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Clever Ways to Organize Your Jewelry Box – Pam’s Story

By Calla Gold

For Little Earrings, Pendants and Even Chains, Little Boxes Inside Your Jewelry Box Create Order

For Little Earrings, Pendants and Even Chains, Little Boxes Inside Your Jewelry Box Create Order

How Small, Clear Organizing Boxes Help You Find Your Jewelry

I’ve always loved helping my clients organize their jewelry: We find what’s broken, identify the holes in their collection, and see which pieces they aren’t wearing.

Peek over my shoulder as I share Pam’s story. Hopefully this will help you identify problems and let you work out clever solutions to organize your own jewelry box!

messy pile of jewelry

A Messy Collection Makes it Easy to Lose and Damage Your Jewelry

“Out of Sight, Out of Mind” can Seem Like “Lost”

Pam’s situation wasn’t unique. She had been missing certain pieces for so long that she believed they were missing. “Out of sight, out of mind” was depriving her of some beautiful jewelry choices!

I’d spoken with her about organizing her collection, but always got the response, “Oh, yes! We’ll do that one of these days.”

Locating and Organizing Your Jewelry

My Little Boxes I Organize my Earring Backings in.

My Little Boxes I Organize my Earring Backings in.

“One of these days” became “now” when Pam realized that she needed earring backings. I met with her and pulled out my collection of For Sale earring backings, organized into clear plastic boxes for easy access and identification.

“Forget the backs, I need the boxes!” In the end, she got both!

Pam’s current jewelry box was a mess. The dividers were too large and left her jewelry exposed to the open air, resulting in a tangled pile of dust-covered jewelry. It was not a good system.

Dividing and Conquering Jewelry Chaos

Ear Charms and the Hoops They Go on Can Now be Found in an Instant.

Ear Charms and the Hoops They Go on Can Now be Found in an Instant.

Pam's Pearl Earrings, Pendants and Pins Were Finally all in One Place.

Pam’s Pearl Earrings, Pendants and Pins Were Finally all in One Place.

We pulled out everything, separating chains from pendants, finding single earrings and slowly joining them to their mates.

By the end, all of her “missing” jewelry had been found! We only put a few things in each plastic box so she could see everything at a glance.

Keeping Chains Visible and Untangled

Pam Said, "Not Being Able to See Which Chain or Necklace I Had Made me Forget About Them.

Pam Said, “Not Being Able to See Which Chain or Necklace I Had Made me Forget About Them.”

Since pendants get switched from chain to chain, and we usually have fewer chains than pendants, it’s important to be able to see what we actually have. These little plastic boxes really do a great job of keeping your jewelry visible and accessible.

Big Necklaces, Big Problems

Pam's Necklaces Found a New More Organized Home Outside of Her Jewelry Box

Pam’s Necklaces Found a New, More Organized Home Outside of Her Jewelry Box

One reason for the chaos in her jewelry box was that she had large necklaces which tended to bury her tinier pieces. At Big 5, we found a large clear plastic divider box to put her necklaces in.

Once the necklaces no longer lived in the jewelry box, it was easy to move the tiny plastic boxes in and have her jewelry box organized and free of clutter.

Using Small Clear Boxes Separates Each Item. When You Can See it, You Reach for it. Organize your jewelry box.

Using Small Clear Boxes Separates Each Item. When You Can See it, You Reach for it.

Organize Your Jewelry Box for Your Happiness

Do you have “missing jewelry?” Are you  ready to go jewelry box diving for buried treasure?

Pam said, “I feel like I lost ten pounds doing this – it’s such a relief!” I hear that her closets are next!

Your Organizing Jeweler,
Calla Gold

 

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14 Responses to “Clever Ways to Organize Your Jewelry Box – Pam’s Story”

Lori Cooper January 11th, 2016 at 5:47 pm


What a great, helpful post, Calla. Jewelry storage paralyzes a lot of women and you and your client came up with some smart solutions.

