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Clutter On Display

Let’s talk about clutter today.

I have long disliked jewellery display. I don’t care for jewellery boxes, but more so, I visibly cringe when I see jewellery organization masquerading as home décor. If that’s your thing, well that’s fine (err… actually it’s not fine), but it’s not mine. I believe DIY jewellery solutions tend to be cumbersome and large, taking on the roll of art in the home, when in fact they are not. Jewellery is art when it is worn on a person, not when it is worn by your wall. If you wall needs glam then we can talk about making that happen, but your wall needs a ring like it needs a sledge hammer.

Case in point: check out this example, of which their are thousands, from Pinterest.

Yes, it’s pretty. I do not deny. But is this really the decorative element you want to draw attention to? Wouldn’t it be better if that amazing vintage chair, with its sleek metal casters, and glitzy pillow were the focal point? Yes. Yes. Yes. Obviously yes. If you want to hang something rich in texture and colour I recommend textile arts like weavings or hanging rugs.

When jewellery is placed on display in a home it becomes another form of the clutter we are trying to eliminate by creating the storage solution in the first place. Convoluted, isn’t it? Elegant design and aesthetic are the crux of the matter when you are trying to create a functional and well decorated space. Function is extremely important, and realistically, don’t we want to functionally store our fashion accessories out of plain site? Though glittering earrings and necklaces may, at first glance, seem like they could double as a decorative element, the attempt often fails. Clean lines, carefully selected items, variance in texture and an awareness of “less is more” are key elements to creating an aesthetic within any space, even if you don’t live with a minimalist mindset. The more you have, the less people note the items you really want noticed, diminishing the overall effect.

In that vein, if you are looking for a creative solution for jewellery storage I have done the leg work for you. This ribbon earring storage from Tumblr is perhaps the quaintest and most practical solution to storing stud earrings I have ever run across. It is so simple it doesn’t even count as a DIY project in my mind.

I know I’m waxing poetic about a piece of ribbon right now, but once your earrings are attached you can simply spin this thing right up into a ball and pop it in a drawer, or tack it to the inside wall of your medicine cabinet. The genius is that it hides away your jewellery out of sight, while keeping it expertly organized in a convenient ready-to-travel state.

You can probably figure this one out for yourself just looking at it, but if you want more info click the image to follow the link.

Miss-Take’s Earring Holder



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  • Reply Amber

    I really appreciate your candor! I was looking for a way to organize all my girls’ bows, earrings, headbands and more. Everything I have pinned thus far has been organization doubling as art. My girls LOVE clutter so I cringe when I imagine how this wonderful DIY project will turn into my worst clutter nightmare in a month when the “new” has worn off. This was such a healthy reminder to stick with organization that isn’t on display. Thank you!

    January 24, 2016 at 11:12 pm
    • Reply Jenn Schleich

      Thanks for your thoughtful comment Amber. I wasn’t sure how people would take this post. I think that my kids are very easily tempted by things out in plain sight, and if I ever put jewellery on display for them they would be too tempted to mess around with it all the time. Maybe your girls have more restraint though? Either way I think you are smart to keep it tucked away. Cheers.

      January 25, 2016 at 7:11 am
  • Reply hbugfowler

    I have to say that I agree and disagree with you at the same time. I make jewelry and always loved seeing it displayed,in a store, and sometimes framed (for special pieces). I myself have a small jewelry box and some bars that hold bulky stuff. They are functional and simple. While I don’t think we should build more so we can have more; I do love seeing some of my favorite things out as I pass.

    June 9, 2016 at 8:58 pm
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