It’s five minutes before my ride gets to the door, and I can’t find my favorite pair of daisy earring studs. I’m freaking out! This is a nice dinner with friends I haven’t seen in a long time, and I’m desperate to prove that I’m not the same ditz in college that would lose her head if it weren’t attached to her shoulders. I don’t want them to know I’m in a tizzy over a pair of “lost” stud earrings.
Spoiler alert: the earrings were where I had left them, beside the bed, hidden by the base of the bedside lamp. But it made me think that there had to be a better way of organizing my earrings than this. And why stop at earrings, honestly? Jewelry boxes were such a pain in the neck for me because no matter how many little areas they had designated for rings, necklaces, or earrings, I just threw everything in the middle drawer and hoped for the best. I’ve just accepted that this is the kind of person I am. So, instead of trying to conform to a system that didn’t work for me, I did some research and devised my own way of doing things.
As far as earrings go, the best way I’ve found of dealing with pairs is to put them in a pill container – those long boxes meant for weekly use, labeled Monday thru Sunday, to help you keep your medication in order. These make great containers for small studs, hoops, sometimes small rings and even hanging earrings. I put them together as a pair in each designated compartment and suddenly, my nights on the town aren’t frazzled at all. I know exactly where the perfect piece for the perfect outfit is going to be.
As for the necklaces, that’s a whole different story. Believe it or not, I actually ended up using a ring display hand for my necklaces. I rarely wear necklaces, so having the few I own openly displayed this way, in lieu of an actual necklace tree, ended up working perfectly for me.
Having easy access to the perfect piece to complete your outfit is absolutely vital. I love having everything on hand now, and just had to share my secret. I first used the earring trick while I was packing for my first big cross-country move, but I haven’t given it up since!