jewelry organization: complete!

do you remember this messy mess, the jumble of jewelry and gems that sat on my dresser top as a constant reminder of my organization failure? IT’S GONE!  if you’ve been following along on instagram (sarahyates) you’ve seen bits and pieces as i worked to replace it with my dream system- my favorite bracelets displayed on the dresser top with my watches. and two drawers containing the rest of my collection, tucked neatly away and organized well enough to make martha herself happy!  and i finally framed a bunch of our wedding photos! when our bedroom is complete i’ll show you the whole shebang, including our final decision on the wallpaper.  it will be the first (and only) room in the house that will be all done.  we can’t wait!

i found these black velvet display cases at the container store for my necklaces.  and i edited. anything that didn’t feel entirely ME anymore- gone. just my most favorites made it into the drawers. i’m hoping this will also keep me in check with my consumerism- if i know i have to lose something that i have in order to bring something new into the collection i’ll think long and hard before making a purchase. 

these acrylic bracelet stands are from here, and the ring storage was from here (unfortunately it looks like the seller is out). i was worried that lou was going to fight me on the girliness of it, but let’s be honest it was such a major improvement from the old mess i think he was too happy to see it clean to complain!

the dish i use to hold my watches was a white elephant gift exchange win. such luck that it works so perfectly for my watches!  since those are in heavy rotation it’s great to have them so easily accessible. from left to right :  marc jacobs, nixon, nixon.

to go alongside the black velvet trays i got two of these white lacquer trays for earrings, bits and bobbles. they’re the perfect place to store my goodies. and, that’s it!  what do you think?  it’s a pretty major improvement, right!  do you have any tips and tricks to share on how you keep your jewelry organized? *wedding photos by max wanger

the state of my dresser

this is where most of my jewelry is kept, and it looks like a bomb exploded 95% of the time (it also gives you an idea of what my closet was like prior to this). i really need a solution, but i feel like anything that tucks everything away too neatly won’t do. with me and accessories, out of sight = out of mind. any suggestions friends? how do you keep your jewelry organized and accessible?