This is not a sponsored post. The opinions in this blog post are mine and mine alone. I only endorse this product because I have found it to be a reasonable solution to my life problem of the day!
***UPDATE:*** this worked like a CHARM! There was absolutely no residue (the press in seal isn’t actually sticky, it mostly just kind of sticks to itself). I did not have to be gentle with these little packs at all. The jewelry didn’t shift during the move and on the other end I had worry free, tangle free jewelry unpacking. I just peeled the packets back open and put the jewelry pieces back into their boxes. Such a simple thing to do.
It is only just recently that I even started organizing my jewelry nicely at home. Prior to this year, I kept all of my necklaces, bracelets, earrings, etc., stored in one small single 5x5x5” box. I know, the HORROR! I very rarely wear jewelry, but every time I “needed” to, it was a battle to untangle, search for pairs, and so on. Finally, I couldn’t stand it anymore and I fixed the problem. I bought several jewelry boxes at my local craft store (50% off, of course) and made a stack of organization bliss.
Fast forward to right now. Jennifer (Colorado) and I (Virginia) are both in the middle of moving out of our current houses. We will literally be leaving our current abodes within days of each other. Jennifer is moving a couple miles away to a new home, I am moving a couple thousand miles away to a new state. There has been a lot of back and forth sharing our most recent moving tips and this is the one I have to share today…packing jewelry neatly to move it without it turning back into a tangled mess.
There are, of course, several options. You can just put each item into individual bags…that would be a lot of bags for me. There is the the good old fashioned travel jewelry organizer (they come in every shape and size and there is even one at my craft store that matches my jewelry boxes). Unfortunately, I would have to buy more than one to fit all my jewelry and then I will never use them again, until it is time for another move. I am sure the list goes on.
My husband is in the Navy and the military will move us, but jewelry is one of the “no-go” items. Even though you will get the occasional packer who will pack it anyway, moving companies do not want to be responsible for potentially valuable, and easily stolen, goods such as jewelry. So, though my jewelry is all costume stuff from cheap places in the mall, I am in charge of getting it from A to B. I searched all over the internet and the option that appealed most to me involved Glad Press‘n Seal cling wrap. It seemed simple and easy to recreate without reading any directions. It is, after all, just cling wrap.
Why I loved this solution:
- It took me (easily) less than 20 minutes to wrap up all my jewelry
- The jewelry is now a neat small bundle that not only takes up less space than my boxes, but will also weigh less and not tangle (I did think about just sealing the boxes with the jewelry already in it, but I thought
- there are a million ways this could go wrong and make a mess in transit
- I will leave the boxes for the packers to pack and it will save me room for other items in my car
- It was inexpensive…just a couple bucks for a box of cling wrap and I barely used any of it
Will I use the same idea again:
- Absolutely! Assuming they turn out great on the other end in a few weeks of course
- My only concern is the SLIGHT possibility of the wrap leaving a residue on the jewelry, however:
- the cling wrap is sticky, but also not really all that sticky
- the wrap is clearly supposed to be food friendly and is meant to not leave a trace behind
Unroll the desired length of cling wrap onto a clean surface, sure to leave the non “sticky” side down on the surface. Do not cut the wrap.
Place necklaces, bracelets, etc. on cling wrap, sure to leave enough space (about 1/2 to 1 inch) between each piece and in the middle of the necklace “holes”…you will need this space to press the wrap to stick to itself (since its not THAT sticky, I don’t foresee it doing a good job just sticking to the jewelry itself…the strongest areas are where it sticks to itself).
Continue unrolling the wrap and fold it over the top of itself, sticky sides facing each other.
Cut the wrap so that the two ends meet. Press the wrap around each piece so that the items do not move.
Roll lengths of wrap up and pack. Undo at the other end of transit!