When it looks like we’re going to get snowed in my reaction is always the following:
Dance around the house kissing everyone like I’m George Bailey and I’ve just been given a second chance at life; eat; dance some more; play in the snow; eat; clean something out.
Along with a couple closets and a cabinet, I cleaned out my jewelry last week. It’s been on my t0-do list since before Jackson was born and, oh gosh, I am so glad I did it.
Whenever I get rid of things I’ve stopped using, I like to think of it as my house loosing weight. After cleaning out my jewelry I weighed the bag – my closet lost 6 pounds. SIX POUNDS.
Here are some tips that will help you get your jewelry organized…
One: Out of sight, out of mind. When you can’t see what it is you own, then you’re not going to use it. Go through each category separately – bracelets, earrings, necklaces, rings – and put your eyeballs on everything you own. If it’s not something you would wear out the door right that second, get rid of it.
Two: Give anything that might have sentimental value a special place that’s harder to reach. You don’t want to keep the ring your Grandmother gave you in the top compartment if you never wear it out. Reserve the easy-reach spots for what you wear on the daily. (#hipwiththecoolkids)
Three: Learn your weakness and throw out duplicates. My weakness? Black jewelry. I am addicted to it, hard core. Recently, I’ve purchased two more black necklaces, so I got rid of ones that I’ve been holding onto for a while (actually, that’s a lie. I just realized I’m still holding onto one of them and it needs to go so I’ll be right back…)
Four: Categorize everything when you put it all back for easy grabbing. My necklaces are all hanging together according to metal and my bracelets are stacked by metal and occasion (gold everyday / silver everyday / gold fancy…etc.)
The benefits to cleaning out your jewelry? You can get ready faster because you see everything. You know exactly what it is you need more of (examining my pictures, I realized I need to find more silver necklaces), and you quit living around pieces you were never going to wear.
Plus it makes you feel good not to see the clutter anymore!