Some people have trouble letting go of old clothes and shoes.
It can be even more difficult with jewelry. That’s because it takes up so little space, so people frequently see no pressing need to edit. And jewelry is often given for special occasions and carries sentimental meaning, which just adds to the problem.
But do you REALLY need to hang on to your child’s beadwork from pre-school … now that Junior is in college?
Do you REALLY think you’re going to find the mate to that pretty silver earring you bought on that trip to Mexico when you were in your 20s?
How about the necklace your husband or significant other gave you a couple years ago? So sweet of him, but you have never once worn it and that is not likely to change.
True, it’s sometimes the case that when I work with a client, I’ll spot some great piece in the pile of jewelry. And that’s the reason people hang on to all these pieces. But really, it’s not worth holding on to it in the hope that there’s one fantastic piece hiding in the clutter that you’ve failed to recognize for its beauty.
So what’s the right approach?
Go through your pile, piece by piece. Separate them into piles, like so:
1. Keep to give to a child for dress-up. (All those beads, for instance.)
2. Keep to give to someone who will appreciate it (a child, a friend). (That pretty but too-delicate chain and charm, say.)
3. Get rid of it. (This is for those pieces that have no value, sentimental, monetary, or otherwise, and that you never wear because you don’t like them. They’re just making it harder for you to get dressed quickly and easily in the morning.)
4. Put it in a box. This is for those pieces you just can’t get rid of. Okay, it’s not the worst thing in the world. But do yourself and your personal style a big favor — don’t make it the first thing you see in the morning when you’re trying to get dressed and out the door quickly. Put it in a box, and put the box at the back of your closet
5. Put it front and center because it’s fantastic — and wear it! This for the few pieces you love and wear all the time. Now it’s so much easier to see them and grab them in the morning! (You may have some valuable pieces you love but wear only occasionally; these belong in a nice box in a drawer, but close at hand.)
Need help? A jewelry-editing session is pretty much my idea of heaven. Let’s see what’s hiding in YOUR jewelry box, underneath the Play Do pins and earring orphans, shall we?
(Ketura Persellin is a stylist and image consultant in Washington, DC, and surrounding suburbs. Please contact her for a complimentary get-aquainted phone call.)