The storage of my jewellery had been driving me crazy for quite a while when I decided to tackle it. My precious gems were a precious mess!
I had two free standing jewellery organisers that were keeping my necklaces in one spot. However, the stands kept falling over, which meant all the necklaces tumbled to the floor and got all tangled up. I just didn’t have the time to separate and organise them every time that happened. So inevitably, my necklaces stayed tangled. Which of course, was not pretty to look at. They also were getting old before their time & were not getting used. Something had to be done! I had to get the sparkle back into my bit of bling!
I had seen jewellery fabulously organised on Pinterest a few months back and I couldn’t get it out of my head. The only problem was, I didn’t have anywhere in my apartment to try and replicate this idea.
But my subconscious was obviously working on it behind the scenes, because one day it just dawned on me exactly where I could put it!
I had my two necklace stands on top of my shoe cabinet from Ikea. Each side of the cabinet were two perfectly good panels going to waste. Why not hang my jewellery there?!
It really is so important to look all around your home for available space. You have more space in your home than you think!
Now, as you will come to see with this blog, once I get an organising idea into my head it means my lovely boyfriend – who, lucky for me, happens to be a very good handyman – will probably be put to work (stay tuned for a future post on how we organised my shoes) !
So I showed him the side panels of the shoe cabinet, held up a few necklaces & asked him if he thought we could knock a few hooks into it so I could hang up my jewellery!
And so the work began.
First I counted up how many necklaces and bracelets approximately I was looking
to hang up along the panel. It’s always good to know how many items you are dealing with when you’re looking at how you are going to store them. This means you can plan out exactly what space will be required.
Next we hammered some nails in a row, making sure the space between each nail was equal and uniform.
The nails would be replaced later by nicer hooks. But it’s the uniformity that will make for a nice display.
We then took my longest necklace, and hung it on the inserted nail to see how far it fell. At the point where it fell, we added in the second row of nails, safe in the knowledge that if the longest necklace would hang well, then all the necklaces would fit in the display.
We managed to get three rows of six hooks onto the side panel of the cabinet. So at the very least, I would be able to fit 18 necklaces or bracelets in this space. And I would probably be able to double up on some hooks.
Next, I wanted to get nice hooks as the nails weren’t really what I had had in mind.
I managed to find three different types in Woodies that I thought might work. I could probably have got nicer ones, but I was dying to get this little project finished so I could see how it worked.
I tried out each of the three hooks but decided to go with the traditional silver hook. This is what I had had in my mind all along and it was indeed the hook I liked best in the end.
Finally, I got to untangle and hang up all my necklaces and here is how it looks now!
I just LOVE it ! With the clarity of all my necklaces and bracelets on display, and their colours brightening up the cabinet, for me, this is twenty-four carat storage!