Repurposing On The Right Side Of Travel And Fashion

This week’s photo challenge, repurpose, is inspiring me to share an object I’ve repurposed, and continue to use every day in my travels throughout the U.S. and Europe.

Pillboxes are an excellent place to store jewelry when you travel.
Traveling doesn’t afford the luxury of taking any object in your possession for granted.  Each and every piece that you carry with you is evaluated on the basis of size and weight.  And if either of those measurements outweighs its worth in any capacity, that object has to go.

Until I began traveling full-time, I was a lover of stuff of all kinds.  I couldn’t throw away a postcard or a receipt if my life depended on it. My idea of a fun weekend activity was going to a home-decor store and picking up a throw-pillow, or two.  Or maybe a doorstop.  Or a fruit bowl.

Nowadays, that life couldn’t be more foreign to me.  I don’t even own a pillow, let alone a closet.  I work as an educational travel coordinator, and I live from hotel room to hotel room, couch to couch, and when I’m lucky, my parent’s spare bedroom.  If I want it, I have to lug it.  But therein lies the rub: I can’t give up my passion for fashion.  So, despite the fact that I live on the road, I continue to have a lot of clothes, shoes, and accessories.

My accessories were a mangled mess,  tangled, and mixed up to the point that I was only wearing three or four pairs of my own earrings.  Yet, I continued to lug around the whole collection.  What a waste of energy, and potential fashion opportunity.

The solution came not a moment too soon from my pioneering, Pinterest-loving, high school friend Giovanna.  Over brunch one Saturday she said, “Peggy!  Haven’t you seen my travel board?  Pill organizers!”

And the rest, my friends, is history.  My ears are now back to being as fashionable as the rest of my body.  And not a moment too soon.  Thank goodness.

If you liked this article, you might enjoy My Secret Packing Tips, where I originally shared my pillbox jewelry storage tip.


  1. hmunro says:

    What a marvelous idea! I may have to skip it, though, for fear of absentmindedly “taking” my earrings in the morning. 🙂

  2. Creative1 says:

    Hello Peggy….
    I still think your life sounds wonderful. I’ll have to live vicariously through you and enjoy your adventures here!
    I know what you are saying about not throwing anything away.
    But this pill box idea is awesome. Thank you for the tip😊
    Until next post or adventure, which ever comes first,
    A great post and thank you from Di 🌹

    • Di, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that you found me here. Thank you thank you!! Yes, you’re right. There are a lot of wonderful things about the lifestyle of a traveler. It has big ups and big downs. But that’s ok! I enjoy the ups, and being able to share them. :)) Thanks again…

  3. Rimsha says:

    I dread carrying jewellery with me when I travel because I just don’t know how to keep it organized. I think this is a brilliant idea! Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

    • Yes, sure! The thanks really goes to my wonderful friend, though. I would never have thought of this either! I love it because the pill boxes are so durable, and I can just toss them in the front zip of my suitcase for easy access and not even worry about it. Thanks so much for your comment, and for stopping by!

  4. I actually use a small pink fishing tackle box, the spaces are a little bigger than a pill divider to fit my larger pairs of earrings and bracelets. I collect earrings from the places I visit so I love being able to bring them with me and remember those different places!

    • Great idea! I agree, the spaces aren’t very big and it was getting awkward for me too! I actually invested in a hanging traveling jewelry case with zip-up compartments, so I put my big earrings in those compartments, and then I also put my pill box with my smaller/delicate stuff in one of the big zip-up compartments. I feel like I’ve finally perfected the system! Glad you have too…thanks for the comment. 🙂

    • Ah, I agree, except I like it hard because it protects my precious glass beads and things! It is surprisingly easy to poke into the smallest of places…:) Thanks so much for your comment, and for stopping by!

  5. ThePittStops says:

    I love the idea of using Mon-Sun pill containers for jewelry! How clever. I am definitely going to put this to use. I have one of the fold up bags, this is more economical 🙂

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