I have a ton of jewelry. Some of it is antique or vintage, but most of it is costume, eccentric, and / or tacky. That’s just how I like it; in fact, that’s who I am – vintage, eccentric, and / or tacky. I’m 42 and still working on getting better.
I found myself somewhat frustrated some time ago, because I am a bit obsessive-compulsive and was finding it hard to keep up with all my jewelry pieces, and I like to take care of them.
At first, The Hubster (we’ll call him Adrian since that’s actually his name), lent a hand. He, too, is OCD and for his own empathy’s sake wanted to see it organized. (He ain’t just purty) He took a piece of his fishing tackle box and cut it down to fit my stand-up jewelry box that didn’t have dividers – just deep drawers. I put all my earrings in the compartments. I hung all my necklaces up with adorable hooks and got quirky baskets for all my rings and bracelets, but felt pretty cool about how he had engineered earring compartments.
But I still found myself hunting and rifling through the partitions he had put together for me. I could always find one earring and would have to hunt the rest of the compartments for the other because they would somehow split up when I would put them away. It is like when I am certain I put two socks in the washer, but somehow only one comes out of the dryer!
I always hook my loops together. My jy-normous earrings I don’t ever have to worry about because I don’t tend to lose them as often – because they’re jy-normous. But the ones that are posts, or dangly ones without loops to hook one another to…… I had no idea what to do with them. So I started to clean the jewelry box out in hopes of coming up with an idea as I organized. At the bottom of the jewelry box, I found a button. I remember getting an adorable jacket at Goodwill (read back on the post: Goodwill Toward Men) and found an extra button in the pocket. I remember putting it in the jewelry box thinking I had to find a place for the extra buttons I had, too. And then……it came to me. The idea that would take care of stray earrings AND extra buttons!
I took different-sized buttons out of my sewing kit – some people still sew! I took extra buttons out of Cameron’s room. I searched the house high and low for anywhere I thought I would find extra buttons. I had buttons of all sizes, shapes and colors. It was a button-fest! The only extra button not being used was my belly button! And here’s what I did:
So remember: when you think there is no place for something, before you toss it aside, think about what other uses it may hold. If you feel out-of-sorts and unorganized and find yourself rifling through the day, just stop – compartmentalize, and think about the things that are important; about the ways you can display the friendships of the people in your life so that those relationships can become vintage and well-cared for. Search high and low for the love you have in your life of all different shapes, sizes, and colors. And how do you keep them warm in your heart? Just be sure to BUTTON UP!