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July 4, 2012

New Uses for Old Things: Serving Dishes in the Jewellery Box

While in Thunder Bay last week (I only just revealed that tidbit yesterday), I made a mess of my parents' house while setting up shop with my Mom.  Their living room is now home to 70+ vintage finds and handmade goods (although that number is declining), all boxed and ready for new homes.  I had promised to help de-clutter, but mostly I just made a mess.  I forgot my Mom hates the smell of cardboard.  Ugh, I feel terrible.

To my credit, I did help my Mom organize a little.  Without invitation, I rummaged through the contents of her costume jewellery drawer and reorganized to make everything more accessible. 

Here's what she was working with:  lots of things were in their original, non-descript boxes, which made accessorizing a real shell game of trying to figure out what was where.


A closer view:


My plan was to buy something that would fit in the drawer and help create at-hand storage.  But, I like a job done quickly (sometimes at the expense of doing it well, but that's another story) and this time my ants-in-the-pants paid off.  I scooted to the kitchen and started rummaging through the cupboards, where I found two, rarely used divided glass dishes.  One was the perfect fit!

We kept a few rarely worn items in boxes in the back, then put a few larger pieces in the "new" dish.  Her existing silver lidded dishes house smaller pieces.


Now everything is easy to see, easy to access and easy to wear!




Full disclosure: not everything went back in.  The empty boxes found a new home, yes, as did some of her never worn jewellery.  Coincidentally, my jewellery box now has a few additions, like a sweet coral brooch and a couple other goodies.  I'm horrible.
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  1. Gyerekkoromban nekünk is volt ilyen üvegtálunk. Abban szervíroztuk a vendégeknek a sós rágcsálnivalót :)

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    1. I am lazy with the Hungarian today ;)

      Do you still have these kinds of dishes? They can be used for so many other things . . .

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    2. Több kibúvót nem kapsz a magyar alól :). Tudod, a szülinapi listád 23. pontja. Én vagyok a hajtód :) Szerintem anyunak még van ilyen tálja. Egyébként ez tényleg egy remek ötlet az újrahasznosításra!

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    3. Igen, tudom, hogy kell gyakorolni. Nem kéne ennyire lusta lenne.
      Köszönöm a motiváció :D

      Szeretek újrahasznosítani. Újrahasznosítás pénzt takarít meg!

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  2. Nicely done! I like the glass bowl to display her pretty items.

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    1. Thanks!! It really does let her pretty costume jewellery "shine".

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  3. I love what you did with her jewelry drawer. Having everything beautifully organised means things get worn so much more. I seriously need to give my drawer some attention too :)

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    1. Yup, I am happy to report that Mom is wearing more of her lovely pieces now.

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  4. Very well done Tanya! I love it when i open my drawer i can find anything and everything in a second. Makes life so much easier. Do you organize your makeup and what not the same way? I bought some makeup organization storages from here (www.azardisplays.com/productcart/pc/Cosmetic-Displays-c125.htm) and its quite helpful. But for jewelry items we have a PAX wardrobe, it makes things easier to find for sure.

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    1. Ooo, those are neat! I have many little drawers in my bathroom vanity, so I have little dishes in there too. And sometimes I use vintage planters (for lipsticks) or metal serving trays (for nailpolish). I get creative, lol, mostly to save money.

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    2. I agree...that is the best way to save money! Way to go Tanya :)

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  5. That must have been so fun! I love re-organizing, especially such pretty things!

    Emilie
    live.eat.smile.

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    1. Reorganizing jewellery is much better than reorganizing socks, that's for sure!

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  6. Such a great idea. I definitely need to figure out a better storage solution for my jewelry - too many things in too few boxes means I forget what I have or it just ends up in a tangled mess! I'm thinking I probably need to let a few things go...

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  7. I love the sectioned dish, what a great tip!!

    http://www.mythriftychic.com/

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  8. i use little baskets in the same way -- i never thought about dishes though. Genius!

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  9. Do you know the artist name for your turquoise studded chain piece?

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