Throughout the month of January, I am sharing some of the ways I am making improvements to my home, my fitness and health and day-to-day living in 2017. In my last post, I told you about my Jar of Gratitude. This time I am sharing an effective way to organize and store jewelry with my new jewelry organizer.

For ages I’ve been trying to figure out a sensible and space-saving method for storing and organizing my jewelry. For the last few years I have used trays and little bowls inside drawers, as well as hooks on my bedroom wall to store my large collection of long necklaces, bracelets, rings and earrings.

I have become such a fan of KayandStar jewelry, my jewelry wardrobe has grown quite a bit recently. I had resigned myself to using my existing methods – which weren’t great – until I came upon this jewelry organizer at a home improvement store.

For $10, I thought it was worth trying. I brought it home, purged the jewelry I didn’t want anymore, then added the jewelry I wanted to keep.

Now most of my jewelry – probably 75% to 80% – hangs on the rod in my closet. What I really love is I can see most of my jewelry at once instead of digging around in drawers.

The velcro strips for hanging necklaces are strong and manage to hold even my heaviest necklaces with ease. And no more tangled necklaces!

Pockets for smaller pieces like earrings, rings and bracelets are on the other side.

I still keep wide cuffs and big bracelets in a drawer since they won’t fit in the pockets. Now that’s all there is in the drawer, making it a breeze to find things.

Do you have a clever method for storing and organizing your jewelry?


How I Wear My is coming up next week! The theme for January is “Tall Boots” and the deadline for submission is this coming Monday, January 9th. To participate, please send a photo of you in your Tall Boots look to [email protected] and be sure to include a description of your look which will be quoted in the post.

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Jill and I can’t wait to see how you wear your Tall Boots!


Handbag Organizer

As you are about to see in this post, I have a lot of handbags. From tiny clutches to large totes, I love a pretty purse!

Starting off this New Year, I decided to work harder on getting organized and clearing out the clutter. I chose my large handbag collection to target first. I got rid of several purses, handing them down to my stepdaughter who was quite excited to have some new bags.

With the many handbags I’m still holding on to, I sought to find a new way to organize and store them. You would think after living in this 1960s ranch-style house with limited closet space for 16 years, I would have come up with an effective way to store them by now. But no, they’ve been strewn throughout the house in several different places since the beginning. I have piled them on shelves, shoved them into drawers and even hung each one on a hanger in our office closet. These methods either took up too much room, weren’t convenient or ended up damaging the bags. Plus, isn’t it nice to have all your similar things in one central place?

I went searching online to find a way to once and for all organize my bags. I found a simple fix on Amazon that cost me less than $15 per organizer with no assembly required! This system will keep my handled handbags organized, protected and grouped together the way I want.

This handbag organizer by Misslo is my solution! It’s a cinch to use – just overlook those spelling and grammatical errors. I am trying to get organized, not organzied – that sounds terrifying!


Simply hang the organizer on the rod in your closet, place the handle of your handbag in one of the 5 flaps, then snap it closed. Continue until you’ve either filled up the handbag organizer or run out of handbags!


I was not all that surprised that I needed two to complete my handbag organization project.


There are strips of strong Velcro inside each flap that help the snaps keep from popping open. For the extra long straps on a cross-body bag, I gently tied a loose knot in the straps, shortening them, then added them to the slot.


Handled bags are now organized!


But what about clutches and handle-less bags? They won’t work with this organizer. For these bags, I took an old office/filing cart I was no longer using and put my clutches inside the drawers. In this day of digital files, this cart was just collecting dust and destined for the thrift store until I repurposed it.


I used the last drawer to store the dust covers and boxes that my high-end bags came in. It’s smart to hold onto these in the event I ever want to sell them. Bags with original boxes and cloth bags get a better price than without, generally.


Thankfully, the filing cabinet fit perfectly in my closet, giving the office even more space and keeping every single one of my bags in one central place.

Handbag Organizer

My next organization project will target my hats.

I’m interested in learning how you store and organize your handbags.

Do you have any tips to share?

Reminder! The deadline for submissions to be featured in the next How I Wear My is February 1st. February’s theme is Rose Quartz or Serenity, the two Pantone colors of 2016. Send a photo of you wearing either or both colors to [email protected] and please be sure to include some information about your look.

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See the How I Wear My page for more information! Jill and I can’t wait to see how you wear these gorgeous pastel shades of pink and blue!

Make it a rich day!