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Organizing Jewelry Supplies: Five Top Tips You’ll Use!

Figuring how to organize any craft supplies can be daunting . . . here are my top tips for organizing jewelry supplies so you can use them with ease!

5 Tips for Organizing Jewelry Supplies

Organizing. It’s a big, all-encompassing, scary word for some of us. Because some of us – and I’m not naming any names – aren’t that good at it. Or maybe it’s that I don’t know where to begin.

But sometimes you just have to begin, and since it’s National Organization Month, I decided to dive in. One area that’s needed some big time help in my craft studio for quite awhile is my jewelry supplies.

I haven’t made jewelry in so long and there’s a very specific reason why:

Random metal jewelry findings in a clear plastic bag

When you have pathetic wads of supplies, cording, metal, etc. in plastic bags . . . it’s not good for anyone. It’s not conducive to making jewelry and honestly, I’ve just avoided the whole situation.

Hence, I haven’t made jewelry in years. So it was time to clean it up.

Cr8ated Storage

For this month’s Michaels Makers challenge, we tackled organization. Um, sign me up! I headed to Michaels with the very specific idea of organizing small jewelry items, and before my very eyes was this beauty:

Creative Options Large Rack System

Have you seen it? It’s the Creative Options Large Rack System – and it’s amazing. Without sounding too much like a commercial, I have to tell you about this thing . . it’s got bulk storage up top and three utility boxes – two deep and one standard. I don’t know about you, but it’s perfect for holding a wide variety of jewelry supplies. It holds my collection perfectly.

Check out some pictures:

Creative Options Large Rack System Jewelry Organizer
Large jewelry organizer with plastic containers and compartments

It took me about 45 minutes to organize my entire jewelry stash. These are the steps I went through, and are (coincidentally) also my top five tips for organizing my jewelry supplies. Here’s what I did.

How to Organize Jewelry Supplies

1. Decide on vertical or horizontal organization.

This could go for any organizing, but people definitely have their strong opinions on how they want their jewelry to be organized. Some like trays that are stacked, but other people like to spread their trays out in drawers so they can see absolutely everything.

For me, my craft studio is a huge warehouse with tall ceilings, so I always go vertical with storage. I’d rather use a stool to access shelves than spread it all out. That’s what drew me to the Creative Options container – it stacks your trays and works like a tool box, which I like.

2. Inventory your components and then purchase containers.

All my stuff fits in my organizer, but you might find you need more organizers, or different trays, etc. Be mentally prepared to go back to the store a few times, because it’s HARD to inventory jewelry.

There are a lot of pieces and parts. Do your best and at least take a peek at your supplies so you can get a general idea. You don’t want to leave the store with 5 containers when you need 30!

3. Make sure your containers have dividers.

I thought I’d fill the small compartments right away and they wouldn’t be big enough. I was wrong. My Creative Options containers came with dividers and I could adjust to different sizes which I liked . . . and I need more small compartments than I thought. The dividers are key.

4. Organize by color, size, or type (or all three).

This made the most sense to me. If you have a LOT of goodies, you might want to purchase a container for each color. For me, I have just enough jewelry supplies for the three containers, so I organized (at first) not by color and size but by type.

Gold chains went together, cabochons, charms . . . if there were too many for a compartment, I’d divide them out by color and size. It worked great.

Oh, and if you do this, you’ll end up finishing at a different place than you start. You’ll end up combining compartments, adding more inserts – it’s part of the process! Anything you switch – you can switch back.

5. Don’t be afraid to use tiny containers within larger containers.

I did remove most items from their packaging, but some things (like certain chains) were left in their packages.

Then you can also purchase (at Michaels) smaller 1″ containers that work great in larger compartments. This is where the multiple trips to the store could come in handy. Sometimes you just have to get started and see what you need.

Organizing jewelry tools
Organizing jewelry making supplies

So what do you think? Now that we’ve talked about organizing jewelry supplies, you might like some other posts! Here are some ideas from the blog:


Sunday 23rd of October 2022

That's great if you don't have a lot of supplies... But I need help with a much larger quantity.. I've purchased many containers with dividers even from the fishing section which tends to be cheaper. But I've got an issue where I'll set up to start making jewelry and something will happen and I'll have to quickly clean up and that's when everything goes into one jar now I have many jars of everything and it will take me a year or two to just undo all of the mess I've made. My advice to anyone is don't start any jars of everything LOL take your time and put stuff up where it belongs and you'll save yourself a hassle in the long run. The containers showing above is an excellent container I have a similar one it's just I don't want to have six or seven of them I need something about 10 times larger but not as large as a cabinet. Help LOL!

Dottie Tincher

Wednesday 3rd of November 2021

Hey I hv the creative options container you was talkin bout. Plus a bigger one just like it from Harbor Freight, but wat do you do when u hv an overwhelming amount of jewelry making supplies a crazy amount of organizational supplies but no sense of organization? Im stuck I want everything organized but Idk wat to do. I hv everything to do it with I guess just to overwhelmed to know how to start or anything any advice?


Saturday 6th of November 2021

Hi Dottie! I think with jewelry the best thing to do is place similar things in piles so you know what you need. Sometimes the mess gets worse before it gets better. What I do is set everything out (clear myself a big space on the floor or table) and start grouping. Some things will need to be combined (if you only have a few bracelet clasps, maybe they can be combined with other bracelet parts). Decide if you want to sort by size, color, etc. Get it all laid out first. That is how I start. Then I can see what I have. For me, that is what I need to do to get rolling (I also have a problem with organization and being overwhelmed).