When we were shopping for our house, one of the things on our "Sure Would Be Nice" list was a walk-in closet in the master bedroom. We didn't HAVE to have one, but a house would have to be stellar in several other ways to make up for it, you know?
Well... in this wonderful, beautiful, blessing of a house, we have a walk-in closet. EACH. I'm in Heaven, y'all. Having a whole closet to myself means that my clothes aren't cramped, which makes getting dressed easier, and I think has resulted in me using the full range of my wardrobe better. It also means that my purses and my jewelry have their own nice, organized spaces in a convenient, but out-of-the-way location!
I spent some time this week unpacking, untangling, re-organizing, and otherwise squaring-away my jewelry collection, and I thought I'd share a little bit about my strategy.
First, I have a whole wall dedicated to accessories. The two walls of racks and shelves were already here when we moved in, and that third wall was already empty, so it seemed perfect. I put the two 2x3 cubby things from my old "cloffice" on the wall to hold my purses and totes... as well as two sections for clothes that need donated or sold, and two that are currently holding some cuff and coil bracelets (until I can find my bracelet holder) and trays of earrings. I use ice cube trays to organize most of my earrings, and I especially love the trays with lids... I got some at the Container Store... $4 seems a little pricey for ice cube trays, but pretty reasonable for jewelry storage! :-)
The top of the cubbies is a great surface for my jewelry trees and my small jewelry box (and my pile of camis... I'm looking for a basket for them). See the little brown jewelry box in front? My niece made that for me for Christmas a couple years ago. <3 Priceless!
These are my jewelry trees... the one on the left is from my mom, and it holds necklaces and bracelets I either wear a lot, or want to remind myself to wear more often ;-) Around the base, I have some pendants that I don't have designated chains for. The other, more tree-like tree, we picked up at CVS of all places. It's perfect for earrings that I like to have within very easy reach. Sad, single earrings and some other doo-dads (like my embellished comb) are hanging out on that base until I can find their mates or make a replacement.
Then, there are the tie/belt racks. These have hung in each of our three homes somewhere... in the apartment, the only place I could figure out was the inside of my closet door! They're just held up by finishing nails, so the weight worries me a little bit. I will probably add another rack right above these soon, and shift my bracelets up to it.
I made the observation on facebook the other day... when you make your own jewelry, it is REALLY easy to become a jewelry hoarder! Some of these pieces, I NEVER wear... I found a tutorial from another designer on how to remove tarnish from silver-plated jewelry. I'm thinking of polishing up a few of these things I never wear and having a Katie's Closet sale. With IVF hopefully in March, every little bit will help ;-)