Wednesday, September 14, 2011

My Jewelry Storage

I've always loved coming up with different storage solutions; as a little girl, I had a whole collection of various size and shape boxes I used to store my trinkets (and then, piles upon piles of mess on the floor that my mum would go mad about). I enjoy looking at storage ideas on other blogs, so I thought that maybe you'd like to see how I store my jewelry - before I pluck up the courage to show you my whole vanity table/ dresser.

Here's a sneak peek at my vanity; I'm sorry the photos turned out a bit dark, but I guess that's a common problem in apartments in the Seattle area! The dresser is from Ikea Malm range in the birch veneer finish, the same as the rest of our bedroom furniture. The desk also comes with a glass top, but I didn't like the look of it, so bare wood it is. As you can see, I have the bulk of my jewelry in the shallow vanity drawer.

I hang some of the dangly/tangly necklaces and bangles on the cork pin board above my vanity. You can't see it in the photo, but the board has a white dandelions design that is pretty enough to make me feel sorry about covering it with my cards and photos. I got it at the Container Store about a year ago.

Above are two views of my jewelry drawer from opposing ends. In one end, I keep all of my eyeshadow palettes (see the stack of black palettes on the left in the first photo?), then two transparent acrylic containers filled with necklaces and earrings, a drawer organizer box with bangles and bracelets, pins, hair clips and head bands, and some travel make-up bags and brush cases (top of the second photo). All containers/organizers are from the Container Store.

This is the bigger acrylic container where I keep chunky statement necklaces, glass beads and earrings. I don't have enough space to keep everything laid out so most of my necklaces are layered on top of one another, but I can more or less remember where I keep specific pieces.

This is the smaller container where I keep silver and gold earrings and necklaces (umm, and empty eyeshadow pans for pressing?!), pearls and semi-precious stone bead necklaces. This is probably my most worn jewelry, most days I opt for delicate chain necklaces.

I keep my stud earrings in this small box. I try to pin pairs together so that they're easier to find in the morning. I wear these a lot having short hair now. Dangly earrings with short hair are a big statement!

Lastly, this is the drawer organizer with my bangles and hair accessories. My drawer being very shallow and opening only half way, this box is a bit difficult to access, but I also don't reach for most of these pieces very often - I'm having some trouble trying to figure out how to wear head bands with my current haircut.

And that's it! I also keep my more expensive jewelry in their respective boxes at the back of the drawer. I hope you liked this little tour of my jewelry drawer :) How do you store your jewelry and accessories?


  1. I organized all my necklaces and earrings once I bought a very handy wall display thing at a 'one of a kind show'; so they are all in one place. When it comes to bracelets and rings, random containers and bowls in the bedroom. Most worn pieces on a little fragile plate in the washroom (it's where I take them off when getting ready for bed)... but I should probably find a less accident prone place for them... :)

  2. @Lucy: I'm guilty of just dropping my jewelry on the bathroom counter at night and never moving it from there... I love wall displays, so easy to see where everything is.

  3. I used to have a ton of earrings (hanged on a wire-web type of pen holder) but they just ended up disheartening one by one, like how my hair ties usually just get into nowhere after a while. Now I keep them (little jade pieces, for some strange reasons I never lost those) in a little pouch (I am building my collection slowly and I prefer to keep them like stamps, instead of accessories) and take them out and play with them once in a while...

  4. Droppinh jewelry on the bathroom counter sounds so familiar, in fact I always find my earrings in most bizarre places :).
    I keep all my earrings in a little box I bought in empik and necklaces are just laying around. I don't wear rings, so no problem with stocking those.

  5. @Citrine: I had a picture frame with little ropes to hang my dangly earrings on made by a friend, but I don't wear these that much anymore so stopped using that. I love looking at your jade pieces on your blog!

    @Annathea: So true, I lost a whole bunch by putting them in my handbags. I wear rings but never take them off, so no problem here either!

  6. Oh...why did I type disheartening, I just meant disappearing. I swear my hands have a mind on their own or it was the stupid firefox auto-correct.

  7. so amazingly tidy and clean, you put me to shame! One of my goals for this weekend is to try and organise something in my room. Your little storage trays are a great idea for jewellery xox