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.