      I've given a lot of my pieces away, but still have broken items I haven't thrown out yet.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have jewelry I know I will never wear, but I have daughters and a granddaughter that I want to send the stuff too, or better yet, give to if I can ever get them to travel to California (they are in New Zealand). Keeping it organized can be a task, but that is where a jewelry armoire comes in handy.

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      When I organized my jewelry last year we realized our housekeeper had been stealing gold. She didn't take anything from the hanging jewelry organizer, which I had rolled up in the closet. I kept my other jewelry in a series of small boxes, but if I had kept it all in one large box the thefts would have been caught sooner.

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      eridqua 5 years ago

      I think I need to get rid of old jewelry that I don't wear anymore. That will help as I organize. I have 3 jewelry boxes full of jewelry but I only wear a fraction of the pieces I own!

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      JJNW 5 years ago from USA

      You have some great ideas here. Very smart to keep the sorting on a table, away from little hands and paws.

      I am soooooo happy to give my very dear squid C-Sharp an official ***SquidAngel Blessing*** - a little boost in rank for an awesome lens! So proud of you!!!

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      Mandy Stradley 5 years ago

      Thank you! My Jewelry is mostly in a tangled mess! I like the idea of using a needle to undo knots. For some of my bigger necklaces I put them on push-pin in my wall, but I can now put them on the hangar in the closet!