Help! How can I pack my jewelry for my move?

United States
May 16, 2008 12:16am CST
Hi myLot friends. I will be moving in 2 weeks and I need to pack my jewelry. How on earth do I pack jewelry so as to not end up with a tangled wad of necklaces and earrings strewn everywhere? I will carry the jewelry in my car rather than placing it on the moving van. I have quite a bit of jewelry...help...give me your ideas!
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@rx4life (1933)
• United States
16 May 08
If you don;t have boxes for it all here's what I did in an emergency!!! I rooled towels up on put neclaces around the rolls and pinned them..I took towels and laid them out and pushed all my earrings through the towels with the backs on the other side...I rolled towels small for bracelets and treated them like the necklaces..the earring towels i rolled carefully and placed in my car..Mine were in perfect order when I arrived at my new place...Pins can be pinned on the towels like the earrings..I liked the earrings displayed in color groups so well that after I moved I made a hanging version with a nice padded hanger and a lovely thick fabric and hung them on the back of the door in my room...they were easy to find, easy to return to their storage and easy to see when one or more were missing!!! It was a last minute thing..but it worked wonderfully. I have 2 friends that still use the rolled towels to transport necklaces even for travel!!! Good luck!!! It sounds crazy but it worked!!
• United States
16 May 08
Great idea...thanks!!! So ingenious. What is it they say, "necessity is the mother of invention."
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@goldeneagle (6775)
• United States
16 May 08
I would suggest placing the necklaces individually into ziplock bags. for the earrings, you can use old 35mm film canisters if you can find some, or you can put them into empty pill bottles if you happen to have any. Another good option for the earrings is one of those daily pill organizers. You can get one at walmart, or any pharmacy. They are divided into tiny compartment to put your pills in for each day of the week. Use one compartment for each pair of earrings if they are small enough. You can also get one of those PLANO tackle boxes to put everything in.
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@aiyreen (286)
• Philippines
16 May 08
insert the necklace inside a straw so that it won't tangle up. about the earrings, i think you can just put every pair in a small zip lock bag. you can do the same with the necklaces too... then you can put everything in a box or plastic boxes.
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@tentwo67 (3384)
• United States
16 May 08
They sell those jewelry rolls for travel that help keep everything straight. If you do have a ton of jewelry, perhaps too much to buy enough of those to work, then maybe you could examine one in a store and then come up with your own version at home? Another thought is that you could get some of those plastic bins that are divided into a bunch of little squares and carefully put one necklace in each square or something like that? My final thought comes from my adventures with Fly Lady, and it is when you move it is an opportunity to re-examine your stuff and only move that which you love and will use. If you have a ton of jewelry but there's some of it you don't use or no longer love, then maybe those pieces need new homes and then you wouldn't have as much to move? However you decide to handle this, good luck with your move!
@tentwo67 (3384)
• United States
16 May 08
One more idea... lots (and lots?) of ziploc bags?
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@meiteoh (421)
• Switzerland
16 May 08
I packed them up into tiny paper bags, bind the top and arrange them into a plastic container like Tupperware or those IKEA storage bins before labelling them. I used to have a display thing for my earrings but I couldn't take it when I move so the next best thing was to pack them up in bags which I could reuse again after I got set up at the new place.
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@GardenGerty (96662)
• Marion, Kansas
16 May 08
Slip the chains of necklaces into soda straws. Buy a piece of plastic canvas and put the earrings on it, in rows. It is cheap and you can do several layers if you have that many, then lay them one on top of the other in a flat box. How did I miss that you are moving?
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@Modestah (11192)
• United States
16 May 08
Gerty brilliant ideas! the plastic canvas is such a simple method and so genius. I see someone above also mentioned the necklaces in a straw. I would have never thought of that.
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• United States
16 May 08
Gerty, I love the idea about plastic canvas. To think, I just sold about 25 sheets at our 'moving sale.' Now I have to go buy a few sheets! Geeze...oh well, I am doing my part to stimulate the economy! Ha!
