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Organize Your Jewelry

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Are you a jewelry hoarder?  Now I don’t mean that you qualify for the TV show “Hoarders” BUT you have a lot and most of it is tucked away, right?  I have to admit that I have lots of jewelry.  I have always been an impulse shopper and as a result, I would see something that went with an outfit and I would buy it.  The problem is that when I got rid of the outfit, I never got rid of the jewelry.

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I have basic pieces that I wear all of the time.  Why?  Mainly because they are hanging on the wall next to my dresser or they are sitting on top of the dresser.

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In my business, I help women (and men) organize their physical space so they can maximize their time; I thought it was time I practiced what I preached.

In an effort to find a necklace that my husband gave me for our first Christmas, 15 years ago, I ended up organizing my jewelry.  I used some tips from Inkwell Press.

Step #1: Gather all your jewelry together.  My work spot was the bed which let me lay out all of my jewelry.

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Step #2: Sort through your jewelry by type (rings, bracelets, necklaces, etc.) and group them together.  I was amazed at how many things I had – some were still in boxes waiting to be worn.

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Step #3 – I will admit that this is the toughest step.  This is where you are going to start purging your collection.  Ask yourself three questions:

  • Do I love it?
  • Is it in style?
  • Will I wear it?

If the answer is no to any of these – then it needs to leave your collection and head to the donation pile.  I will admit there are pieces that hold sentimental value that you don’t want to part with.  If a piece has sentimental value, showcase it rather than keeping it hidden in a box.   How about having it remade into something new or add it to your wearing rotation.  I have some of my special pieces in a corner cabinet in my living room where each family member who has died has their own shelf.  I am thinking about changing it to a shadow box that I can hang on the wall.

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Step #4  Now, it is time to group your pieces by type and store them in a way that allows you to see them. I love the picture frame one that lets you see your organized pieces as you get dressed.  If you see them, you are more likely to wear them!

What is your best tip for keeping your jewelry organized and ready to wear?  Share it with us…

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

 

 

Hope Wissel, Unclutter Your Life

Tips On Organizing Your Closet

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Would’t you like your closet to be neat and organized?  I can remember my mom always talking about “Fall Cleaning”.  This was when we cleaned out the closets and got organized.  They usually didn’t stay that way for long but that was the plan.

The Joyful Organizer is always sharing great tips on getting and staying organized.  I LOVE her goal for the closet – if only it was that easy, right?

The goal of closet organization is simple… Get your clothing, shoes, and accessories in order so that you can get dressed quickly and easily, wearing outfits that you love! 

Here are her top tips for Closet Organization:

  1. Start by trying on everything in your closet. This is tedious, however, it is the only way you will really know what fits, what looks great, and is still in good condition.
  2. Face all of the hangers in your closet in one direction. As you wear items, have them laundered, and return them to your closet, turn them and face them the other way. This is a great way to separate the clothes you wear from the one’s you don’t.  This is a GREAT idea because I always say “of course I wear everything in here”.
  3. Ask yourself the following questions about a garment before deciding to keep it?
    Do I love it?  Is it in good condition?  Does it make me feel great about myself?
    It is in style?  It is comfortable?  Could someone else use it more than me?
  4. Take a look to find any wasted space in your closet, and try to maximize it. Consider adding another hanging bar, or shelves close to the top or bottom of the closet. These changes are quick, inexpensive and can add a lot of space to your closet.  I did this when I moved into the condo because the closet space was small.  It really did help.
  5. An easy way to make a big difference in your closet is to use hangers that are all the same type. This creates a uniform appearance in your closet. The goal is to have all of your garments hanging at one height, on a hanger that is uniform in width. This way you will never lose clothes by not being able to see them.
  6. Use your door space. By adding an organizational tool, like an over the door shoe rack, you can add a significant amount or storage space to your closet. Keep in mind these are also great for scarves, belts, etc.
  7. Just like you would sort through your clothes, its important to sort through your shoes. Shoes that are not worn frequently, such as occasion shoes, can be stored in a small plastic box on a shelf in the closet. This keeps them out of the way and also prevents them from getting dusty and beaten up. Again, ask yourself the questions above in Number 3, and make decisions about what shoes to keep.

Organize your closet how it works for you. Some organizers suggest grouping by genre, other suggest grouping by color, and some by outfit. It’s not important how to group items, just make sure it works for you.

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Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!