For many years now I just could not figure out how to organize all my jewelry. I have had many styles of jewelry boxes, jewelry trees, you name it, I have had them. Nothing I have used seemed to be able to keep everything organized. Necklaces are the most difficult as they tangle so easily. Hanging them on a hook is a great way to go but if you want the one from the back you end up having to pull all the necklaces off the hook just to get the one you want.
Then I found shower curtain hooks. Not the fancy ones just the cheap, plain wire ones.
I started with a window frame mirror that I picked up at a yard sale. I liked it as it had that rustic charm I seem to like, but you could go with any style or concept you like. Just find something you can screw some big hooks onto. It could be a piece of driftwood or part of a picket fence for all that matters.
I then found some great curtain holdbacks with a calla lily flower on it. All I did was just screw them onto the wood beneath the mirror. For a couple years I used it as is. But I still had problems with getting the necklaces on and off.
Then came the idea of using shower curtain hooks! I am always seeing bags of these in the thrift stores. I bought several! I need to point out something before anyone goes running out and grabbing a bunch. There are differences in the size of the top part. I did not know this and had a problem once I got home with them.
See the top part of each of them. Number one has a smaller top loop than number two. My calla lily hooks were pretty thick and number one shower hook did not fit down over it. So you will want to keep an eye out for the difference between the two, depending on the type of hook you are using.
Once I got that part all sorted out I started adding my necklaces and even my bracelets. I even have a few of my rings hanging on a couple of these shower hooks. Each shower hook holds one or two pieces of jewelry. It all stays neat and tidy and I don’t have to pull everything off to get to the piece I want to wear that day. I have been using it now for about 6 months and wish I had done this years ago.
Before I end this post I want to give you one more organizing trick for small abodes. Use that space behind your door! I have 3 housecoats. One for each season! I have no closet to hang them in and the bedroom door is one of those hollow core doors that will not hold a screw. So what I did to solve that problem was, I went to the Habitat ReStore and bought a couple pieces of wood and glued one of them right to the door. I know I am a renter and that is frowned upon but since it is there permanently you will have to leave it behind and the next renter will be thanking you for it! I used a strong construction glue similar to liquid nails. Once set up overnight you can screw any type of hook you like into it without worrying about it falling off.
Don’t ask me about that weird mirror butterfly as it came with the house. The last renter probably covered up a hole that was there. But I now can hang up my housecoats, even though I do not have a closet. When the door is open I don’t even see them.
I did the same thing in the bathroom for my towels.
Be creative and think wisely about spaces you might not normally think about.