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Organizing Jewelry So You’ll Actually Wear It

Like most women, I love jewelry and accessories.  

But if you’ve met me in person, you probably wouldn’t think that because I hardly ever wear much jewelry at all.  


Because my system for organizing jewelry has been pretty bad- until I got my jewelry organized differently.  

I couldn’t actually see most of what I owned, so I didn’t wear it!

You’ll Wear More of Your Jewelry if You Can See It

It just makes sense that if your jewelry is not organized so that you can actually see it, you’ll wear more of it.

This post covers both the process of organizing jewelry as well as great jewelry storage solutions!

The Process of Organizing Jewelry

The process start off just like any other organizing project, with removing what you no longer want or need.

This means you’re left with only what you’ll want to wear, and you’ll be able to choose the best storage option knowing exactly how much jewelry you have.


First, time to pare down your collection by decluttering it.

Pull out jewelry that is:

  • Too big or too small
  • Broken
  • Orphaned (single earrings)
  • No longer your style
  • Not something you like
  • Something you won’t wear, but not items that are sentimental (we’ll cover that later)

For broken and orphaned items, consider fixing, repurposing or donating them to The Orphan Earring project.

For all of the other jewelry, sell it or pass it along to friends.

What about Sentimental Jewelry?

So far, we’ve covered what to get rid of, but what should you be keeping? 

Not only should you keep what you wear regularly, but also sentimental jewelry.

But store the sentimental items out of the way and in a separate area from your everyday jewelry pieces.  

It’s easier to find what you’re looking for when you don’t have to sift through jewelry you’re not going to wear.


With your jewelry decluttered, it’s time to sort what’s left.

Getting an accurate picture of what jewelry you have to store is crucial to choosing the right storage system.

You don’t want to get your heart set on a system only to discover that the system can’t accommodate your jewelry collection, or that the system won’t work in your home.

Work to sort your jewelry by type:

  • Rings
  • Bracelets
  • Chunky necklaces
  • Thin or short necklaces
  • Bracelets
  • Post earrings
  • Non-post earrings


With decluttering and sorting done, it’s time to move onto choosing a jewelry storage system.

There are so many different ways to store jewelry.

Whatever system you choose, make sure to leave room for growth!

Now, let’s get into to some of them!

Organize and Display Jewelry by Using it as Art

Take an old printer’s drawer, add a few tiny nails, and hang up pairs of earrings and bracelets.

And voila!

You have practical and pretty jewelry art.


Organizing Jewelry in a Drawer

There are a few options for organizing jewelry in a drawer!

The most important thing to remember about organizing in a drawer is to take full advantage of the drawer depth.

Stack containers to use up that depth if necessary.

Use What You Have on Hand

If you’re organizing on a budget, good news!

Chances are you already have all that you need to get your jewelry organized.

The truth is that there are different products available to help you get organized, but it’s not necessary.


To bring this drawer together, I used only what I had on hand: a sturdy scarf box and two trays from a small jewelry box.

Not very pretty, but it works!

Level Up with Pretty Organizers

If you want to make your jewelry drawer pretty and functional, here are some great options!

Velvet Jewelry Trays Organizer for Drawers,4 Pack Stackable Jewelry Display Trays for Drawer, Jewelry Storage Organizers Earring Necklace Bracelet Ring Holder Organizer,Jewelry Display Tray

These stacking jewelry boxes are lovely.

The crisp ivory will brighten up dark drawers!

Glenor Co Earring Organizer Tray - 4 Stackable Trays with Lid -45 Slot Classic Jewelry Storage Display Case for Drawer or Dresser - Holder for Earring Ring or Necklace - Large Mirror - Black

These square stacking jewelry trays will work on top of a dresser or in a drawer.

Coward Stackable Jewelry Trays Organizer Set with Clear Lid, Trays for Drawer, Earring Necklace Bracelet Ring Display Organizer (beige(ring+12girds+30girds+The glass lid))

As would this stackable jewelry tray set!

byAlegory Acrylic Drawer Earring, Ring Organizer 10 Spaces For Storing Earrings, Rings, Necklaces, Watches, Jewelry - Clear

Acrylic jewelry trays also make a jewelry drawer look sharp.

This jewelry tray has generously sized sections, meaning it’ll be easy to get jewelry out of them.

Jewelry Boxes

Don’t have the drawer space for an in-drawer option?

Use a jewelry box instead!

BEWISHOME Jewelry Box for Women 35 Compartments Jewelry Organizer - 6 Necklace Hooks, 2 Layers - Jewelry Boxes Display Storage Case Jewelry Holder for Girls Grey SSH71H

Don’t need such a big jewelry box?

This grey jewelry box is just right for a small jewelry collection.

Umbra Tesora Jewelry Box

Another good option for small jewelry collections is this two tier stacking box. Dust wouldn’t get into the trays, which is a nice feature.

Umbra Stowit Storage Box

Want an option that doesn’t even look like there’s jewelry inside? Then you have to take a look at how this unassuming wooden jewelry box works.

Display as Decor

For smaller collections, you can use the jewelry itself as decor. Most jewelry looks really pretty displayed, so why not give it a try?

SRIWATANA Jewelry Organizer Stand, Extra Tall Necklace Holder Jewelry Holder (Carbonized Black & Black)

This dresser top jewelry stand accommodates necklaces in a variety of lengths and is a great way to keep everything table free. There’s even a dedicated row for earrings. How perfect for should length earrings!

MORIGEM Jewelry Organizer, 5 Tier Jewelry Stand, Decorative Jewelry Holder Display with White Tray for Necklaces, Bracelets, Earrings & Rings, Dark Gray

How nice is this stand, with room for rings and jewelry that’s worn on the daily to live in the tray at the base?

Umbra Trigem Three Tiered Tabletop Organizer for Necklace, Bracelets and Earrings, 3, White Brass

Not a necklace wearer? Then this shorter bar stand might be just what you need to display bracelets and earrings.

Half Room Branch Jewelry Rack With Rotatable Base and Storage Box Tree Tower Rack Hanging Organizer for Ring Earrings Necklace Bracelet,Suitable for living rooms, bathrooms,offices,etc.

for an entirely different jewelry display aesthetic, check out this jewelry tree.

Umbra Prisma Jewelry Stand and Necklace Holder, Matte Brass

This prism jewelry stand looks pretty with jewelry or not!

Umbra Dachsie Ring Holder

Using a combination of display methods will make it so you don’t have a wall of jewelry to look at. This dachshund ring holder is a cute way to keep rings from getting lost.

Umbra 299118-880 Anigram Bunny Ring Holder for Jewelry, Copper

This bunny ring holder from Umbra is too cute. Looks great without anything on it!

Over to you!

And now you have the steps for organizing jewelry:

  • Declutter
  • Sort
  • Store

Have fun getting your jewelry collection beautifully organized, no matter which storage system you end up choosing! Using your jewelry not only to adorn you, but also to add beauty to your bedroom of closet space is a smart way to prevent clutter since all of your jewelry pieces have a gorgeous and defined home.

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