How To Store Jewellery, Bags, Belts, Bangles

by Naina on January 29, 2011 · 97 comments

Storing your Accessories :)

Many of us here own an enviable amount of accessories .As much we love buying them and have fun wearing them, storing them can be a big pain. Remember the time when a particular piece of accessory matched your outfit perfectly, but you couldn’t wear it for the simple reason that you couldn’t find it.
Ideally accessories should be stored by colour or pattern to make locating it easy. But since there is a long time till I own a walk through closet or that amount of jewellery to be classified by colour or pattern, I stick to normal storage so as not to damage them. So, I would like to share some tips on storing accessories and show you how I store mine. :)
Storing accessories needs a little bit of planning as to how they should be sorted and organised to make sure that we find them when we actually need them.
1. Belts – I own just two belts so storing them is not an issue for me. Ideally belts should be hung on one hook each, to avoid muddling of buckles. Stashing them in a drawer is not a good idea. The buckles tend to lose their shine due to scratching and rubbing together. Also the belts might get entangled lessening their life span. The pictures below show ideal storage options.

how to store accessories belts

store belts

2. Bags- Bags need to be stored properly if we want them to last long. All expensive, or rather good quality bags come with their respective storage bags and it is best to keep them in those to protect from environmental damages like pollution and humidity. Also it is good to polish our leather bags once in a while to keep them new. I personally use Amway’s Leather & Vinyl cleaner to polish my leather bags.
Coming to the not so expensive ones, they are neatly stacked one on another. Clutches deserve special attention because they are not used often and are usually delicate. I happened to get the red bag with a wine bottle and have put it to good use. ;)
Here is what the bag section in my closet looks like –

how to store bags

how to store bags

3. Jewellery – Okay, this is the biggest challenge because we happen to own these more than belts or bags, or at least I do. For clarity sake, we divide jewellery into the following categories and then proceed to their storage.
• Trinkets – I have included all small jewellery here. Usually, they are delicate and expensive too. Storing them on a thin layer of cotton or a velvety box is good .It prevents damage due to friction and cotton prevents oxidisation, a good way to ensure your silver pieces stay intact.

how to store accessories - trinkets
I got this box with six varieties of handmade soaps, as a gift .You can take any compartmentalised box and make a cotton base to put the delicate items. It is not necessary to store such few items in each block. I did it just so that the picture comes out well. :P :P Have multiple boxes and stack them.

• Necklaces– They deserve special attention so that they don’t break while entangled. Also the beads need to be wiped with cotton regularly to prevent build up of dust thereby scratching the surface causing it to lose shine. My beaded jewellery goes into a cute box I got from Spain. It is lined with velvet inside so I don’t have to bother lining it with cotton.

how to store accessories - neck pieces

how to store accessories - neck pieces

Each necklace is coiled up and stored, more like what you see in the second rack. And about the photo, sorry, I was just being filmy filmy types. :|
The ones which you see above are delicate thus all the attention. The sturdy ones are hanged one on another on a hook on the inside of my closet door.

Three sets of hooks like these and most of my necklaces, baring the ultra delicate ones are sorted. It is important to keep an eye on wooden jewellery as they are prone to mites and insects. Never ever touch your wooden pieces with wet hands.

how to store accessories - neck pieces

• Earrings – These again get divided into studs, danglers and loops and so on. We will try to store them in such a manner that locating them will be easier.
My studs go into this box I picked up from an exhibition, priced at just Rs.150 .It really doesn’t hurt to buy them. They are great for travel because of compactness. I picked all the pieces that lady had. Kept a few and gifted the others. It opens out flat and folds up to become a small rectangle. Super Easy to store and carry too.

how to store accessories - earrings

I am a person who never throws away jewellery even if they are super outdated. So all the stuff I don’t wear often or I have grown out of goes into two hexagonal boxes picked up from a local shop for Rs.50 each.

How to Store accessories- earrings

Now, coming to jewellery I tend to reach out for more often. What I have done is just above where I have hung my necklaces, I put in two nails, cut up strips out of an old file, drew partitions ,punched it and my customised earring rack is ready. It is something like this.

how to store accessories earrings

how to store accessories earringshow to store accessories earrings

how to store accessories earrings

So this is how the inside of my closet door looks in totality. You can customize according to your requirements.

