ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Tips for Organizing Jewelry

Updated on March 3, 2013
WebIWeave profile image

I grew up in a small community in Northwest Arkansas. My life is a busy balance of family and friends, work and play, good times and bad.

All right ladies (and some gents), do you have a lot of necklaces and dangle earrings that you would like to organize a little better for easy access? I know I have a lot of necklaces that tend to get tangled in jewelry boxes and my earrings get tangled in the necklaces. Basically every time I have tried to use a jewelry box to organize my jewelry, it always has ended up a big mess. Over the past few years I have tried to find other methods to organize my jewelry and I want to share some of these methods.

Tea Cup Hooks:

I know a lot of rental places will not allow the tenants to do anything like place hooks or nails in the walls because of it leaving holes in the walls. If you live in a place where you are allowed to put holes in the walls, tea cup hooks may be a good organization solution for you. At the time I tried this method, I was renting an apartment and I was not able to put holes in the wall so I had to come up with something. I found a scrap piece of wood that was about an inch thick, a foot across, and about 2 foot tall. I cleaned up the wood, sanded the edges, and painted the board with a can of cheap spray paint. Once the board was cleaned up, I used a ruler to measure and marked spots every inch across the top of the board. Then I moved down about 2 inches and marked spots below every other spot, basically every 2 inches. Again, I moved down about an inch and marked in between the other spots to create a staggered effect. Then I moved down 10 inches and repeated the pattern with one row at an inch apart and 2 rows about 2 inches apart in a staggered pattern.

Once I was done marking my spots, I then screwed in tea cup hooks at every point I marked. I was able to prop the board against the wall at a slight angle (on top of a dresser) which allowed me to hang earrings on the hooks at an inch apart and hang my necklaces on the staggered hooks. For my smaller earrings and rings that would not hang on a hook, I placed them in a plastic sandwich baggie and made a small hole in the bag to hang on the hook. This organization method worked really well until my cats figured out they could remove the jewelry from the hooks.

Cork-board with push pins:

Even though I was not supposed to make holes in the walls of the place I was renting, I decided to try a different method of organization. I bought a cork-board that is used for an office type organization method. I measured an area on the wall the width of the board, about 3 feet wide, and put push pins (thumb tack) where the top corners of the board would sit on the push pins. Once the board was hanging, I placed a small nail in the bottom corners to help hold the board against the wall. I then measured out points like I did with the tea cup hooks, only I used push pins instead of hooks. I was able to hang up my earrings and necklaces out of the reach of my cats.

3m Hooks:

I ended up moving and living in an RV for a couple of years. With space being really limited, I did not have a wall area big enough to put the cork-board and I already knew that the board with tea cup hooks would not work due to my cats. So once again I had to come up with a method to organize my jewelry. After a lot of debating, I decided to try a variety of hooks from 3m since they can be put just about anywhere. I put the hooks on the wall of the shower stall opposite of the shower head, toward the top area of the outside edge where the curtain would cover most of the jewelry. Since I was limited on space, I used fewer hooks and placed multiple necklaces or earrings on each hook. It was during this time period that I came across some small metal buckets that worked much better for storing the small earrings and rings than the plastic baggie.

The only down fall of this method was trying to remove the hooks when I moved out. I know that 3m advertises that their sticky strips are easy to remove by pulling on the bottom tab, but it didn’t work take way. Most of the sticky strip tabs stretched until they broke when I tried removing them. Some of the hooks broke when I tried pulling the “easy remove strips”.

Over-the-door Hooks:

I was hoping to be able to buy some new sticky strips and reuse the 3m hooks, but I had to come up with a different method to organize my jewelry. For over a year, I kept my jewelry in a plastic bag … necklaces, earrings, and rings … all tangled up together in a bag. This was such a horrible way to keep my jewelry. It made it nearly impossible to grab the items I needed without dumping the whole bag. I kept looking for a new way to organize my jewelry and finally come across a method that might work.

The over-the-door hooks are normally used to hang up coats or bathrobes. While at one of the local “dollar” stores, I found some over-the-door hooks on sale. For some reason, I looked at the hooks and I instantly thought of organizing my jewelry. Since the hooks were cheap, I was able to bend one set just enough to hook into the other set, which gave me more room to hang stuff. I probably should have bought more than 2 sets but I wasn’t sure how well it would work. I had to place several necklaces or earrings on each hook but it is still fairly easy to grab what I want to wear. I may have to go back to the “dollar” store and get another hook set or two.

Another option: over-the-door shoe racks.

If you have a large number of jewelry items that you need to organize, you might look into getting a metal over-the-door shoe rack. It may sound strange but you can organize multiple items using an over-the-door shoe rack. Jewelry, hair accessories, scarves, and – yes – shoes.

Another use for an over-the-door shoe rack is to organize towels and wash clothes in a bathroom that has limited storage space.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)