12 Jewelry Storage Ideas You’ll Wish You Knew Sooner

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Organizing your jewelry shouldn’t be an afterthought. Here’s how to keep your baubles organized, protected, and ready to wear!

Whether you collect costume jewelry, have a bunch of family heirlooms, or invest in the finest jewels money can buy, keeping all of your jewelry organized should be a priority. “Organizing one’s jewelry is important, as it makes it easier to visualize the pieces in your collection, which increases the likelihood of the pieces actually getting worn,” explains Briony Raymond of luxury jewelry company Briony Raymond New York. “When your jewelry is in chaos, it makes it far more challenging to find that exact ring or bangle you were trying to find on the way out the door to dinner!” But that’s not the only reason you’d benefit from some smart jewelry storage ideas, either by utilizing a DIY setup or buying a few of the best jewelry organizers on the market. Keeping things organized also helps protect your pieces, as well as keep track of what you have, so you’ll avoid losing jewelry or having it stolen.

But as with any organization project—including organizing your closet or creating a capsule wardrobe—you might face a few obstacles along the way. “The main challenge with organizing jewelry is that unlike clothing or shoes, jewelry pieces come in all shapes and sizes,” notes Laynē Brookshire, owner of Ms. Placed Professional Organizing. Additionally, some pieces of jewelry are incredibly delicate or can get easily tangled. And since jewelry organization tends to be an afterthought for many people, they often end up with intimidating piles and a tangled mess. The key to organizing nirvana is finding the jewelry storage style that makes sense to you and fits in with your decor. Once you do, you’ll never go back.

Jewelry on window displaypawel.gaul/Getty Images

Get inspired by your favorite jewelry store display

Jewelry stores know a thing or two about keeping everything organized and looking gorgeous. See what appeals to you at your favorite jewelry store and go from there. “Think about how inspired you feel looking at a display at a store, and try to recreate this feeling by displaying what you own at home,” Brookshire says. While many jewelry stores utilize traditional storage methods, others get creative by incorporating unexpected items into the mix. This especially true of websites, which are treasure troves of jewelry storage ideas. They might use branches to hang jewelry on or pretty rocks or wood pieces to lay them on. There’s a good chance you’ll get an idea for a cool DIY jewelry holder!

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Jewelry trayvia Packmille/etsy.com

Sort your collection into categories

Raymond suggests taking a look at all of your jewelry together—so you can separate it. “I find it helpful to group jewelry into categories, such as all earrings together and all necklaces together,” she says. This way, you’ll always know the general place you should be looking for an item and see all of the options right next to each other. Incidentally, you can do the same with your bags, so once you’re up to speed on these jewelry organizer ideas, take a look at these purse storage ideas.

Divide a drawer into storage compartments

Brookshire is a big fan of this storage technique if you have space. For divided drawer storage, you’ll just need a few jewelry trays, similar to the ones you’d find in a jewelry store. “Something about velvet makes anything feel luxurious,” she points out. The texture also helps keep your jewelry from slipping around, while a consistent solid background allows you to easily see and scan your items to find exactly what you’re looking for; it can help you identify what pieces might need to be added to your collection, too.

Wall jewelry rackvia Packmille/etsy.com

Look to your walls

If you don’t have ample counter or drawer space, utilize your walls! “I’m a believer in using all available vertical space to maximize storage in every possible way,” says Brookshire. “So for me, climbing the walls is always a clever answer when storage is limited.” Another bonus? It makes your jewelry accessible and allows you to see all your pieces at once.

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Use individual hooks for necklaces

Once you’ve decided to use your wall for storage, consider adding hooks for your necklaces. “Personally, I love individual hooks for each necklace,” Brookshire says. She suggests finding hooks that go with your home decor, whether it’s rustic, glam, or artsy. “There are tons of DIY jewelry organizer options, or check out the handmade creations on Etsy and support small business vendors,” she suggests. “I love hanging these in the spaces you get dressed and style your look—either in your closet, bathroom vanity, or maybe even in your bedroom.”

Jewelry boxvia Elvesjewelry/etsy.com

Buy an acrylic organizer

Another one of Brookshire’s go-to organizing solutions? A clear acrylic jewelry box. “Standing acrylic organizers are easy to fold up for small spaces and allow an easy and clean at-a-glance option for storing earrings of all lengths.”

Try tiered or stacking boxes

According to the experts, tiered or stacking options that can be stored on a vanity, dresser, or even a floating shelf are never a bad idea. “Stacker jewelry boxes are a great option if you don’t have drawer space for jewelry storage,” says Brookshire. Another great thing about them is that they are mix-and-match. That means you can purchase boxes according to your jewelry collection, “so you can build a completely personalized unit to fit your collection and your needs.” Different types of stacking boxes also rank among the best closet organizers to maximize your space.

Use a partitioned necklace tray

If you have lots of necklaces, Raymond suggests trays. “I like to keep necklaces spread out lengthwise in long trays with partitions between each piece,” she explains of this jewelry storage idea. “It’s so easy for chains to get tangled, so as long as they stay flat on a tray and separate from each other, they remain neat and organized.”

Floating Jewelry Shelfvia MySideOfTheGarage/etsy.com

Opt for a floating-bar jewelry organizer

“Floating” organizers are another great option if you have lots of necklaces. With these mounted bars, you can hang and arrange necklaces by style, length, and occasion. Brookshire loves these and suggests shopping for the perfect organizer on Etsy, where you can easily personalize the exact number of hooks you need per category. “They can also customize the color or any other design options you may need,” she points out. “Taking the time to determine what your needs are is half the battle. When you have the solution, putting items away and maintaining the system is easy and you’ll love the way it looks. It adds so much in creating a curated, boutique look in your wardrobe!”

Invest in a partitioned jewelry safe

If you’ve got precious gems, this is where you’ll want to store them. “Having a designated place for each of the pieces in one’s collection helps to avoid damaging and misplacing items,” says Raymond. “I have little trays that slide in and out of my safe with partitions to keep pieces from touching and scratching each other.” Plus, there’s the safety factor to consider. If the worst happens and burglars break into your home, a jewelry safe will protect your precious items.

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Store earrings in soft pouches with compartments

Store your earrings carefully, especially when it comes to your more coveted sets. “I store [my earrings] in soft pouches that have two compartments, and each earring is designated to either section of the pouch to ensure the earrings do not scratch each other,” Raymond says.

Ring Dishvia KingHarry/etsy.com

Strategically place ring dishes around the house

If you are someone who takes off their rings to do the dishes or before bed, consider placing a few ring dishes in strategic places. Not only will you save yourself from forgetting where you took them off, but you can also avoid your precious belongings falling into the sink or under your bed. Now that you’ve got a bunch of jewelry storage ideas to choose from, tackle another common problem and find the best shoe storage ideas for your space.

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Leah Groth
Leah is a Philadelphia-based writer, editor, mother and product junkie. Her obsessions include old houses, home design, fashion, beauty, books and anything that makes her life — which includes working full-time and taking care of two "spirited" children and a Vizsla puppy — a little bit easier. Her work has appeared on a variety of publications and websites, including Glamour, Prevention, Business Insider, Livestrong, Mindbodygreen, Fatherly, Scary Mommy, Wonderwall and Cosmopolitan.