how to store accessories earrings

• Bangles – They will be again glass bangles and metal bangles. They can be a huge mess with all the clanking sound, breakage and everything. Glass bangles are best stored in separate compartment type’s drawers or boxes. I personally do not like the tree branch out type bangle stands available, just one time it tumbles over from the dresser, everything breaks. A box or a special bangle drawer is much safer. I have very few glass bangles, so they go into my mom’s drawer. She has a bangle drawer which looks like –

bangles

It is great if you can find a carpenter and get a similar thing done; else you can hammer open a hanger and use it as a bangle stand. I took a metal hanger, opened the knot below the ‘c’ by using a hammer and a nail puller. Something like –

bangles

You can hang these hangers in a corner of your wardrobe. Its cheap and very useful.
So this was it, hope I made some sense because it would have been very boring with just explanation so I included pictures of how I store my stuff. Hope it proves useful to you. :)

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Rati January 29, 2011 at 12:30 pm

:green: :green: :green: :green: :green: :green: :green: :green: :green: We are on no talking terms atleast for 6 months :green: :green: :green: :green:

SHOW OFF :spank:

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naina January 29, 2011 at 12:37 pm

:toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin:
i was just giving storage ideas O:) O:) O:) O:) O:) :tongue:

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Rati January 29, 2011 at 12:38 pm

yes yes I can see that :hunterwali: Btw where do you pick up stuff from. :D

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naina January 29, 2011 at 12:41 pm

anywhere .. am not showing off :toothygrin: :toothygrin: but it ranges from
‘high end malls’ to ‘cheapest galli nukkad shops’…

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Rati January 29, 2011 at 12:48 pm

geeee….. me wnat to go earrings shopping now. I forgot about The Body shop Sale. :D :D

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naina January 29, 2011 at 12:53 pm

go go .. accessories are so much funn !!!! :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

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Farha January 29, 2011 at 12:58 pm

Rati…have mailed u a query for ask imbb…pls post it today if possible…

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Rati January 29, 2011 at 12:37 pm

I loved the idea of cutting old files and punching the strips. It’s awesome…But i still dont like you :smug: :smug: :smug:

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naina January 29, 2011 at 12:59 pm

but i toh love you nooooooo :D :D :D :D

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Rati January 29, 2011 at 1:33 pm
Aditi January 29, 2011 at 12:45 pm

:hypnotized: :hypnotized: :hypnotized: :hypnotized: :hypnotized: :hypnotized:

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naina January 29, 2011 at 12:57 pm

:toothygrin:

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Aditi January 29, 2011 at 1:05 pm

naina gimme your emailid, ill send you my address….you can courier all this to me… :thanks:

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naina January 29, 2011 at 1:07 pm

okayyyy … u can courier me your entire year’s salary (after promotion wala) :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :*

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Aditi January 29, 2011 at 1:10 pm

:smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :duel: :duel: :duel: :duel:

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naina January 29, 2011 at 1:14 pm

:tongue: :tongue: :tongue:

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bulbul January 29, 2011 at 12:45 pm

hey, i like ur peacock feather and owl earrings. :happydance: where did u get them from? and i like ur necklaces. and thanks for the earrings hanging idea. i usually keep them in different envelops and put them in a box. and btw, i made a pair of peacock feather earrings myself. :toothygrin:

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Nikki January 29, 2011 at 12:48 pm

Perfect timing…i was going to organize my wardrobe today. You are an organizers dream! Have you considered professional organizing? Its a rage in the US.
Love the file strip idea btw.
Also, I want those peacock earrings. Where did u get them from?

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naina January 29, 2011 at 12:56 pm

:shy: :shy: :shy: :shy: thank youu sooo much nikki :D
i picked up original peacock feathers from rajasthan , cut them properly and gave to a sasta local jeweller to put the hooks :|

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Farha January 29, 2011 at 12:59 pm

Hain :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: ….u r soooooooo creative….My hubby got me sum eaaring frm Goa those are patla sea shells with hooks..u can make sum of ur own… :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin:

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Nikki January 29, 2011 at 1:01 pm

Clever! You should do a tutorial on jewellery design(or start selling custom jewellery).

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naina January 29, 2011 at 1:03 pm

umm… i have toyed with the idea of custom jewellery making but have kept it for later on.. thank youu , i feel so much more confident now :))
will surely do a tut next time i make something .

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bulbul January 29, 2011 at 6:58 pm

Naina, i made a peacock feather earrings-necklace set too. i saw one on a US shopping site. they were very expensive. so,i made one myself.it’s very easy and peacock feather is so inexpensive naa? but they are very light. what do u do to keep them hanging straight? ?:) ?:)

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naina January 29, 2011 at 7:05 pm

bulbul , i cut up squares of old velvet fabric, like make a sandwich with the peacock feather in between the velvet (the fluffy said facing the feathers) and this way you can store it anywhere.. if u want to hang it then u can cut old strips and punch them to make a hanger kinda thing.
it is best to keep light weight stuff horizontally stored, rather than hanging it.

