Tuesday, September 25, 2012

My "System"

 I think I have it figured out, at least for now.  Many thanks to all of you who offered suggestions or just let me know I am not alone in my dilemma.  This is the brown/off white box.  I realize it might really make better sense to have the box match the color of the contents so that will make a case for me continuing to collect the boxes.  See how I can justify things...8+)
 This is the black/silver box.  This is my only box that isn't satin but it is pretty floral fabric and I do try to embrace diversity.  I sorted flowers, ribbon, non-lace trims and trinkets that don't fit into other categories in to the boxes.  Bigger collections like lace, buttons and hankies stayed in their current locations.  If the collection is big enough it would overflow the trays then it doesn't go in there.
 The jewelry stays in the jewelry boxes, sorted by color.  My criteria for jewelry is anything that can be worn, or could have been worn before it got broken.  Coins and metal game pieces are examples of trinkets that are out of the jewelry boxes and into the tray.  This is the black/white/silver jewelry box.
I still have a big drawer of lace for Etsy and projects.  My personal collection of favorite laces is separated in this little suitcase under the rule of like items together.  I still have a metal "junk" drawer for bigger pieces that are waiting to be something.  Tiny metal trinkets that drift to the bottom of the drawer and get lost get a home in the tray.
So, to summarize my "system"...
Big collections that would overflow the trays are sorted like items together.
Millinery flowers, special ribbon, non-lace trims and miscellaneous trinkets that don't fit into a category of their own go in the lingerie trays.
Jewelry (trinkets that can be worn) are sorted by color into jewelry boxes.
I hope I will be able to remember my rules!


Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Oh yes, it's good to know that I'm not alone in my quest for organization either. It all makes sense to me, but no one would ever find a thing. I love your boxes and might have a hard time using anything because it's all so pretty. The box of bling is my favorite of course.

vintage grey said...

Lookin' great!! Glad you got it figured out!! xo Heather

Blessed Serendipity said...

I would love to come and play in your pretty and organized space. I know I would be ooohing and ahhhing.


Andy's Attic said...

The best system is the one that works for you. I just love how pretty the boxes look with the like colored things in them!!

Into Vintage said...

It is a quest, isn't it!? I just like poking though the photos of all of those doodads -- everyone else's stuff is always more interesting (and organized) than mine.

Annette said...

I have to say, your trays and jewelry box are just begging to be poked through! I love how we can justify anything we want to, lol!

Laurie said...

It's good to have a process! I think the most important thing is to keep using the stuff so you don't forget what you have. No, that's not true. The most important thing is probably putting everything away when you're done with it, and sticking to the storage plan. At least, that's what I really struggle with!