Saturday, May 23, 2009

Pegboard Turned Organizer

Good morning, HLA land! I am back after a long hiatus from making a post! This past week I have been getting acquainted here at UT Arlington and have been without access to the Internet. I'm back now, though- have no fear!

The weekends for me usually include a bit of cleaning and re-organizing from the whirlwind of the previous week. For that reason, I'm going to share with you all an organization idea that a friend of mine shared with me a few months ago. It involves jewelry, though I think you could stretch it to include any number of things.

My friend from college, Ashley, has a lot of jewelry (like many of us) and was looking for a way to organize it so she could walk in first thing in the morning and just grab the pieces she wanted to wear that day. I know for me, with my jewelry box, I spend half of my time trying to find a matching pair of earrings or pulling apart necklaces to get at the one that I want. Well, with her solution of a pegboard, that problem is solved! Easy access= saved time each morning! With the discussion of budgets in mind yesterday, this organization solution is also cheap and budget-friendly!


Here's what you will need. Simply make a short trip to Home Depot to pick up a 2x4 sheet of pegboard (less than $5). If it's more than you need or if you want to fit a limited space, just ask them to cut it to size. This is a service that they will provide for you, free of charge! You can buy the pegboard in white instead of the industrial color, but you could also consider painting it to match or accent the walls of the room in which you will hang the board. The other supplies you will need include 1/2 inch boards or 1 inch by 1 inch boards on the sides to stick the pegboard out from the wall. If you screw the pegboard directly to the wall, you won't be able to put the hooks through the holes in the pegboard. You will also need hardware to hang the board, a screwdriver, and the hooks to hang the jewelry.

The hooks come in a variety of sizes, so you can buy exactly what you need to fit the space in a way that makes sense for you and your jewelry! For some people, they have a lot of long necklaces, so they need more hanging space so the necklaces don't get tangled. For others (like Ashley), they have more earrings and Ashley created a solution for storage with an ice cube tray!

What about the rest of you? Do you have a way to store your jewelry that you want to share with all of us? Any other organization tips for the day? (Kat, I am sharing this organization idea with you in mind! Happy Fish-food!)

Have a great Memorial Day weekend, everyone!

Signing off until Monday with the song of the weekend...

11 comments:

cassie p said...

OOOH I like this idea! My jewelry box is disorganized too. Its the earrings Im always untangling that really get to me. Ill have to keep this idea in the back of my mind! Thanks Katie!

Tera said...

One of my friends had a HUGE pegboard in his kitchen and hung pots and pans from it. We all know what a pain it is to put pots/pans and lids together in the cupboard...they take up so much space.

Off to Erie.........

Cheryl said...

I just saw a peg board in a photo for organizing a craft room!

The previous owner installed peg board on wall of the garage. I semi utilize it with the few gardens tools I have... but the peg board also covered a plug... if there ever was a plug on that wall.

I would have to paint mine or do something to pretty it up. :)

Jewelry... all of mine which isn't really all that much... is tucked away in boxes and drawers because there was a phase when everyone was giving me jewelry boxes. You could also use this to store belts, ties and SCARVES.

Glad you're settling in Katie! Can't wait to actually SEE you. :)

Katie K said...

Good morning, everyone! Tera, I love the idea of using this for pots and pans! I will most certainly have to keep that in mind.

Cheryl, I can't wait to see you, too!

b.k.root said...

I bought some of those big 3M hooks to use to hang some of my big kitchen utensils... it worked pretty well.

Kat said...

Thanks! I am actually re-doing the half bath as "my" bathroom and was thinking about fun ways to organize it! I can totally picture using this idea on a particular wall. I don't wear a very big variety of earrings, but I love the ice cube tray! I can see myself using it for rings and pins too.

heather said...

This is a fun idea...Cheryl we had one in the garage as well and used it for tools, garden tools, plastic bags...just about anything. I can see using it to organize any number of things...

Peggy said...

I like PEG boards!!!!

I helped my friend, who is a bead jewelry maker install a wall like this in her craft space... she would hang all her beads by color and size to see them all at once and be inspired!! At times it was like a piece of eclectic artwork!

My jewelry hangs of the edge of my dresser mirror, in a box and in a drawer... nothing special.

Cheryl said...

I must have just skipped right over the ice tray part- I like that!

Chaotic said...

I have my necklaces on a spool organizer (think sewing) that are attached to the wall... Karen painted them 3 diferent colors for me & hung them up. :-) Earrings are in a tackle box type of flat dealie, as are bracelets (keeps them from tangling) altho I must say, the thought of turning the back of my closet door into an entire peice of pegboard makes me smile!

heather said...

Oooh Chaotic, I like the spool idea...that's brilliant!