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bulbul January 29, 2011 at 10:03 pm

thanks very much naina. i shall do the same. :thanks: :toothygrin: :rose:

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sireesha January 29, 2011 at 12:55 pm

costom earring hanger idea is sooooooppppeeeerrrr!!! :happydance: :bravo:

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naina January 29, 2011 at 1:14 pm

:happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance:

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flygirl January 29, 2011 at 1:05 pm

ye coollection humein de de nainaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa :woot: :woot: :woot:

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naina January 29, 2011 at 1:15 pm

:violinbash: :violinbash: nahiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn :violinbash: :violinbash:

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Janhavi January 29, 2011 at 1:06 pm

I need to that earring strip thing – its sheer genius !!!! :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo: :waytogo:

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naina January 29, 2011 at 1:08 pm

:shy: :shy: :shy:

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Tarry January 29, 2011 at 1:07 pm

rati,

u love earrings??? Send me ur address, here there is an exhibition with some exquisite earrings…. wud gift sm to u…. :waiting: :waiting: :waiting: :waiting:

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Nikki January 29, 2011 at 1:10 pm

Naina, what did you use to punch the holes in the file strip?

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naina January 29, 2011 at 1:13 pm

those office stationery punchers , i dono what to call it but the single punchers.. they work just fine

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Rima Kaur January 29, 2011 at 1:10 pm

lovely ideas !
and i really like those pink spiral earrings you have !

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naina January 29, 2011 at 1:16 pm

i used to love them too , but somehow i just grew out of it , maybe i should wearing them again.. :thanks:

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Aditi January 29, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Me going to churao your file strip and hanger wala idea today itself!! :smug:

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naina January 29, 2011 at 3:30 pm

:-* that will be a total pleasure

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ani January 29, 2011 at 1:14 pm

hi.. that was a great post. Rathi, can i post this page to my Facebook Handmade jewelery Page.
http://www.facebook.com/TanmayiHandmadeJewelery
need your permission.

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Rati January 29, 2011 at 8:47 pm

please go ahead. :)

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ani February 1, 2011 at 11:40 am

HEY!! thanks a lot…

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anks January 29, 2011 at 1:38 pm

what a collection Naina…. awesome….! i am totally gonna use some of your ideas….

and i totally dig your harry potter hooks…. i can’t decide what is better your earring collection or the custom storage idea!

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naina January 29, 2011 at 3:36 pm

geeeee.. i hate those harry potter hooks , i wanted something more fairy tale types.. but this is was the sturdiest of them all .. soo ..
:thanks:

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Giasaysthat January 29, 2011 at 2:06 pm

rati did you check the mail i sent you???
or did you receive it?? :whistle:

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Rati January 29, 2011 at 2:09 pm

yup!

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Giasaysthat January 29, 2011 at 2:07 pm

NAINA,
THAT’S SOOOOOOO ORGANIZED AND PRETTY!
You a have a lot of themmmmmm!!! :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot:
very pretty :yahoo:

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naina January 29, 2011 at 3:39 pm

:yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: thankooooo gia ..

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rids January 29, 2011 at 2:22 pm

jewellery box is sooo cute !!!!!! you have tons of accessories hehehe.. i hv none

i agree wid rati – SHOW OFF !! KATTI !!!!!!!!!

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naina January 29, 2011 at 3:40 pm

me nooo show off…. me helping making your home a more oraginsed place.. O:) O:) O:) :vampire: O:) O:) O:)

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veena January 29, 2011 at 2:33 pm

wadda collection :thanks: :thanks: for the tips , wil learn somehting from ya :handshake:

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naina January 29, 2011 at 3:37 pm

heheh .. yaa u learn .. i ll be all happy happy :happydance:

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ashna January 29, 2011 at 2:42 pm

hey gr 8 storage ideas i m also freeko organiser always into cleaning and organizing i loved all your ideas ………..i want that red box its so pretty. :inlove: :inlove: :inlove: ……right now i put my jewelley in the sectioned plastic container in zip locked polythene…….and i like the that punch ideas of holding purses right now i m using hangers to hang my purses …….!

plz do a article on organizing hair accessories also….

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naina January 29, 2011 at 3:35 pm

would love to do one on hair accessories .. :thanks: :thanks:

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Priya January 29, 2011 at 3:06 pm

nainaa…thats super organized…..btw i use the hanger for my neck piecessss…..rest is all over the place….. ;-) ;-)

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naina January 29, 2011 at 3:34 pm

as per nikki’s idea , i have decided to go into professional organising , i can arrange stuff for you … charges – 1000 for every piece i arrange :yelo: :yelo: :yelo: :yelo: :yelo: :yelo: :yelo: :yelo: :yelo: :yelo: :yelo: :yelo: :yelo: :yelo: :yelo: :yelo: :yelo: :yelo:

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Priya January 29, 2011 at 8:43 pm

hawww…i missed this comment….naina…. :duel: :duel: :duel: :duel:

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naina January 29, 2011 at 8:47 pm

:happydance: :happydance: :happydance:

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Ankita January 29, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Enviable collection of accessories Naina! You’ve given us all such simple useful ideas here!! Thanks!

