I’m going to let you in on a little secret.
Contrary to popular belief (much thanks to the Pioneer Woman, I think) most rancher’s wives I know, don’t have big sprawling homes, with hundred thousand dollar kitchens, or a guest house in which to cook. Most of us don’t have huge homes at all. The average American home is about 2700 sq ft. Ours is barely over 1100 with 4 bedrooms and 2 baths.
The “master” is 11.5 x 11.5 with a 5×7 bath and a closet that’s about 2 feet deep by 54 inches wide- nice, right? So, as you can see, space is at a premium here. I see nothing wrong with compact homes, but every inch of space must be utilized efficiently. I am certain I’m not alone in my predicament.
I will admit, I’m not one of the world’s best housekeepers either. I like things to be neat as a rule, but clean isn’t something I aspire to do (save for the kitchen). I live in gumbo country, on a ranch, off a gravel road. Dirt is part of my life. The sooner one embraces that, the sooner one can be happy.
I’ve run into quite a snag with where to put my jewelry- not only the jewelry I keep and make for myself, but the pieces I make to sell too. I obviously have limited storage space. This past week, we made a trip to Rapid City, where I picked up a large number of accessories for my upcoming craft fair booth (I promise, there will be more on this later). The accessories I chose, will look great in the booth, and when not in use there, because I’m low on space, will pull double duty as storage in the master bedroom.
I have this really pretty antique dresser in our room, and the top of it has become the catch all for stuff. Jewelry, books, trash, who knows, really. It got completely out of control. Warning- the following pictures show a mess.
Pardon the dust.
Yeah, it’s a mess. You were forewarned.
And now, it looks like this:
I didn’t take photos of how I organized the wall, but I will tell you how I started.
I started with putting the red mirror, in a place where I could easily see myself, because that’s what a mirror is for, after all.
Then I placed the three round metal/crystal hangers.
Once that was done, I put up the pretty turquoise door pulls:
I placed those in a location where I could put long necklaces, since the other side of the wall has the light-switch.
After those were up, I added these cute little floral crown hangers.
These are good for hanging shorter items.
I gave everything a good dusting, threw away all the trash, put the nook in a new location, along with the camera lenses (someday, y’all, I WILL have an office/studio for such things), and then sorted through all my earrings, that were previously, just set in the bottom of the silver trays that held each cross.
Cuffs and bracelets found a new place to live- on the crosses:
Earrings and rings now live in two cute little boxes:
And that’s actually a good place for silver, since oxygen and light make them tarnish faster.
Now, I have a pretty place to put my jewelry, stay organized, and get ready for my day!
How have you utilized the space, or lack-thereof, in your home?