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Ask Maeve: I’m a kid and need help organizing jewelry!

UntitledI’m seven years old and I would like to know how I can make my jewelry box prettier and easier to use. Can you help?

Of course I can! I’m so glad you wrote, and I love that you would like to know more about organizing jewelry. I’m going to give you three steps, are you ready?

Step 1: Make matching piles

The best way to better organize your jewelry box is to first know what you’d like to store inside. So carry your jewelry box to a clean table and start to take the jewelry out, piece by piece, and as you do, put your jewelry into matching piles. This means, necklaces with necklaces, earrings with earrings, bracelets with bracelets, and so forth.

Step 2: Make friends with your jewelry!

With all your jewelry in matching piles, it’s time to decide what you’d like to keep and what you might like to let go! Sometimes we collect jewelry that we loved in the moment, but that we don’t like so much anymore. You can keep your jewelry box organized by only keeping in it the items that you’ll wear. So, pick a pile, then hold each piece of jewelry from that pile in your hands, and ask yourself, will I wear this? If the answer is yes, place it back down on the table in a “Yes!” pile. If the answer it no, set it aside in a “No” pile. Go through all piles like this, and make sure to still keep matching piles as you go.

Step 3: Put the “Yes!” piles back into your jewelry box – in like zones!

It’s now time to put your “Yes!” jewelry back into your jewelry box, but with each pile getting it’s own drawer, or section of the box. This way, next time you look for something to wear, you’ll be able to clearly see what you have in each category! And when you take jewelry off before bed, be sure to put it right back where it lives, in its new special zone or home. You might even say, for fun, “Goodnight necklace, thanks for spending time with me today!”

I hope this helps, and as for those “No” items that you set aside, ask mom or dad if it’s ok to give them away or to let them go. Happy jewelry wearing, and let me know how it goes!

Photo Credit: Pottery Barn Kids

Maeve Richmond is the founder and head coach of Maeve's Method, a home organization system based in New York City. She specializes in parents & kids, couples, small space solutions, space planning and decorative elements for the home. Contact her at or @MaeveRichmond.

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