Really simple organization technique here. I've done this for years, but at a recent dinner party someone asked me to share with the rest of the world!
If you're anything like me, jewelry left to its own devices means necklaces in a big tangled mess or earrings without a back or missing a partner. This method takes very little time (maybe 10 minutes tops) and effort, and uses stuff you probably already have lying around the house.
You need to have:
-Ribbon (or string, or twine or whatever you want really)
-Thumbtacks (or pushpins, or nails or screws or anything else that you can push into a wall)
You need to do:
1) Find a wall*, preferably somewhere in the bathroom or near a mirror you use in the morning.
2) Cut the ribbon 1/4 to 1/2 an inch longer than the space you have available to account for space to clasp necklaces around and the weight of the jewelry.
3) Hang the ribbon up with thumbtacks.
4) Organize your jewelry. Clasp the necklaces around the ribbon or hang claspless ones on the thumbtacks. Pierce the ribbon with the earrings.
*This could also be done on corkboard to avoid poking holes in your walls!
Et voilà! Organizing jewelry never looked so good! (Well, unless you're referring to only earrings, in which case Katydid might have me beat!)