Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. ~ Philippians 2:2-3
Houses have feelings, and we want our house to feel harmonious. We want to be united with God individually. We want to be unified together as a couple, and we want the house to feel balanced and peaceful to all who enter through the door. Harmony. A beautiful idea, but sometimes easier said than done. Especially when the following formula takes over.
Determined not to let chaos steal our harmony, I try to let go of items and limit what enters our home. For what we keep, I search out creative storage solutions. I always employ the following simple procedure to plan any storage area.
1) Evaluate Needs. 2) Plan solutions. 3) Implement Change.
One area that was particularly problematic was my nightstand. The top of it filled with jewelry that I never put away. I had a store bought jewelry organizer but since everything became tangled in it, I never used it. Using the previously mentioned procedure, I came up with 3 ways to store my jewelry items.
1) Evaluate Needs: I needed to store necklaces, earrings and bracelets in an easy to get out, easy to see what I have kind of way.
2) Plan solutions: Looking through the house for solutions, I decided to use two of my dad’s fishing gear organizer boxes for the earrings and bracelets. This is perfect! You can adjust the size of the compartment to fit the jewelry piece that you have and you can separate your earrings by pair. The boxes are only a few inches high so they store easily in the short top drawer of my nightstand.
For the necklaces, I found some unused space in our bedroom. I keep my clothes in a vintage wardrobe, it has a top shelf, hanging bars, and floor space under the clothes. I use all of that, but I wasn’t using the doors. With a handful of small finishing nails, I hung my necklaces on the inside of the door. No more tangles! Plus, I can see all of my options and match the necklace to the outfit of the day.
Finally, I decided to place a shallow, vintage bowl on my nightstand to temporarily house anything I take off right before bed. I recognize that when I am tired, I am no longer thinking about keeping my house clean. It’s far too easy to drop things wherever I am and crawl into bed. So I plan for this. One simple item can house a handful of loose items to make sure they don’t get lost and to keep the space from looking cluttered and unkept.
3) Implement Change: I filled my storage bins and hung my necklaces.
What creative jewelry solutions do you have? What potentially untapped storage option could you be using to solve your jewelry storage needs?