Donning jewelry is like putting on armor. It ties together an outfit, gives you a boost of confidence, and acts as the final finishing piece before you head out to face the world head-on! But all that powerful jewelry has to go somewhere, and without the right organizational system in your custom closet, you might end up with a tangled mess.
By adopting a few strategic tools, you can keep your prized pieces neat and tidy.
- Hooks and Chains
- Industrial Elements
- Vintage Elements
- Minimalist Options
- Jewelry Drawers
- Use Wall Space
Keep reading to learn how to get your jewelry under control in a way that's easy to maintain.
Hooks and Chains
One of the easiest ways to organize your jewelry is with a system of hooks and chains, according to The Spruce. Hooks are excellent places to hang necklaces and bracelets. You can keep them organized by style, color, material, or occasion.
Easily DIY a hook and chain jewelry organization system in your closet with a few simple materials from the hardware or craft store. First, paint or stain a spare piece of wood to your liking. Once that’s completed, affix it to your wall with nails or, for a less permanent option, heavy-duty picture-hanging tape. Install your hooks in the arrangement you like and hang chains between some of them. Overall, organize your jewelry in the way that makes the most sense to you.
Incorporate industrial elements into the plan to highlight the delicate pieces in your collection. Using items like spare pieces of pipe painted in a matching color is a great way to display bracelets and necklaces so they are easily visible but kept tangle-free.
Another good option is to use wire mesh. Whether you frame it with an old picture frame or window frame or leave it bare, it’s an easy way to organize earrings. You could also add wire mesh to a pegboard along with some hooks, ultimately combining two different ideas at the same time.
If your style is more classic, you can lean into the traditional by using vintage elements in your closet to organize your jewelry. Something as simple as a ring dish in a vintage pattern can add a hint of nostalgia and whimsy to your jewelry collection. You could also try using shallow teacups in place of a traditional ring dish for an added layer of romance.
A popular option for those who love older items is to use a vintage or vintage-inspired tiered dish. With the layers, you can categorize your jewelry and have more space than you would with one single dish. If you're looking for the simplest option, use a vintage jewelry box to organize your jewelry. It’ll keep things contained in one location while staying true to your old-school style.
If you have a smaller closet, you’ll want to maximize space as much as possible. One of the easiest ways to accomplish that is to rely on minimalist pieces rather than anything too ornate. Simple lines and neutral colors will offset the chaos that often comes with a collection of jewelry.
One option minimalistic jewelry lovers should consider is a ring cone. Just like it sounds, a ring cone is simply a conical piece, often made from natural materials, stone, or concrete, where you can rest your rings rather than have them in a cluttered mess in a dish. Instead, you’ll have a simple stack of your favorite rings ready to go when you need to accessorize. Plus, ring cones are small enough to fit just about anywhere in your closet.
If you're lucky enough to have drawers in your closet, Closet Solutions & Organizers advises to clear one out and use it as a dedicated jewelry drawer. Aside from jewelry, there are dozens of other accessories to try out when designing custom closets. To learn more, check out What Accessories Are Available for My Customs Closets.
The only downside to a jewelry drawer is that you can’t display your jewelry and see it every day. That being said, you’ll find this keeps your closet looking overall more neat and tidy than it would otherwise.
Don't forget about some of the most prized real estate in your closet, the walls! The obvious answer is to add a pegboard or similar variation. But a more artistic and eye-pleasing way to organize your jewelry is with a wall hanging. One idea is to thrift an old frame, spray paint it your favorite color, and run string or wire across the back. Then, hang your pieces from the lines you made and you’ll have a fabulous piece of wall art that doubles as an organizational tool.
Don’t forget that incorporating natural elements into your wall hanging is a great way to source inexpensive materials, while also adding a touch of warmth to your closet. Grab some old branches and sand off the rough outer bark. Tie string or twine to the ends of the branches. Use them to hang necklaces and bracelets. If you have a few more minutes, screw in some hooks and you’ll have storage for your earrings as well.
If you're looking for a ready-made option, you can always invest in a jewelry cabinet or armoire. There are tons of options on the market, some of which attach directly to the wall and others that are free-standing. In fact, many come with a mirror, so it will serve a dual purpose!
Jewelry can be a powerful addition to any outfit, but storing it can be a challenge. A lack of organization can lead to a tangled mess or a lost earring. Having carefully selected every piece in your collection, it makes more sense to display them in a creative way. When you find the right organizational system for your jewelry, you'll enjoy choosing your pieces each day and your closet will look and feel more functional and spacious.