I have a fetish for the sort of costume jewelry you can buy for $4 at Claire's, and whenever I add a new piece to my collection it goes in the same place as all my other cheap jewelry: tossed in a box on my dresser. This was supposed to be a temporary storage solution, although I don't think I can still call it temporary if I used it for two and a half years; and not surprisingly, the box of necklaces became hopelessly snarled.
This week I finally made myself clean my bedroom, which is where clutter goes to die, and I decided to finally do something about the snarled box of jewelry. For less than ten bucks, I picked up a pack of cork tiles, a box of cup hooks, and some cute scrapbook paper, and here is what I ended up with:
Not a snarled mess! Huzzah!
I made it by gluing the scrapbook paper to the cork tiles, then screwing in the cup hooks. Easy peasy. I had hoped to be able to use the adhesive strips that were packaged with the cork tiles to stick 'em to the wall, but the cup hooks were just a smidge deeper than the cork and they poked out the back; so I ended up nailing them to the wall. Probably sturdier that way, anyway.
Also on my dresser: on the left - my wooden jewelry box; a college photo of my mom; my mom's blue jewelry box; and a stack of whatever books I'm reading. On the right - the boxes where I toss my clutter, formerly including my snarled necklaces.
The dresser was $20 at Goodwill and desperately needs to be refinished. It's on my When I Have Free Time list, right under Learn To Sew and Write Memoirs.
While we're up here, would you like to see the rest of my room? Quick, before I fill it with mess again?
Here's my bed:
That's right - Where The Magic Happens. Hee.
The pillows don't usually actually live on the bed, but I made it pretty, just for you.
Here's Peter, awed by the cleanliness:
Here's the opposite corner, and the Dali poster I got in college:
And here is some art from Target, which I affectionally call I See London, I See France:
And here is an arty shot of my bedpost:
There you have it! Now, off to fill it back up with crap.