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Create cute jewelry organizer from plate candlestick holder bowl. | Heather Leszczewicz~For Sun-Times Media

Create a cute jewelry organizer from a plate, candlestick holder and a bowl. | Heather Leszczewicz~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: March 27, 2013 10:11AM

Imagine you’re getting ready to go out. You reach into your jewelry box and out comes a tangled mess of chains, beads and trinkets. It’s the worst, right?

Most of the time, I’ll skip the jewelry when I end up with a knotted ball of necklaces. Then I forget about the mess and end up with the same situation on another day.

I recently took the opportunity to get my accessories more organized, as well as purge things I know I’ll never wear again. I’m sharing a few of my cost-efficient tips.


One of the best DIY projects I’ve done recently was a cake/dessert platter, made from supplies that cost less than $5. I took the idea and applied it to jewelry organizing.


— One plate, one bowl, one candlestick holder. All of these items can be found at your local dollar store.

— A permanent craft glue, like E-6000, which can be found at any craft store.

Wash your supplies throughly to remove any dust or grime. Apply glue to the rim of the bottom of your candlestick holder. Find the middle of the top of your plate and firmly press the candlestick holder into place. Let that dry for a couple of minutes and then apply glue to the rim of the top of the candlestick. Place your bottom of the bowl onto the top of the candlestick. Press firmly. To make sure the glue sticks, put some heavy books on top of the bowl and let dry for a couple of hours.

Your new jewelry organizer is ready. Put necklaces on the plate. Stud earrings and bracelets can be placed in the bowl. Earrings that have hooks can be hung from the bowl’s edge. Nice and decorative. Plus, your jewelry holder could be used as a chip and dip holder in an emergency.

A few other ideas: Other kitchen items can double as jewelry organizers. A paper towel roll holder can be used to display bracelets and a silverware drawer organizer can be used to lay out necklaces.


Hang up your scarves instead of keeping them in a drawer. You’ll be able to see all your scarves at once and avoid too much wrinkling. I use little reusable hooks lined up on a wall to hang up a selection of scarves. You could do this inside your closet too if you have the space.

You could also try using a wire hanger and shower curtain rings. Attach the rings to the wire hanger and then lace your scarves through the ring. It won’t work as nicely if you have chunky scarves.

Other organizing ideas

— Use vases or other glass containers (like an old fishbowl) to store things like nail polish or barrettes. You can hook headbands onto these larger containers as well. Try using a votive candle holder to keep bobby pins or ponytail holders from being strewn across your dresser.

— Every girl has at least a couple of purses and clutches. Try using shower hooks to hang purses in your closet. Clutches can be stored on a shelf in a magazine holder or a collapsable bin.

— One of the best online ideas I came across has to do with how you put away clothes. Everyone’s been doing it wrong. Don’t stack things in drawers on top of one another, instead turn the stacks on their side. Think of your drawers as filing cabinets and the clothes as the files. You’ll have more room, clothes don’t get stuck on drawer above and you’ll be able to see all your clothing options.

— When it comes to your socks, do you fold or roll them? I have a designated sock drawer and I leave all my socks loose. I’d rather not toss a pair of socks if one has a hole. Since I have a multitude of white socks, all the same kind, I’d rather just be able to grab another sock out of the drawer and toss the solitary sock.

However your organize your accessories and clothes, make sure you go through and condense at least once a year. Get rid of anything worn out or that you don’t wear. It allows you the chance to keep everything in its place and not outgrow your space.

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