How to: Organize jewelry

There's no reason to spend valuable time weeding though piles of tangled jewelry. Here's an excellent way to manage and display your prettiest pieces at the same time. Watch the video at Real Simple Real Life.

What You Need
Jewelry, modular linen-covered tiles or a linen-covered pin board, glass-headed straight pins, screw hooks


Time Inc. StudiosTime Inc. Studios1. Start with a piece of pin board

Purchase a piece of fabric-covered pin board, or buy an uncovered piece of Homasote board and cover the front of it with linen or another fabric, in a shade that complements your room. (Smooth the fabric across the board and secure at the back using a staple gun.) Decide where you want the pin board to hang and then mount it to the wall.

Aha! Homasote boards -- made of compressed, recycled paper -- can be found at hardware stores.

Time Inc. StudiosTime Inc. Studios2. Attach screws to the board

Purchase screw hooks at a hardware store; these will hold larger items such as necklaces. Decide what you'd like to hang and where on the board you'd like to hang it, choosing a pattern that appeals to you. Starting at the top-left of your board, begin attaching screws. Screw hooks into the board by pressing the point of the screw firmly into the board, then turning in a clockwise direction. Consider placing the screw hooks near the top of the board, so long necklaces have room to hang down. (Find Flattering Ways to Wear Necklaces.)

Time Inc. StudiosTime Inc. Studios3. Hang necklaces

Drape long necklaces from the hooks.

Aha! By hanging jewelry on a wall, the pieces are out of children's reach.

Time Inc. StudiosTime Inc. Studios4. Stick in straight pins

Glass-covered straight pins can be found at fabric stores and used to hang small items such as earrings. Stick pins into the board at an angle, so the head is higher than the point where the pin meets the wall. Dangle bracelets and earrings from the straight pins.

Tip: Stow more delicate and valuable pieces safely in a jewelry box or dresser.

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