I don’t know about you but when I’ve been out of town for several days, that moment when I enter my home once again is filled with razor-sharp clarity. It could have been a 10-hour travel day by the time I pull my suitcase through the garage, start talking to Bella who is meowing for me on the other side of the door, turn the doorknob, and walk into my persimmon-colored kitchen. That’s when it shows up. It could be, “Oh, I love my home! How pretty you are!” Or like this time coming home from seeing Dad in Minnesota, it was, “Order! I must have more order!”
I responded to my missive immediately. The next room I walked into was the hall bathroom (long travel day!). After washing my hands I opened a drawer and saw five things to edit. While cleaning out the drawer I came across a pair of Kate Spade earrings that had never worked for me but I knew who to give them to, my son Trevor’s girlfriend. My lipsticks needed better organization. There was a box in my office that I’d saved. I knew just where it was. In a flash, my lipsticks were united in a neat and tidy way. I felt better already.
I could have continued, but I forced myself to go to bed. In the morning I saw that in my haste to leave the house to catch the plane a week earlier, I’d left a couple of long necklaces out on my side of the vanity.
I cupped my ear to catch the message coming through. What’s that you’re saying Inner Voice? Create another storage option for hanging long necklaces? Okay! You betcha!
You’ve seen my core storage system for my jewels before. (Here’s another peek at my fairly unconventional but pretty storage for my jewelry.)
Storage is all about location, location, location. If I was to create storage options as quickly as I created order in that drawer in the hall closet the night before, what would that look like?
I hadn’t been paying attention to the strain on my old storage system
Since I shared my jewelry storage with you I’ve started making some simple necklaces, long ones.
Like this one. And the crystal pendant I’m wearing with my saffron colored sweater.
I wanted these pieces to be able to stretch out. Where would that be? Think, Brenda, think!
Open the closet door and what do I see? Storage space!
Within minutes I was investigating the back wall of my closet. Maybe I could hang some hooks where no one would see them but me and use them to store the longer pieces? That way my long necklaces and chains could stretch out with ease.
I told Russ about my idea. He said, “You know, I already have some hooks that would work. Let me get them.”
Five or ten minutes later I was hanging my long necklaces in their new home.
Will it really work or do I need an official storage unit for my jewelry?
I put my clothes back in the closet after Russ drilled the holes for the hooks and I hung the necklaces. When you open my sliding closet door, this is what you see. Can you see those hooks behind the clothes?
When I’m putting together an outfit I can push aside my blouses and sweaters and start figuring out how to style it. I love the easy access. Then I go back to my regular storage system to add the braclets, rings, and earrings.
This totally will NOT work for you if your clothes are jammed tightly in your closet. (Time to edit? Purge?) It would be too hard to move the clothes aside to see what you have on the back wall. Since I like having space on either side of each hanger, it’s easy peasy for me to push the clothes aside.
Now when I come home and get undressed I can take my crystal pendant necklace off and say, “It was so fun to spend the day with you! Now, are you ready to see your friends and catch up with them?”
I hang it in the closet behind my clothes, say goodnight, shut the lights out and go into the dining room and enjoy whatever Russ has cooked up for dinner.
Have you got some storage tips to share? Where do your precious jewelry pals go for their beauty rest at the end of the day? Do share!