Monday, September 26, 2011

How to Organize Necklaces

I have a LOT of jewelry.  It's kind of fun, but I don't wear it near as much as I should.  It's been stuck away in boxes and bags for as long as I can remember!  Even when I use a pretty jewelry box, and stick it right on the dresser, it's so hard to remember to pull out a necklace, or take the time to open every individual jewelers box inside to find a particular ring or bracelet.

Jewelry Rack

OCD much?  I organized every necklace- reds, pearls, silver colored, beaded, silver chains with pendants, multi-colored, copper-colored, blue, and plain gold chains.  I'm looking at these...and with the exception of one necklace I made, one I purchased in Majorica (an island off the coast of Spain, go ahead and hate me) 98% of what I see either belonged to my mother or a grandmother!  I just love looking at these, there are so many memories mixed up in these pieces.

The red beaded necklace on the far left was my grandmother's.  It was a gift to her from her school teacher- she and her teacher both left rural Alabama together, to find jobs in Virginia.  They weren't so very far apart in age!  I can't imagine what it was like for Grandma to leave- nobody ever had, far as I know.  Another sister later moved away to California, but she's back down there now.  Grandma Mary and her teacher stayed friends- her teacher picked this up for Grandma during a trip to the Grand Canyon.

The blue necklace on the right was also Grandma's.  My mom told me, when I got this for Christmas one year, that she used to sneak into her mother's room and hold this up against her forehead and pretend she was a princess.  (And my mom is totally reading this, so I hope I got that story right!!)

I used a belt hanger to organize everything- it hangs nicely from a hook in my closet.  I love it!  I love seeing everything, and I love that they never get tangled any more.

How do you organize your jewelry?

4 comments:

Aunt LoLo said...

I have this drawer...and everything is coiled up in there. haha

Su said...

So very pretty! I have mine on a jewelry tree

Alexandra said...

I have this same rack for my necklaces! I think it's for belts, but works great for necklaces. Are the pearls from Majorica? Because I have some from there as well!

Julie said...

Mine are hung on those 3M hooks all over my wall. >_<