In these days of minimalism, when we are encouraged to pare our lives down to a minimum, very little attention seems to be given to how to de-clutter your jewellery box.
For most of us, our jewellery collection represents far more than sparkly things to wear. Each piece holds memories, emotions or friendships. The stories are often more valuable than the actual earrings, bracelets or necklaces.
Get Started To De-clutter Your Jewellery Box
But when did you last take time to really look at your jewellery collection and ask yourself whether you are holding onto the jewellery to wear, or for its story?
Why not put some time aside and ask yourself to look beyond the emotional story and be honest about each piece of jewellery? The conversation with yourself could go something like:
- A dear friend gave this to me, but it’s just not my style.
- A relative gave it to me, but I think it’s hideous.
- I co-worker gave it to me, but I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing it!
- I bought it because it was in style, but I never wore it.
- Styles have changed. I don’t wear this any more.
- I bought it to match an outfit I never wore. (The outfit was for my fantasy body,
- not my real body.)
- I love it, but it just doesn’t look right on me.
- It shifts around when I wear it causing the clasp to hang in front, so I don’t like
- wearing it.
- I used to wear it to work, but my daily wardrobe and schedule has changed.
- It’s not a colour that looks good on me.
- I lost the matching piece to this set.
- I like it but it’s showing signs of wear and I have nicer pieces I could be wearing.
- It reminds me of a sad time in my life.
- It tarnishes easily and I haven’t chosen to take the time to polish it.
- A person who is no longer in my life gave it to me and I want to release myself
- from the bonds of that relationship.
- I wore it a lot 20 years ago!
- It needs repair and I don’t love it enough to invest the time to research who
- could repair it and how much that would cost.
- It reminds me of a time when I couldn’t afford to buy anything better.
- A friend talked me into buying it and I’ve never liked it.
- I’m sick of wearing this! I need a change.
- It’s pretty, but it’s just not “me.”
- I don’t really love it.
- I attended a jewellery party and felt I had to buy something.
- I thought I would wear it, but I haven’t.
- It’s from a previous chapter in my life.
- Wow! I forgot I had this! I can’t wait to start wearing it!
It doesn’t matter where it came from or what it cost, if you don’t love it, move it on and make space for the pieces that you DO love. As you de-clutter your jewellery box, you’ll be freeing up space for new pieces that reflect who you are now.
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