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@Modestah (11192)
• United States
16 May 08
Or cover a piece of cardboard with flannel and pin the necklaces to the board from their top to their bottoms - attach a few flaps of denim material (pockets off of old jeans?) and secure the post earrings into these flaps? the jewelry pins can be stuck into the board as well.
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@Hatley (164755)
• Garden Grove, California
16 May 08
crazynurse years ago my mom gave me a jewelry case for Christmas and its always kept my necklaces from tangling and my earrings together. each compartment is shaped for that particular type of jewelry. It would fit in the glove compartment of your car easily. if you have a lot of jewelry yoou may need two or three but they are not that expensive and they are a great way to store your jewelry at home too.
• United States
16 May 08
When I made the very long move to Tennessee from NJ, CrazyN, I used sctoch tape and poster board for my necklaces that would get all wound and tangled.. It did a great job, but I pack them in a box with linens flat also. you might be able to use smaller boards you can pack in the car.
• United States
16 May 08
I trusted the van over the car, I was afraid the car might break down and we would have to leave it, or have it towed and my jewelry would have been out of my sight. I do not envy you this move at all.
• United States
4 Dec 09
A good way to pack earring is to pair them attacked to buttons before u pack them into plastic bags. I like the idea about the strws and TP rolls for the necklaces.
@CatsandDogs (13964)
• United States
17 May 08
Do what I did! Take a piece of cardboard and tape each necklace at the top and at the base of the chain to the cardboard. That way they won't touch each other and won't be swinging around and won't get tangled. However if they were to ever get tangled and looking hopeless, my mother gave me a wonderful idea that really works! Use a stick pin, the kind you use when sewing and pick it apart slowly. Eventually you'll get them untangled. I had a few tangled so bad from a vacation trip that I thought they'd never be untangled and her idea worked like a charm!
@RenaeT (688)
• United States
17 May 08
We've moved so many times, and each time, it has been a struggle to figure out what to do with my necklaces. One time, I laid them in a shoe box and stuffed it very tightly with socks so the necklaces couldn't move and tangle. Tape the lid closed! Then, one time, I got really creative. I got some drinking straws and put one end of the necklace through the straw and latch the necklace. It is IMPOSSIBLE for them to tangle that way. But, that was very time consuming to do. As for earrings, I don't have large earrings, or dangly earrings, so they weren't any problem. I think putting them between clothing that is packed tightly should do it. Or, you could buy the snack sized zip locks and put each pair of earrings in their own bag. I hope that helps!!
@Trace86 (5034)
• United States
16 May 08
When I moved, I took a big towel and layed it stretched out on the bed. I started at one end and lined up a row of jewels. Then I made a small roll and added more jewelry and kept rolling and adding until I was finished. Then I folded it in half and tied the end with yarn. When I got to my new home, I untied and unrolled it and put all my sparklies back into their rightful home in my jewelry armoire. Good Luck!
@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
16 May 08
Here's an easy way to do it....use your empty t.p. and paper towel rolls and put the thin chain through the hole and reclasp. If you don't have enough empty rolls, then use plain old straws for the thinnest of the necklaces. Slide the one side of the chain down and through the straw and then reclasp. This method keeps any chains from tangling up at all. Chunkier necklaces and bracelets work well on the tp rolls. (You can always cut the straw or tp roll to size if it's too long) Then all you have to do is take a scarf, or towel or something, lay the encased necklaces in a row, and gently roll them up into the towel. That way they're safe from getting beat up on the move, and they will not tangle at all. For earrings, one good way is to use an empty egg carton to store them in for the move. After filling the slots up with the earrings, lay a paper towel over top so they can't move around in there, and then rubberband the top so it can't spill out anywhere in the car. At least this is what I always do when I'm moving, it's always worked well for me lol. I had no idea that you were busy with moving! Good luck on your move!