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naina January 29, 2011 at 3:32 pm

:D :D :D :shy:

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bhumika January 29, 2011 at 3:30 pm

naina u have an awesum collection…loved ur earrings box..evn i store small small trinkets in plastic boxes…!!

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naina January 29, 2011 at 3:31 pm

:thanks: :thanks: hain na??? its so convenient :toothygrin:

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Bee January 29, 2011 at 7:26 pm

wowwww grt storage ways yaa- my jewellery to either keeps lying around or in some box I dont know-
I ruined my lovely silver hoops recently :((

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naina January 29, 2011 at 8:17 pm

awww.. :((

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Natasha January 29, 2011 at 8:06 pm

hiiiiiiiiiii naina…..how are u cute post :)

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naina January 29, 2011 at 8:16 pm

m good nuts , wer have u been ?? :))

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Natasha January 29, 2011 at 8:18 pm

me cooking up a surprise for imbb whole day today…worked very hard on it :(( u will see it soon :toothygrin:

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naina January 29, 2011 at 8:20 pm

how sooonnn ??? wowww !!!! surprise !!!! :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

post phassstttlyyyyyyyy :D :D

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Rati January 29, 2011 at 8:27 pm

:toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin:

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naina January 29, 2011 at 8:30 pm

now i am like sooooooper excited …. post phasstlyyy .. me staring staring and refrshing page .. :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

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Natasha January 29, 2011 at 8:32 pm

:lol2: :lol2: :lol2: u so cuteeee naina :-*

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naina January 29, 2011 at 8:39 pm

:jump: :jump: :jump: :jump: :jump: :joker:

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Rati January 29, 2011 at 8:42 pm
naina January 29, 2011 at 9:12 pm

nuts sayin she give surprise but no giving any surprise…
JAAGO GRAHAK JAAGO :spank: :spank: :spank: :spank:

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Natasha January 29, 2011 at 8:07 pm

i can see u do a lot of bhikari hauls regularly :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin:

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naina January 29, 2011 at 8:15 pm

hehehehhehehee… :yelo:

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calicoaster January 29, 2011 at 8:16 pm

:lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2:

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naina January 29, 2011 at 8:21 pm

don laugh at me … datty girls.. :smug: :smug:

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Neha S. January 29, 2011 at 8:24 pm

1stly :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: ur sooo neat and organised!! i dont evn come close… im feeling abd for the way i stash my jewellry .. :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep:

2ndly :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: :jaiho: loved ur earring hanger idea!! superb!! :woot: :woot:

and evn i want that red compact box for studs… :( i wish i could get it …my studs get lost bigtime!!

and nice collection btw .. loved ur earrings,necklaces and big bags.. especially that yellow one on top :inlove:

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Rati January 29, 2011 at 8:31 pm

she just organized it to show off :secret2: :secret2:

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naina January 29, 2011 at 8:38 pm

hehhehehee… noooo !!! my wardrobe is always sooper organised, my room is a junk yard… rati , me no show offf .. sachii.. :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :vampire:
:thanks: :thanks: :thanks: neha :kissing: :kissing:

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Rads January 29, 2011 at 9:28 pm

:green: :green: :green: :green: :green: :green: :green: :green: :spank :spank: :spank: :spank: :spank: :spank: I want ebbbbbberrrrything :spank: :spank: :spank: :spank: You come to my house and arrange everything for me naaa…is so neat and nice..and I liked those mirchi ear rings :toothygrin: :toothygrin: :toothygrin: I didnt get the time to see all the articles today…am :ghost2: :ghost2: :ghost2: :ghost2: :ghost2:

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naina January 29, 2011 at 9:51 pm

hehehehe.. i know u were bhery busy …. rati is also bheezhiiii ….looking at rani’s lovely lovely :lol2:

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Elena January 30, 2011 at 5:26 pm

great collection! and so organized!

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Aarthi January 31, 2011 at 4:58 am

I really like people who are v organized. Grt work :yes: :yes: I loved the bangle storage the best of all. All your rose studs were :heart: :green: :green: :green:

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sharmila February 28, 2012 at 1:45 pm

loved ur ideas..thanks a lott:-)

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naina January 29, 2011 at 1:01 pm

thanks priya :)) i got it from spain :))

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naina January 29, 2011 at 3:38 pm

hihihihi , u spanking yourself :lol: … get organised , trust me its a great feeling… :woot:

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