Being from far West Texas, I don't fit many of the style stereotypes associated with the folks who live in the East portion of my blue bonnet state. And although I've come to terms with the fact that a cute endearing accent will never be a part of who I am, there's one undoubtedly Texas trait I brought with me to sunny Arizona; BIG ASS jewelry. Turquoise, amber, coral, give me allllll the big earthy rocks, pah-lease!
However, such a collection comes with one tricky obstacle in particular; storage. But not just any storage, practical and functional storage that keeps pieces from hiding in the shadows and being worn to their ideal outfit potential.
I contemplated setting up my stockpile on top of the chest of drawers in the bedroom, but I knew that I would be more creative with jewelry choices rushing out the door if clothes and accessories lived in the same space. So I cleared off one of my man's t-shirt shelves (sorry bro, you'll survive), designated a narrow wall by the shoe rack and got to work.
The shelf I had to work with was not very tall and eliminated a lot of the earring and necklace displays I was finding in my local TJ Maxx, Home Goods & Marshall's stores just based on height. Not only that, but the earring holders I was seeing only had room for 10ish pairs of earrings comfortably. Now, that may be sufficient for some, but I didn't want to feel limited in what I was able to set out and wanted to accommodate room for growth. DIY earring storage had to happen in order to get what I wanted.
I began by spray painting two metal sheets found at Hobby Lobby, and then hung them from to the bottom of the shelf above using small screw hooks. Besides the pain of making sure each sheet was equally far enough from the back of the shelf to allow for earring hooks, it was a quick and easy $20 project that gave me the ample storage I needed without a bulky display case.
I then incorporated clear acrylic jewelry holders for dainty necklaces and bangles on either side of the earring display, so that even pairs hung on the outer edges wouldn't be obstructed from view.
Lastly for the shelf space, I found a shallow multi-functional jewelry holder for stud earrings, rings and miscellaneous items not easily hung and a dish from Target for watches to finish off the space.
Now moving on to the necklace wall storage. I wanted to go a little wild since the majority of the house is predominantly neutral. What better space to get a little funkier than usual than in the closet? Found several mismatched hook racks at my local Home Goods and hung them to display necklaces in descending length from shortest to longest.
One year post DIY, my man has finally gotten over the shelf theft, and my jewelry has never stayed so neatly organized with little effort over an extended period of time. Mic drop.