Organization is a struggle for me, but I've just completed a small project that's going to make a big difference. I organized my jewelry.
Let me be more specific: I organized my necklaces. I don't have problems with small things like rings and earrings. They fit neatly in my jewelry box. But my necklaces were a mess--they were lying in a drawer, all tangled up with one another, and I'd swear that they were becoming more tangled as they lay there! Once I finally got them all separated, I vowed to do something to keep them disentangled.
This was a very inexpensive and easy project. All I bought were two 20" x 30" foam core boards. Mine are inexpensive boards made by Elmer's; I paid less than $4.00 each for them. I used two just to make the whole thing a little sturdier.
I found a piece of fabric in my stash large enough to cover the board, and I simply wrapped it like a present, securing it in back with a staple gun. The staple gun worked like a charm on the foam core board!
I knew that I wanted to hang my board on the wall, so I wanted it to be extra sturdy. To that end, I cut off six inches of spare wooden yardstick and glued it to the top of the back of the board with E-6000 adhesive.
Then with the same E-6000 adhesive, I glued on pop tops from soda cans onto the yard stick to serve as hangers.
Then I flipped the board over and added push pins in a neat row across the top. I just used clear plastic push pins that I already owned. I figured the jewelry would make the board beautiful, so why bother with buying pretty push pins?
Hanging the board was easy. I measured the distance between the two hangers, then drove two nails into the wall that distance apart. I used a yardstick and level to make sure my two nails were lined up correctly. One nail is attached to a stud. The other is just attached to the drywall, but it seems quite sturdy. If I have any trouble, I'll re-do it using a drywall anchor.
My jewelry board is hanging in my long, narrow walk-in closet, which is unfortunately a bad place for taking photos, but you get the idea:
Not a tangle in the bunch! Bonus: since I can now see my necklaces, I'm wearing them more often. It's a win-win-win.
Do you have your jewelry organized? Any tips to share?
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