Choosing a jewelry organizer can be confusing — there are so many available, and you can’t be sure which one will work for you until you’ve bought it, brought it home and set it up. But by looking at the four different kinds of jewelry boxes, and the best uses for each of them, you can narrow your choices and ensure the jewelry box you buy is perfectly suited to you.There are four kinds of jewelry organizers: jewelry trays, jewelry towers, jewelry chests, and hanging jewelry organizers. Let’s take a look at each of them.Jewelry TraysThese organizers sit in a drawer, or may fit into a shelf of a closet organization system. They lie flat, and ideally have some sort of cover over the top to keep dust and little fingers (or paws) from playing with shiny things. Jewelry trays cost from $2 for little plastic trays that are made for craft supplies, to $50 wood and fabric trays. Trays are best if you want to fit your jewelry into a spare drawer or a shelf in a closet organization system.Jewelry TowersThese sit up on a bureau and provide dozens, even hundreds of little hooks to hang your jewelry off of. If you like to see your jewelry and have some surface area near where you dress, a tower can be a nice choice. They cost anywhere from $20 to $30. A lot of these “towers” are wall mounted, or even door mounted, but I classify those models as towers because the principle is the same: hooks to hang your jewelry off of. If you are tight on space, using a wall “tower” for your jewelry is a terrific way to go. Just keep it a bit out of the way so you aren’t brushing up against it when you walk by.Jewelry ChestsThese are the classic jewelry boxes we all grew up with. I consider “jewelry boxes” and “jewelry armoires” to be jewelry chests — the box is a simple jewelry chest, and the armoire is a fancy jewelry chest. The benefits of this kind of storage is that you can get one to match your bedroom or dressing room decor, and you can keep your jewelry out of sight. They look neat. But you will need a shelf or top of your bureau to fit the chest on. Prices can start at $10 for a simple box and go all the way up to hundreds of dollars for an elaborate armoire.Hanging Jewelry OrganizersThese are big plastic sheets with heavy backing and lots of little compartments for jewelry pieces. They are not luxury items, but they work, they’re very portable, and they save space. You can hang some of them from the wall or even from a hanger. They let you see your jewelry, though my necklaces tend to get tangled up in these kinds of organizers. You can also roll them up and put them in a drawer, then just unroll the organizer on a bed when you are ready to pick out what you want to wear.If you have a lot of jewelry, or even a lot of one kind of jewelry (like a big selection of earrings, or necklaces), it may work best for you to use two kinds of organizers. For instance, I have a collection of faux pearl necklaces that all live on a wall mounted jewelry “tree”. I can see them all the time, which I like, and they don’t get tangled. All the rest of my jewelry is in a drawer in a few tray organizers.