Calla Gold January 11th, 2016 at 6:09 pm


Hello Lori,
It is especially nice to read you contribution here considering that you do personal organizing for people.
Your Personal Jeweler,
Calla

The Goddard Company January 12th, 2016 at 12:07 pm


Wow, this is great information on organizing. Thanks for sharing this, Calla. What a simple solution to such a common problem. Having a bit of a disordered jewelry box is something I know about. Where do you find your tiny storage boxes? I don’t know that I’ve ever come across clear boxes that are so small and seeing them is making me want to take action.

Calla Gold January 13th, 2016 at 6:38 am


Hello Alexandra,
I’m so pleased you got inspired by this jewelry box organizing post. I order these boxes when I get my presentation boxes. You could let me know if you’d like some. I have a minimum order threshold but something tells me I’m going to get more requests.
Your Personal Jeweler,
Calla

Amy Marie Orozco January 18th, 2016 at 11:51 am


Love the clear plastic boxes from Big 5! Being able to see what one has makes things a lot easier. I’m an out-of-sight-out-of-mind person, too.

Calla Gold January 20th, 2016 at 7:50 am


Hello Amy,
Boy, being a visual person creates all kinds of challenges. Some people do all these great files and use them constantly. Some folks have their jewelry hidden away too. Well I like to see it like you. And those necklace clear boxes save me from not wearing my beaded necklaces. And those files that are hidden away, they can get neglected. I have to write my self reminders to find those files. Happily I need no reminders now that I can easily see my jewelry!
Thanks for weighing in.
Your Personal Jeweler,
Calla

Dani Antman January 19th, 2016 at 3:33 pm


Hi Calla,
I loved this post. The organizing boxes have me quite interested. Where do you get the smaller clear boxes?

Calla Gold January 20th, 2016 at 7:37 am


Hello Dani,
At this time I do not know of an online source. I physically go get them at my supplier. I have already send off tiny plastic boxes to some readers of this blog. Let me know by email or phone call if you’d like some. They come in packages of 12 each in each size.
My office number is 805-963-4157. And email is calla@callagold.com
Your Personal Jeweler,
Calla

Patricia Schwartz January 21st, 2016 at 9:30 pm


Great advice, Calla! You really transformed her jewelry box. How long would you say this took you? My jewelry box could use organizing, but I want to set aside the time to do it all in one go!

Calla Gold January 23rd, 2016 at 6:30 pm


Hello Patricia,
I’d say that we spent about an hour and a half all together.
Your Personal Jeweler,
Calla

Dr. Lynn K. Jones January 21st, 2016 at 10:28 pm


Love the advice, Calla! I’ve definitely “lost” jewelry before only to find it tangled up with other pieces!

Calla Gold January 23rd, 2016 at 6:30 pm


Hi Lynn,
I’m happy to know I’m not alone!
Your Personal Jeweler,
Calla Gold

Valerie January 27th, 2016 at 10:33 pm


Such great ideas for jewelry organizing. This is timely and a helpful reminder to organize mine! When I organized my clothes it was really helpful. Even though I got rid of some things I felt like I had more usable clothes afterwards. I don’t think I’ll be getting rid of any jewelry, but I might need a bit of updating!

Calla Gold January 28th, 2016 at 7:11 am


Hello Valerie,
It is interesting that organizing our clothes closet gives us more clothes. I had that same experience. I found a skirt separated from this jacket I wore all the time with other items. I looked at it and said, “where did this come from?” I looked at the label and did a little closet detective work and found the jacket. I’d bought the set to get the jacket. I tried on the skirt and realized that though simple it was a great looking skirt. I’ve been wearing it quite a lot lately and it feels like I went shopping.
When I last organized my jewelry I found 6 chains with pendants I really like. I looked at them and asked myself, “why don’t I wear these more?” I saw the tiny clasps and teeny end rings to hook the clasps to. I had that moment where you realize you’re not taking your own advice.
I constantly put larger clasps on chains and larger rings to hook them to for my clients to make it easier to put them on and take them off. So I up-graded them. Now I can put them on quickly and easily and I’m wearing them. Yay!
It really was fun all the projects I got up to. Thanks for writing Valerie!
Your Personal Jeweler,
Calla

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