When I showed you my easy craft scissors storage on Monday I promised to share what I did with the necklaces that were hanging where my craft scissors went.
Now before I continue I have to say that I loved them hanging on the side of my computer armoire. They were pretty to look at, but they were taking up way too much valuable storage real estate.
I should mention that I rarely wear necklaces. I buy them for crafting, and for using in my wind chimes. I usually get them for 50 cents to $1, and sometimes in bunches for a steal.
This necklace storage idea came to me when I finally realized why my past reorganizing efforts in this room have always been temporary, and I can’t believe this never occurred to me before.
It’s because I was always more interested in pretty rather than practical. Oh yes… most definitely… count me guilty.
That’s not to say I don’t want things to be pretty. I love pretty!
But this is a work room and if things don’t function in a way that helps me to work all the pretty in the world isn’t going to make up for that.
I always thought it would… but turns out it doesn’t… not for me anyway.
From now on in this room practical comes first with pretty as a very close second.
While I was thinking about all this I got the crazy idea of storing the things I want to have handy in a functional way that makes them a part of the decor as well.
This is what the window beside my desk looked like after I added my funky pink beaded curtain.
It was pretty, but I quickly found out that I had to have the beaded curtain pulled over to my silver cake server curtain tie back most of the time because it was tinting all my photos pink.
So it was totally not practical.
Now in my mind practical is not a bad word… and does not have to be boring. To me it means purposeful… serving a function.
And practical can definitely be pretty at the same time…. and pretty funky too.
So here’s this window now. (Very hard to get a good pic with the winter light of a snowy day streaming in.)
This has got to be the easiest necklace storage ever. I just took necklaces and hung them on the curtain rod. Nothing to it.
For the ones that didn’t have their own clasps I used some of those simple loop-type shower curtain rings.
Now my necklaces are nicely organized out in the open… they’re practical and pretty… they’re safe from the paws of several feline mischief seekers and, most importantly, they’re not taking up any extra space.
I said I loved my necklace display before, but I love this one even more.
The necklaces are so easy to remove when I need to use one for a project… or shocker of all shocks… if I actually want to wear one. lol.
I’ve already added a few more since these pics were taken, and there’s still lots of room for more.
You’ll notice a few other things as well. I put my roll of bubble wrap up on the side of my bookcase because this keeps it out of the way, but it’s very easy to roll it out and cut what I need. It slips on to a simple 12″ shelf bracket.
Also, I’m keeping my collection of wooden rolling pins in the green bins. One of these days I’ll get around to using them in a project that I have in mind. You’ll notice that one has even been painted white already. It’s one step closer than all the others,
So what did I do with my pink funky beaded curtain?
I moved it to the other window in the room where it can stay hanging down all the time.
It’s much better here.
I pulled a bunch of my silver and silver plate trays and hung them on the curtain rod as a valance. I still have a few to dig out of my greenhouse that I can hang here too.
I’m using those metal shower curtain rings again here, and any trays that didn’t have cut-out designs in them are hung from the rings using binder clips.
You can see in the above pic that I still have some work to do in the lower regions of the room. I’m working my way from the top down. lol.
Before these trays were piled on top of each other on a shelf. This way I can see them when I’m making a garden plate flower or a wind chime or whatever other project I might want to use them for.
So again, I think this is practical and pretty… and pretty funky too, which totally works for me.
John keeps joking that I’m using every square inch of this 8′ x 11′ room… and I’m trying to do just that. In a small room like this it’s a must to find creative ways to store things… and I’m not finished yet, but I’m getting there… inch by practical and, hopefully, pretty inch.
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time… keep on keepin’ on.
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