Three Steps to Organizing Your Jewels

IMG_4159Organizing your bracelets and baubles probably lands next to organizing your sock drawer on your priority list – especially if you’re a working mom like me. I totally get it. What I’ve recently discovered is that the smallest inconveniences, such as missing earrings or tangled necklaces, can cause serious morning madness when you’re getting ready.

I put together three simple steps to getting your jewels all jazzed. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Your jewelry
  • A space for sorting
  • 2 small boxes (recycled shoe boxes are perfect)
  • Sticky notes for labeling
  • Soft cloth and jewelry cleaner
  • Jewelry containers or boxes

Step 1: Sort

When it comes to sorting, I’m a huge fan of the dump and dig method. I like to lay it all out there, literally, to see what you’re working with. I like to use my bed, since it’s a nice soft space. You can also use a large bath towel on a counter. Once you dump, quickly dig and sort your things into piles labeled with sticky notes:

  • Keep
  • Fix
  • Rid
  • Trash

The keepers are the things you love and don’t need any extra TLC. I like to sub-sort this pile by color to make it easier to decide what I should keep or send to the rid pile. The fixer-uppers are the items you love, but they might be missing an earring back or a glittery bead. The rid pile is for items you really don’t wear, but they still look nice. You can choose to donate, sell, re-gift or reuse in your next “crafternoon” project. The trash pile is for hopeless items that simply need to hit the can once and for all.

Step 2: Scrub

Once you’ve established your piles, go ahead and dump your trash pile. Put your fixer-uppers into a box and label for later attention. Review your rid pile and polish up anything you want to sell or donate. If you want to re-gift anything, go ahead and label the item for the person you have in mind. Put these items into your second box. Now for the good stuff…look at all of your beautiful keepers! Take time to scrub and polish, as needed. Admire, as you wish.

Step 3: Store

It’s time to store all of your gems in style. When deciding on the type of storage, think about your space. For example do you have plenty of counter space, or do you need something to tuck in a drawer or hang in your closet? Find storage options that will fit your space and style. For more great tips and storage ideas, check out this video from PopsugarTV.

Once you’re finished, stand back and admire your work. That’s always my favorite part.

Have a creative day! What jewelry tips do you have to share?

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Manage the Morning Madness

Processed with VSCOcam with s5 presetThere have been mornings in my house what would rival the madness of a Black Friday sale. Kids are tired and fussy, breakfast is burning in the toaster, I can’t find my favorite pair of earrings, and there’s less than 10 minutes before the final school bell rings. I never intend for our mornings to get so out of hand, yet simple missteps can send all of us spiraling into chaos.

I started doing a few things to tame the madness and thought they were worth sharing. Now, these might sound like no-brainers, but I’ve learned not to take any ideas for granted. I’ve also discovered that if you try this for 66 days, which is the magic number for forming a new habit, you’ll find yourself with enough time to actually relax on the porch with a cup of coffee. Heaven.

Now, if you only take away one tip from this post, it’s this: the secret to a sane morning is to start the night before.

Prep the kids

Select outfits the night before and get them approved. A lesson I’ve learned at work is that collaboration is key. Same rule applies with kids. Get them to help pick out and approve their outfit so you don’t land yourself back in a battle over purple legging or pajama pants with minutes left to “go time”.

Plan the food

Not only plan and pack lunches for the next day, but also think about breakfast. Ask your kids what they’d like to eat and be sure you have enough milk, eggs or cereal to go around. If not, send hubby to the store. Like how I delegated, there?

Get to bed

I loooove to sleep. I’m one of those people who has to have 8 hours of sleep, and if you gave me 10, I’d be exponentially happier. Admittedly, my tendency is to stay up late and sleep in. I’ve learned, though, that if I get to bed no later than 10pm, it’s so much easier to wake up on time the next day. In fact, in the few days I’ve shifted my sleep times I’ve discovered early morning is the most peaceful time in our house. I’ve also discovered sunrises. I mean, have you seen one lately? So beautiful. I’m not suggesting you wake up at 4am. Even if you wake up 20 minutes earlier than anyone else in the house, those precious minutes provide plenty of time for you to set your intention for the day and start off on the right foot – and with matching shoes.

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