Organize Your Beads and Charms

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susanstars Susan Beal, contributor
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I like to keep my larger beads organized by color. Here is one of my green-bead boxes.
This is my metal charm box. I try to organize my charms in categories so that I can easily locate particular pieces when I want them.
I organize my chains the same way i organize my beads.
I like to keep my larger beads organized by color. Here is one of my green-bead boxes.

I like to keep my larger beads organized by color. Here is one of my green-bead boxes.

Photo: Susan Beal

To keep all of my beading treasures organized I like to use inexpensive embroidery floss organizers with snap-tight lids to store beads and all other small jewelry bits and pieces. The boxes stack neatly and don't take up much room, and the plastic is clear enough to see the colors or shapes through them.

I separate medium and large beads by color. I consolidate beads if I have just a couple of one or another left over, which seems to work well.
I also keep metal charms and vintage bits and pieces in the same style of box, loosely organizing them by type—like miraculous medals, lockets, leaves, and flowers.
And I do the same thing for my seed beads, but I keep them in small plastic bags within the compartments to avoid potential disasters.

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purplbutrflyjewelry writes: I love the idea of sorting beads according to their color. I recently organized my jewelry shelf and used this method to organize my beads. I posted the outcome onto the gallery:
http://www.craftstylish.com/item/8461/jewelry-shelf

I also sited this post on my jewelry blogsite:
http://purplbutrflyjewelry.blogspot.com/2008/09/all-done-up.html

Thanks for this input!
Posted: 1:37 am on September 5th
1BlindPotter writes: I use this method too. I was asked by someone to make a name badge necklace in purple and blue, so started separating my beads by color so I knew what I have!
Posted: 10:46 am on August 8th
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