If you’ve got more than a few pieces of jewelry, you may be facing challenges on how to store all of it. As with many organizing challenges, there are many possible answers. To help determine what is right for you, here are some questions to ask yourself:
- What kinds of jewelry do I have — rings, earrings, necklaces, cuff links, etc.?
- How many pieces do I have of each type? Are they all pieces I want to keep?
- Do I want to store frequently-worn pieces differently than special-occasion items?
- Is there another way I’d like to categorize my jewelry items as I go to store them? (By set? By when I wear them?)
- Am I a visual person who wants my jewelry out in clear sight?
- Alternatively, do I want my jewelry put away where it doesn’t accumulate any dust?
- Do I want my jewelry hidden to prevent theft?
- Do I need to protect any of my jewelry from children’s hands or from pets?
- What kind of space do I have available for storing my jewelry?
- Do I have the interest, time, and skills to pursue a do-it-yourself option?
Once you’ve pondered these questions and come up with your answers, you can look at the many types of storage available for your jewelry. The following are just some of the many options:
Jewelry boxes, valets and armoires
The selection here is huge; there’s something for every taste and every budget. You can even find specialized boxes for cuff links or watches. And if you don’t like any of the conventional jewelry boxes, you could turn a toolbox into a jewelry box, like Dhiraj D’Souza and Erin have done.
Jewelry trays, for a dresser drawer
You could use everyday products such as ice cube trays or egg cartons as jewelry trays. Or you could get trays intended for jewelry, such as the ones from Axis.
This can be as simple as nails in the wall that are used to hang necklaces or decorative hooks or a wall-mounted coat rack. Or, you could get one of the many specialty products available, including wall-mounted earring holders. You could go the do-it-yourself route, too, and create your own earring holders (or other jewelry storage pieces), like this, this or this.
Longstem makes an over-the-door jewelry organizer designed to hold earrings, bracelets, watches, rings, pins, and necklaces. You can also find over-the-door jewelry armoires.
Hanging storage for the closet
Having had jewelry stolen from my home years ago, I empathize with the desire to keep your jewelry — or at least some selected pieces — safe from intruders. I have a few pieces squirreled away in hiding places, myself; but if you do this, be sure you’ll be able to remember where you hid it!
The other alternative is to use a product designed to hide your jewelry; there are a number of options, with differing degrees of security. You could use a locking jewelry cabinet hidden behind a mirror — either wall-mounted or free-standing. You could use a jewelry safe. You could create your own hidden jewelry box behind a painting. And if you’re installing a closet system, you may be able to get a hidden toe-kick jewelry drawer.
So understand your style and your needs and then think creatively about what storage would work best for your particular situation.