Are you a jewelry aficionado? A 2017 report from statista.com reveals that at least 30.49 million Americans said that they bought at least one piece of fine jewelry in 12 months. At least 37.73 million people claimed they purchased at least one piece of costume jewelry in the same time span.
A little bit of classy jewelry goes a long way to make an outfit complete. While you may enjoy collecting your bling, keeping it organized can be a nightmare. Do you spend too much time in the morning trying to find your favorite pair of earrings among all the glitter? Here are five tips to get your jewelry organized:
1. How To Downsize Your Jewelry
You are only one person, and may not need all the jewelry you have. If your jewelry box is too crowded and you cannot find anything, then it is time to do some serious sorting. As you go through your collection, make four piles: Keep, Sell, Donate, and Upcycle. Be diligent and keep only those pieces that you love.
The fine jewelry that you no longer wear can be sold. Consider selling broken pieces as scrap gold or silver. Thrift stores and other charitable organizations take donations of fine or costume jewelry, recommends givingcenter.org. Others benefit from your generosity, and you can have a charitable tax write-off. Upcycle broken beads and bangles to create new pieces, or use them for crafts.
2. Convenient Jewelry Storage
Forget those small jewelry boxes that you had as a little girl. Invest in a quality jewelry storage unit with multiple compartments of various sizes. The drawers and compartments should be lined with acid-free material or velvet to prevent scratching your fine jewelry, and they should have clear lids for quick identification. Consider hanging racks to keep your bracelets and necklaces from becoming a tangled nightmare.
3. Putting Like Pieces Together
Organize your jewelry by group: earrings, necklaces, bracelets, etc. Each compartment in your jewelry storage unit should be dedicated to one type. At a glance, you see what you have in each category, and getting dressed up will take less time.
4. Keep Your Favorites Close
Do you have certain pieces that you wear consistently? Place them in a compartment that is right in front for easy reach. Those pieces that you only wear for special occasions could be stored in lower drawers.
5. Lock Up Heirlooms And Valuable Jewelry
While you may not own the Richard Burton diamond, you still may have jewelry that is sentimental or valuable. A locked safe would be the best place for your valuable jewelry, right? Probably not, warns bmjnyc.com. While a home safe is more secure than a jewelry box, criminals may force you to open it at gunpoint, or steal safe and all. The best storage for your valuable and heirloom jewelry is a bank’s safety deposit box.
When you keep your jewelry organized, getting dressed will be a snap. By sorting out what you no longer wear, organizing, and storing your jewelry properly, it will continue to accent your style. That is what beautiful jewelry is all about!