Think you don’t need these jewelry storage ideas? It doesn’t matter how many white gold hoops you own (name that movie!)—if you can’t see them easily, they might as well have been accidentally dropped down the drain. It’s one of the times where “out of sight, out of mind” is actually a bad thing. At some point, you forget you even owned that engraved signet ring your grandmother gave you. Just ask Paola Alberdi, the fashion-obsessed founder of the lifestyle blog Blank Itinerary. “I would just keep everything in the boxes or packaging it came in and store it in my closet,” she says. “It was such a mess and so difficult to find things!” And she’s not talking four or five boxes here; Paola has been collecting jewelry since she was a teen. A decluttering session was long overdue. Read on to find Paola’s favorite jewelry storage ideas. And in case you’ve got some pre-organizing nerves, Paola reassures us, “It looks more complex than it is.”
1. Pick a drawer, any drawer
Paola knew that no matter where she decided to store her jewelry, she still wanted to keep it mostly out of sight. “I do have some jewelry showcased on a tabletop, but storing all my jewelry that way would make a room look too cluttered,” she explains. To make room for her new jewelry setup, she reorganized her dresser, moving the clothes she was keeping in the top drawer to a lower one.
2. Less isn’t necessarily more
Who says you need to get rid of anything? Go on and live your best (organized) maximalist life by grouping together similar jewelry pieces into different storage compartments. From trays and dishes to acrylic makeup storage containers, get creative and keep your extensive jewelry collection easily accessible.
3. Get fancy with velvet
There’s a unique feeling we get from the idea of laying our latest jewelry finds down on a plush velvet cushion. If you need another reason to organize your jewels in this trendy way, the velvety texture will keep your prized babies in place. No wandering earrings here!
4. Dish it out
A shallow, patterned tray next to the bust helps corral some of Paola’s everyday rings without calling too much attention. “It’s nice to just take them all off at the end of the day, throw them in there, and have them ready for the next day or whenever I want to wear them.” Any small dish will do, but if you’re on the hunt for a new one, may we suggest taking a peek at the Lam Label’s selection of vintage dishes. Take a cue from the amazing shell dish below courtesy of Abigail Bell Vintage.
5. Store similar items together
“I like to put all my big statement earrings together, and then I have similar styles together. My rings that are bigger and colorful I placed together,” Paola explains. Store similar styles and color families together for easy access.
6. The jewelry-as-decor method
Sometimes we have pieces that should be kept on their own out of necessity. “I have a lot of gold dainty rings, so I mostly separate those into different compartments, but I try to spread them out so I can see what is in each one. Some dainty necklaces are also on their own so they don’t get tangled,” Paola notes. Look toward tabletop display and keep your favorite (most easily tangled) piece out and ready to grab.
7. Opt for a tiered system
Whether you’re a traditionalist and prefer a jewelry box or you’re into a more sculptural vibe, a tiered storage system is key to saving space and staying organized.
8. Got crystals?
Use your crystals for more than their energy. Place your fave pair of earrings or stackable rings on a flat-top crystal for an aesthetically pleasing and healing (?) storage situation.
9. Dress up your objects
Paola used a cloth bust—the kind you might see in a jewelry store—that she already had on hand to give a few of her favorite necklaces the spotlight. “It turned out to be a pretty cool and functional decor piece,” she says. Go the extra mile and spice up decor you already have in your home with a necklace or two will add flair and declutter. Trust us, anything can be a cloth bust.
Paola turned to storage compartments she could fit Tetris-style into the drawer. Because Paola’s match the inside of her drawer, from afar you could be fooled into thinking the setup is custom. “It is quite simple; it looks more complex than it is. I really just separate my rings, earrings and necklaces into the different sections,” she says. “My husband Hector occasionally uses it as well, for his cufflinks. Mostly, I store my favorite pieces that I use often so that I have easy access to them.”
Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest