Simple Hook Earring Organizer + some great organizing advice!

Hello!  So remember back in June on my birthday I asked for all your suggestions on how to make a hook earring organizer?  Well I finished it and completely forgot to update you all on what I did.  Turns out the best advice I got was to keep it simple so that’s what I did.  This means it’s not fancy BUT it is functional and that should always be a first concern when coming up with any organizational system.

In today’s Pinterest world it’s so easy to get overwhelmed and jealous of all the amazing projects out there.  I know for a fact that many people let it hold them back from getting organized because if they can’t have or make what they think is most ideal, they’ll choose to do nothing at all instead.  That’s not good but maybe this great organizing advice will help:

Doing nothing will keep you disorganized and in chaos, getting started and doing something will lead to sanity and order.

Doing something is far better than doing nothing towards reaching your goal.  I’ve come to embrace this myself each day as I work towards my weight loss goal.  And it’s working!!

From the very beginning of this blog (that’s 8 years ago people!) I’ve been a HUGE advocate of making do with what you have and what you can afford when it comes to organizing storage.  Check out this post I wrote back in 2007.  And I do try to follow my own advice but even I need a little reminder once and awhile 🙂

So I started out my earring organizer project with these materials.

Earring Holder Challenge 2

My dilemma came in trying to put it all together.  I wanted it to be fancy (read more about what I was trying to do HERE) but in trying to accomplish that I ended up procrastinating getting it done.  That’s usually my first clue that I’m trying to make something more complicated than it needs to be.  It was time to scale back and either quit the project or get it done already.  I decided to nix the fabric (it was too busy for this project) and just attach the white wire piece to the tray by simply tying some string to the handles on each side.  No fuss, no muss and done.

Here’s the finished project:

DIY-Hook-Earring-Organizer and some great organizing advice

The tray was from a garage sale and the wire basket was from Value Village so this project was very inexpensive to make.

DIY Hook Earring Organizer 4

DIY Hook Earring Organizer 3

DIY Hook Earring Organizer 2

It might not be fancy but it is definitely functional and that in my book is what counts the most.

It’s now hanging in my closet on the back wall and it’s super easy to access the earrings I want to wear each morning.  PLUS it’s super easy to put my earrings away at night which is another important part to the success of any organizing project.

Is perfection keeping you from organizing a space?  What one thing can you do right now to change that?

Linking up: Your Homebased Mom

Filed under: Containerizing


5 Responses to Simple Hook Earring Organizer + some great organizing advice!

  1. 1
    Jessica says

    I love it Laura!! I love anything with wood:). I have an earring holder made from a thrift store 10 by 13 picture frame with chicken wire tacked to the back.

  2. 2
    Amy Faulkner says

    Looks great! I never thought about the fabric being too busy, but I definitely love the plain wood look. Did you do anything in particular to flatten out the curve in the mesh before attaching it?

  3. 3
    Veggiemomof2 says

    Even better would be if the wire & the tray were the same color so that the only thing that really pops out is the earrings. (I get sight overload)

  4. 4
    Marcia Francois says

    YAY, i love that you just got it done with what you have.

    PS I still get people (readers of the newsletter or blog) emailing me about my greeting card organising system (just a cardboard box inside a drawer with cardboard dividers) where I said don’t wait for perfect 🙂

  5. 5
    Sarah says

    What a great idea Laura! It looks great! The fact that it’s in your closet means it doesn’t have to be super pretty because no one will see it. But if you wanted to you could just use some spray paint to make it all one color, or one for the wood tray and one for the wire. Super easy and inexpensive!


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