The Best Way to Organize Your Jewelry

Jewelry Ogranization

Over the last decade, I have been in thousands of women’s closets. Crazy, right? While they have all been unique to the women who own them, they also showcase our similarities. I have never stepped foot in a “Pinterest” worthy closet. No matter who the client, their position in life, career, where they live or what kind of house they own, all of the closets of the women I have been fortunate to work with have been, well, basic. Just an everyday closet. No chandelier, marble topped island, or perfectly color coordinated neatly stacked sweaters. I always found it comforting to know that even women who I assume have it all together, dare I say “perfect,” are just doing the best they can with what they have.

The other thing I learned? We could all benefit from a little more organization, especially when it comes to jewelry. If you can’t see your jewelry, you won’t wear it. The good news is that this doesn’t have to be a massive undertaking. No matter the size or style of or closet, there are some easy and affordable ways to showcase and streamline your accessories. Today we are featuring our favorite affordable products to get your jewelry out front and center, so you remember to put it on before you head out the door.

Because I wear necklaces almost every day, I hang them on the wall in my closet with these small 3M hooks. (I also use these to hang the few belts I own.) For more delicate, easily to tangle necklaces and chains, I like these stackable trays. 

Additionally, I keep a valet on a shelf in my closet for my daily pieces.  If you have items you wear day-in and day-out, consider putting them in the same place everyday.  You’ll never misplace them again.  Finally, I use bracelet stands (similar to these) that allow me to see what I have in an instant.  I have used this simple system for the past three years and it’s absolutely made getting dressed, packing, or unpacking for a trip a breeze.

If you don’t have exposed shelving in your closet like I do, think about using the top drawer of a dresser.  I like these trays that stack so you can see everything in a glance.  You can also use old jewelry gift boxes you might have laying around to organize – just take the lids off.  One of the biggest time wasters I see is storing individual pieces in boxes.  You spend so much time going through each box; it’s much simpler to have everything visible.

I’m not a huge fan of traditional jewelry boxes, especially if you have a large collection of pieces.  Things end up in a big tangled mess.  The one exception are the stand jewelry boxes that often come with a full length mirror.  In our old home I was painfully short on closet space (and space in general).  I purchased this jewelry armoire and LOVED it.  I had it for years and gave it to a friend before right before we moved.

Before you do anything, go through your accessories and only keep what you love. THEN, purchase for you what you have left.  Consider the space you have, think about how you live, how you get dressed, and make choices that work for you and your life.

Tell us how your best tips for organizing your jewelry! 

Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

  1. Great post! Reminds me that I need help with a collection of scarves! Ugh…they are beautiful and are my signature piece, so people give them to me, adding to my lifetime collection. I’m guessing I have about 50 scarves – really nice silk, a lot of less expensive polyester, chunky, summery, long rectangles, small squares, and a couple of special occasion. Right now, they are in the top dresser drawer and spilled over onto an upholstered chair back. I live in an old house with not enough closet space. :-\ Thanks! –Amy

  2. Love this post and I bought one of those standing mirror armoire when you blogged about it and it makes getting ready to easy and I wear ALL my Jewllery now because I can see it and I also donated a lot of pieces I didn’t wear so that now I only have what I love.

  3. Megan-
    Seriously considering the armoire….
    Any tips on traveling with jewelry? Any must-have pieces? How to store for travel?
    Thank you

  4. I LOVE those stacking trays. I have them in the top drawer of my dresser. I have been wishing for this mirror armoire for a long time: It’s very similar to the mirror you showed, which makes me feel like I’m on the right track with thinking it will be a good investment! I think maybe this might be the year I treat myself (and my jewelry)

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