I confess I have a jewelry problem. Maybe you’re like me and have something in just about every color. Or perhaps you have just a few pieces and wear the same thing every day.
I go through both stages. Sometimes I like to wear the same thing, especially if I know I’m going to be busy (say having a baby). Other times I just don’t wear anything because I’m making a mess. Read painting.
But…I am a sucker for something shiny. Does it have to be expensive? No. But I do enjoy more quality pieces. I have a few things that are Dollar Store worthy but I don’t want to spend my money on things that tarnish after one wear. Ya get me?
My collection includes lots of pieces that are truly costume jewelry. Pieces that my grandmothers had. I realize that the times I’m going to wear these pieces is few and far between. I love them none-the-less. And sometimes they can make your outfit so special with a one of a kind piece.
Meanwhile I have a problem. Storage for all that jewelry really takes up space. I received a jewelry organizer about ten years ago for Christmas and it was wonderful. But I’ve grown out of it. Now it houses my daughter’s hair accessories.
Here’s a pict-
Old Jewelry Cabinet
I took an antique wardrobe I inherited and converted it into my jewelry storage. The wardrobe was really too small for actual clothes (unless you have five socks). But it was perfect for my growing jewelry collection.
(I have a better picture of that somewhere but for the life of me, I can’t find it.)
I bought some jewelry organizers and display pieces from JoAnn’s and made them work to house all my jewelry. Sometimes (cough) the pieces become a mess and jumbled up. Or kids play in them. Real life stuff. And it needed to be reorganized.
Another problem I encounter is what colors I’m missing out of my collection. There are times you need a really great pair of red earrings and I’m always looking through my collection missing them. And then when I’m in a place like Charming Charlie’s I can’t ever remember what color section I should be in. And it’s easy to get overwhelmed in that store anyway.
So a quick project I did this morning…organizing earrings by color. Earrings are something that I wear almost every day, regardless if I’m in my p.j.s or if I’m out and about. My guess beyond an engagement or wedding ring, that’s what you wear the most as well.
Here is a shot of my jumbled up mess-
Jewelry Drawer Mess
And here’s the progress being made. It really helps to know what you have (or love) and what you need. Clearly I don’t need anymore jade colored earrings.
And here’s the final product. Not bad for a few minutes to spare this morning. Now a notepad and pen in my jewelry armoire will help to keep track of what I’d like to have for when I get to make a shopping trip.
All Sorted Out
How do you organize your jewelry?
Tonight I will be live tweeting about the Oscars. You can follow me @stylefmthestixs. And I’ll do a round up of my favorite looks.
But as promised, here are a few more kitchen picts-
By the Sink
And here are a few, just for fun-
Close Up of Glass Cabinet
Clock Close Up
Grandma’s Cake Box on Stand
Here is the final product- a kitchen that flows with prepping, eating and cleaning up meals.
I hope to add a few more pictures. But I hope you enjoyed coming along with me on my journey of kitchen organization!
These are the last cabinets that I have conquered. Tomorrow I’ll show you my kitchen diagram. I feel confident that I have all the cabinets housing the right products now. But I have yet to make the Tupperware more functional. I’m seriously considering moving to all glass storage containers. Darn plastic anyway! Aren’t these containers such a pain?
For today, here was my cabinet by the pantry-
What a mess! I really appreciate the cord hanging down.
Here is the after-
Cabinet 3 After
This cabinet makes me happy. I put all of my cake decorating tips and cookie cutters in the basket up top. (Because I use those one a year!) I then corralled all of the water bottles (another bane of my existence) to another cabinet and left only the pitchers. And all of my mixing bowls and Pyrex measuring bowls are now together. Makes sense!
Cabinet No. 4
This cabinet is close to the sink and was just an odd combination of dishes and plasticware and ???
Here is the after-
Cabinet No. 4 After
Now all of the dishes are together. And so are the water glasses. And a few miscellaneous mixing bowls that I don’t use very often. This cabinet could still use some shelving height adjustments. Don’t you think this cabinet would make a great open shelf look. I mean, do you ever see open shelving on Pinterest with Tupperware on it? No.
So that’s it. Now you’ve seen what lies behind my kitchen cabinets and we have no further secrets from each other. I still have a few cabinets to go, but to be honest, those just didn’t change all that much. Mostly it is just tidying up what’s already there. Except for the blasted Tupperware…
Do you have any great Tupperware storage solutions?
Today’s cabinet, in the process of making over where to put kitchen products, is the pots and pans. Some of my pans ended up in the bottom of my stove. And some of my pans were across from the oven in a separate cabinet.
Here are the offending cabinets-
Under the Stove
I hated lifting them out of this spot.
Cabinet No. 2
I decided to move all the pots and pans next to the oven. Make sense right? The problem is the heaviness of the pots and pans. I really enjoyed having some of them on the slide out cabinets. Instead, I moved them to the lazy susan that is next to the oven. With the lazy susan, I still get relief from lifting them from the back of a cabinet.
Here is what was in the lazy susan before-
Lower Lazy Susan
Pyrex, Pyrex, Pyrex.
Here is what these spots look like now-
Cabinet No. 2 After
Don’t you love all that Pyrex goodness all organized? Ahh, so lovely.
And here is the lazy susan-
Lower Lazy Susan After
Yes! Pots and pans all in one place right by the oven.
Isn’t amazing what simple organization can do!
This may be an on again/off again series as I struggle to organize. It feels great to have something put together but the bigger fight is to keep it that way!
Have you heard the expression, “Cleaning the house while the kids are home is like shoveling snow while it is still snowing?” Completely true. While I’m getting something organized in one room, there is a disaster going on in another. And then there’s the daily grind of sweeping the kitchen and by the doorways (when will the gravel end?), trying to keep little boys’ bathroom clean (why is hitting the water so hard?) and there are two hotspots in the house that will never be “done”- the laundry and the dishes.
All I’m saying is that it is a struggle.
One area of our home that has been an eyesore for me has been my kitchen cabinets. When we moved into our home, I unpacked our kitchen in about a day. Things were thrown in- random, random things. And have pretty much been in the same place since.
After careful consideration (and much Pinterest research), I tried to identify which cabinets should house what items. This was also based on the height and widths of the items that the cabinets would conceal.
Here, for your Tuesday pleasure, is cabinet number one.
Cabinet Number One
There sits my crock pot in amongst the cake cover and microwave chip maker. I mean, what???
I moved the crock pot so that it would reside by all the other actual cooking items. So revolutionary! I also edited the items in this cabinet. How often does one actually use a cake cover? Could it be moved to another less accessible cabinet or perhaps donated? And as for the chip maker, that is now for sale.
Here is the cabinet after-
Cabinet One After
Now all of the big bowls are on the top shelf and the bottom shelf contains pie containers and large plastic food storage containers. I also put the ridged stone bakeware there mostly because it fit perfectly.
One cabinet down. A whole kitchen to go!
Tomorrow, we’ll keep going through the kitchen. At the end of the week, I’ll show you all the cabinets together.
If this is inspiring you to make your cabinets make more “sense,” be sure to keep a list of what needs replacing or what you are missing. I was amazed at the oddity of items I have and the items I really need on a day-to-day basis!