5 Ways to Organize and Showcase Accessories in Decor

Check out the accessories on *that* woman.

If you have more jewelry, hats and purses than you know what to do with, this post is for you.

Let’s say you have an affinity for accessory collecting. You’re not full-blown Hoarders level, but you’ve been known to… dabble.

Suddenly, your grandma’s sentimental heirloom necklace, once delicately draped on a dish, is swallowed into an accessory abyss.

Anybody? Only Monday through Friday?

As an avid accessory collector, I can relate. Will I splurge on a nice pair of earrings? Only on my wedding day [if $60 at J.Crew counts].

Will I spend just a few bucks here and there on god-awful-gaudy jewelry for that one event—a dozen times a year?

I’ll corroborate with Suntrust and circle back.

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How can we channel our decorative expressions into aesthetically-pleasing and functional setups?

I decided the best way to hold myself accountable of actually keeping my accessories organized was to move them into my home office, my full-time professional sanctuary. Instead of haphazardly hurling them into the daunting darkness of my bedroom closet.

*Gets distracted by shiny objects in home office.* Where were we?

Here’s what I did, and what you can do, to organize your accessories while showing them off.

HIDE. Hide main accessories in a chic statement organizer.


Hide the majority of your jewelry in an organizer disguised as a chic statement. This cowhide box is where most of my jewelry, sunglasses and headbands are stowed.

If you’ve curated yourself quite the collection of accessories like I have, you’ll probably need something larger than a standard jewelry box.

I recommend desktop organizers [which I think is technically what this box is] or large jewelry boxes with drawers. Drawers help divide accessories up into compartments so they’re less apt to tangle.

As you’re organizing, set aside some of your favorite pieces to keep on display.

DISPLAY. Display favorites visibly in acrylic or glass.

Whether it tells a story, holds sentimental value or is frequently used, contemplate what pieces are worth keeping on display. Clear materials like acrylic and glass are the best contenders for keeping them visible yet organized, creating an illusion of openness. Bonus: they’re timeless.

STACK. Stack items to make the most of vertical space.

Stack jewelry boxes and books to capitalize on vertical space and balance visible weight. It’s another opportunity to showcase pieces you’re fond of, like I did with my wedding day clutch.

*Brief intermission while I indulge myself.*

Stacks on stacks on stacks on stacks.

And we’re back.

DRAPE. Drape accessories and jewelry on and in vignettes.

This is my favorite way to display accessories because of how much room for creativity there is.

Exhibit A: the thrift store fur stole that [I seriously will wear some day] I draped onto a bust statue. Both items cost next to nothing, yet create the entire focal point of the room.

Exhibit B: the purple suede bow [actually a bracelet of mine] tied around a glass vase [an authentic Mexican tequila bottle for 50 cents from a garage sale].

Exhibit C: the series of thrift vintage ash trays that I’ve draped necklaces and earrings over.

Exhibit D: the neck scarf [another example of the face art trend] draped over my jewelry organizer.

HANG. Hang hats and purses on walls and shelves.

Stick with me here.

Your gut reaction may be that hanging accessories on the wall is tacky.

To each their own.

However, when used in moderation, I think a piece hung here or there gives the space authenticity and personality.

It also gives you the chance to create a mini wall vignette. I used a floating bookshelf as a stage for some fashion books, florals and my [other] favorite leopard print purse.

It’s not something you see everyday, so it gets the conversation started.

And that’s working the room.

Here’s what it looks like altogether.

There you have it—5 tips to help you avoid an accessory abyss. I hope they inspired you to organize yours while letting them see the light of day when you’re not wearing them.

Do you have any an organization tactics you use? Let me know in the comments!

Get to work!