How to Organize Earrings

Keeping your earrings in order will prevent expensive damage or loss.
Keeping your earrings in order will prevent expensive damage or loss. (Image: selensergen/iStock/Getty Images)

It's very easy to lose one earring in a pair, to misplace pairs of earrings, or even to break them if they're tangled in a jewelry box or jumbled in a drawer. There are a number of different ways to organize your earrings, depending on the styles you wear and how many pairs you own, as well as the storage space you have available.

Jewelry Box Basics

Traditional storage for jewelry, including earrings, is in a jewelry box. If you're storing just a few pairs of earrings, opt for smaller compartments for stud earrings or small hoops. Use drawers or larger compartments for large chandelier earrings or bigger hoops. If you do want to store large numbers of earrings in a large jewelry box, choose one with many small compartments, or add inserts within the compartments. These inserts are available in larger home stores, but you could also experiment with small open containers from the craft store or even the kitchen department.

Stackable Drawer Solutions

Stackable jewelry trays can hold large numbers of earrings. These organizers, made of plastic, acrylic or velvet-covered cardboard or wood, are affordable and easy to use. Small compartments are designed to hold a single pair of earrings, with each tray holding between 12 and 36 pairs. They are relatively shallow, allowing you to stack two to three trays in a small, deep drawer. The trays are useful if you have drawer space in a walk-in closet or bathroom. While they work for studs or drop earrings, they may not accommodate larger earrings, like chandelier styles.

Free-Standing Storage

Department and craft stores sell a number of jewelry organizers designed to hold earrings. These are typically freestanding and made of metal. Small holes along the edges are designed to hold earrings with wires, and are not so convenient for hoops or stud earrings. Other types of jewelry may be stored on the organizer's hooks or trays, and you can choose to store earrings there as well. Freestanding organizers also require adequate space, like a vanity or bathroom counter, and may look cluttered.

Wall-Mounted Wonders

You can store various types of earrings, including hoop, french wire, and large chandelier earrings, in a picture frame on your wall with relative ease. While you can buy these at home stores or accessories shops, you can also make your own. You'll need a picture frame, a few nails, and either some mid-weight wire or lightweight chicken wire. Choose a larger frame for a big collection and a smaller one to handle only a few pairs of earrings. Secure the wire or chicken wire into the frame, using small finishing nails, and hang it on your wall. Hang earrings from the wire.

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