Step Into Our Jewelry Box

June 29, 2010 at 7:52 pm 8 comments


Full of watches, earrings, necklaces, bangles, rings, brooches (and who knows what else?) jewelry boxes are treasure boxes.  And, as a result, editing their content is a bit more daunting than say editing the contents of a medicine cabinet.  

Jewelry has meaning.  And it’s often meant to endure.  Gifts, generational hand-me-downs, and expensive pieces are especially hard to part with. There’s also fashion jewelery that seems to accumulate exponentially (those inexpensive costume-like pieces that show up on every street corner and in every other boutique).  And because these items take-up little space the need to de-clutter jewelry can seem non-existent.    

But the semi-precious truth is this: these spaces deserve to sparkle! 


Jewelry instantly changes the tone of an outfit and provides opportunities to show-off ones truly unique self.  Wouldn’t it be nice to know your rolling stones are easily accessible and not buried under piles of useless junk?  The frustration of planning an outfit only to discover the absence of a beloved earring is scream worthy. 

Consider these gems: 

*Step out of the box – Find other ways to store and display 

Over the door

On a peg board (a bulletin board also works!)

On a jewelry tree

In a multipurpose closet organizer

In a separate all-inclusive unit (this piece doubles as a full length mirror!)

Flaunt it as art

*Use products designed specifically to separate items 

Drawer organizer

Bead organizer (these can be purchased at the dollar store)

*If you have a mound of necklaces tangled into one piece follow these steps: 

a) Breathe 

b) Lay the necklaces on a flat surface 

c) Use your fingers to identify where the knot is located (if you are untangling delicate jewelry, you can use a straight pin) 

d) Focus on one area of the knot and slowly try to guide the piece you are working on out (this takes time and patience) 

e) If the material of the necklaces allow, you can use a few drops of baby oil to loosen the knot. Using the straight pin at this point is also helpful as it can access very small, tight spaces. 

f) Take note of the frustration and separate or HANG your necklaces from now on! 


* Use vinegar to clean most jewelry (excluding pearls and opals) by soaking the items for 1 hour. This household item can be used for many cleaning situations. 

*Consider melting or modifying existing jewelry to create unique signature pieces.  Jewelry has major sentimental value but what good is it stashed away?  Sell, re-gift, and re-invent and you’re golden.


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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. amanda  |  July 5, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    k, i am in LOVE with that full-length mirror jewellery organizer. wow.

    also loving the writing on your blog! ‘semi-precious truth.’ ‘a) breathe.’ these made me smile. 😀

    thanks for the tips! now off to try to untangle 20 of my necklaces… o_O


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  • 3. Shelly  |  January 28, 2011 at 9:46 am

    Hi! Great blog! Can you please tell me where you found that “jewelry tree” that you have in this post?

    Thank you so much!

  • 5. Danielle  |  February 10, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Where can i get that full length mirror one? I’m in love!

  • 7. Carmen  |  May 2, 2011 at 1:38 am

    Where can I find that fabulous clear drawer organization system for my jewelry? Is it adjustable to fit any drawer?

    • 8. Edit My Closet  |  May 2, 2011 at 8:31 pm

      Clear drawer organization systems can be found at organizing/home stores. We have seen adjustable systems in places like Kitchen Stuff Plus, Solutions and even in Ikea. Good luck and enjoy being able to see and find all of your jewelry in an instant!


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