07 June 2010

buried treasure

this weekend i took all my pent-up energy and raided my closet while benji was napping and dan was biking. i gave away everything i never wear. i breathed new life into the stuff that i thought couldn't work. i made breathing space between my hangers. i stumbled upon cute white linen pants that are completely non-practical but maybe perfect for something this summer. and i realize i never wear red. the exception being red shoes. i felt fifteen again with my whole closet contents in categorized heaps on my bed. boy does it feel good to promise myself i'll never be a slob again. and it's wonderful to have nieces to save the oh, this is too cute to get rid of items for. (it helps knowing my best-of-this-decade clothes are going to a good home.) they can even toss it if they want to and i can make-believe they are wearing it to soccer camp; we're all the happier.

i discovered a few pretty pieces of jewelry while unearthing dusty makeup brushes, itty vials of perfume and clinique samples ripped from magazines in a forgotten dresser drawer. i've always been a minimalist for accessories but have a newfound love for the way they can put a fancy twist on my mama wardrobe of jeans and cardigans. i want to revive my jewelry collection. so now i have four or five assorted jewelry boxes spilling their contents on my dining room table ready for serious sorting. do tell, how do you store your jewelry? and what about hair accessories? not that i have many, but my headbands are always just hanging out. i'd love to hear your accessory suggestions.

sweet diy storage solution via apartment therapy.


coming up this week..
my sister's famous soft gingersnap recipe to love.
a few motivation for mothers articles to inspire.
an alice in wonderland birthday party to amaze.

19 comments:

Alexandra Rae said...

Go you for organizing your jewelry! And your whole closet! I did that last weekend, and if feels so great. Even though the rest of my room is a disaster, my closet looks GREAT.

To organized my jewlery, I use hanging organizers from Bed Bath and Beyond. I have 2, and they are AMAZING.
http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?order_num=-1&SKU=14603565

Andrea said...

Great job! I have that task ahead of me for this week. So daunting but SOOO satisfying. For jewelry, I used an old wooden frame and some screen. I staplegun-ed the screen to the back of the frame and attached a ribbon to the top for hanging. Voila! Earring storage :-)

Feather said...

i wear the same necklace day in and day out. never take it off, like the rings on my fingers. that's all i wear. period. however, i have a massive collection of jewelry and accessories! ridiculous. and sadly, they are all stored in a basket, piled upon each other with no regard for getting tangles and knots. and gathering dust.

Hannah said...

I'm in the process of making one of these:
http://lostbuttonstudio.blogspot.com/2009/11/our-new-etsy-shop.html

I have a closet organizer like the first commenter showed. I like it, but I never end up wearing jewelry because it is all out-of-sight. I need my stuff to be on display or I forget about it.

Christine said...

it feels so awesome to get rid of things and organize, doesn't it?

my jewelry is not organized at all, but i think this month's issue of Real Simple has a whole feature on organizing strategies for left- and right-brained people!

Jeanette said...

The jewelry I sell, both the vintage and the pieces I make, are all very organized - in containers and hanging on rods in my studio. My PERSONAL jewelry is a mess. Some in my jewelry box, some on my dresser, a few pieces on my desk and yet more by my bedside. Business = organized. Personal = chaos.

Hil said...

Oh my heavens. I can't even tell you how excited I am for that ginger snap recipe. I have been dreaming of them ever since you dropped them off at my doorstep. This is going to be a very dangerous recipe for me to have...

Yay for organization! I'm pretty sure that no matter how many clothes I throw out, I will never have space between my hangers. The woes of living in an apartment with only one tiny closet to SHARE with the hubs. :)

Jill said...

did the same thing recently...feels so liberating!

i also picked up some good jewelry cleaner and polish and cleaned all the pieces i haven't worn in like forever. they look brand new and i feel as though i just went shopping {in my own closet}.

Phoenix Peacock said...

a cute way to show off a collection of earing is an old up-cycled window storm panel. Or an old wash wrack, hung up on the wall.

Travelin'Oma said...

I have little nails lining a cupboard where I hang necklaces. I got a fishing tackle box and took out the two little cubby hole trays, and I use them for earrings, bracelets and watches. A pretty lace collar hangs on my bedroom wall, displaying my broaches. I can enjoy my bling even when I'm not wearing it!

Hillary said...

For bangles - I just found a great tip - a simple Paper Towel holder - I bought a plain wooden one from target - nothing more than a dowel on a base. . .and I stack all my bracelets on it - I can see them all =)

Hillary

Catherine Williams Photography said...

I have zero good solutions for jewelry - let me know when you decide on one. As for headbands, I have about a million and I store them just like they do at J.Crew - around the edge of a tall glass vase. Then I put scarves and stuff like that inside the vase. It works great and then I feel like I'm shopping every time I choose one out! It takes up a bit of counter space, but it doubles as a cute visual, too. P.S. You can send me any of your old clothes :)

Carmie, the Single Nester said...

I have two blog posts on my blog showing how I transformed an old picture frame into a necklace organizer - and a piece of art that I love looking at every day!

hoopty doopty said...

Less is more, no?
I have been ridding, it seems endless, of things and I finally feel like I'm almost there, finally! I had way too much of everything and it's pointless if you can't enjoy what you do have.
I've also downsized the jewelry as well but I have a wee hanging thing for my necklaces but it's not up in my current closet. Thanks for sharing this because now I want to get it back up and maybe even a different one like the one in the photo.
I own jewelry boxes which are good for some things but if you don't see it (unless you are opening yours everyday) I think all the lovlies tend to sit in there and get ignored and then never worn. I like the idea of being able to see your things. I think the visual helps you to remember to wear them and enjoy them.

Sarah said...

I love purging. I am planning on a big purge before we move in a month or so. less to pack you know.

Katherine said...

It is so sad, but I store my best jewelry in a ceramic container that is so pretty I can't help but use it - even if it does leave my necklaces in a tangle.

dogwoodandpoppy said...

Oh, storing jewelry is so difficult! If I don't have it out where I can see it, I forget what I have. So I created my own jewelry board out of a frame, foam core, fabric and some doodads. Check out my tutorial at the cosa verde blog:
http://cosaverde.com/blog/2010/apr/20/make-your-own-upcycled-jewelry-display-board/
Now I have no more tangles with my delicate necklaces and it's easy to see what goes together.

-Amy

ps - love your blog; it's a daily read!

summer said...

think i just figured out what needs to be done as i pack my closet for camp..

i can't even imagine how good it feels! 'organized' goes hand in hand with 'happy' in my world. i would be opening my closet door constantly just to see it all again.

enjoy those cute linen pants!

Beverly said...

Just love the mini books! As to storing jewelry, I am one of those out-of-sight means out-of-mind so my husband bought me these wonderful wooden earring holders - one is tall and the other wide (they can also be adapted to stand up). They are wonderful and I truly only put those earrings that I wear, have some older earrings and some of my mother's for remembrance in a stored box. I put my fav necklaces, bracelets and watches in the top drawer of my bedside table (which is really an apothecary chest replica) in large, corregated egg cartons, an idea I "stole" from my cousin, Madeline. This is really a neat idea and if needed the cartons can stack...

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