Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Holy Statement Necklace!

Hello, lovely lady friends! I thought I would take a minute and share my system for organizing accessories. As you've probably noticed (or not), my clothing style tends toward the minimal. I rarely (like pretty much never) wear prints and tend to keep to the simple and basic. But when it comes to accessorizing, I go a little nuts. I adore jewelry and scarves and shoes and bags. Love them. The bliss that the perfect statement necklace brings to my soul is scary, y'all. Needless to say, I have a ton of the things (statement necklaces). And scarves. And earrings. And tights. And.... well you get the picture. So, what's a thrifty lady to do with all these lovelies, you ask? (Well, maybe you didn't, but you should.)
This. This is what you do with a million and one beautiful things. Ahhh. There is such satisfaction to be found in looking at an organized space that is both pretty and useful. It makes me happy. (I know, I'm easy to please.) So, what you see here, my dears is my Accessories Central. (Well part of it, anyway. Bags and shoes and belts are elsewhere.)
This is my collection of statement necklaces. In keeping with the theme of my blog (Cheap, y'all, it has to be cheap!) I'll let you in on a little secret. Actually two secrets. None of those pretties cost over $10. Also, they are hanging on a belt rack purchased at Walmart for about $4 and screwed into the wall by yours truly. I suppose you could also do individual hooks, but I like for each necklace to have it's own home.
Moving right along, now. The drawers hold tights, hose (gasp, I know, who wears hose anymore?), and socks. I got it on sale for under $5 several years ago and it has been happily corralling my leg and foot wear ever since. The two ivy covered boxes are the final remnant of an organization project from my high school days. They are ordinary shoe boxes covered in contact paper. There used to be dozens of them, but these are all that remain. Considering their advanced age, I think they are in pretty good shape. They hold wallets and little zipper purse bags.
Until recently my giant, dangly earrings resided in my jewelry armoire along with the rest of my earrings and were generally tangled and difficult to see and crowded. I pinned several cool earring display/storage projects, but didn't have the funds to do any of them. Then while sorting for a garage sale I ran across these two mesh baskets. The silver one came with a gift from Bath and Body Works, I think, and the gold star had ivy in it for years. I think it was a wedding gift. They don't match, but they work and make me happy. So there.
Next up we have a plastic bin from the dollar store that holds my scarves. Not the best solution, but one that works for now. The two silver trays came from the Target dollar aisle and hold my bangle bracelets. And finally the two flowered boxes were on clearance at Ross or Marshalls or something. They have all those mini things that go in purses. Compacts, mini notepads and pens, tissues, sewing kits, a tiny lint roller and purse sized static guard, you know various cool stuff like that.

And there you have it. Storage on a dime. Actually not really. The most recent purchase here was the belt rack for my necklaces and that was almost a year ago. The rest of the stuff has been used and re-used in various ways and areas of my house with every move. And believe me, there have been a bunch of them.

So, how do you organize your pretty things? Any tips?

1 comment:

  1. I just started displaying my scarves by threading them through a plastic store scarf hanger and hanging them on the wall on a pushpin. With the scarf plumped up, you don't even see the hanger and the bright colors of the scarf really add color to the room!


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