Jewelry Box Cleanout

The switch to daylight savings time hints that the long, cold winter may be slowly giving way to spring. There's still a long time until that spring cleaning urge shows up. Perhaps a little project in the meantime.

Jewel box on white

Jewelry box overloaded? I'm not talking about expensive, heirloom quality pieces. These should be professionally cleaned and kept in a safe.

And then there's the faithful standbys that always look good and are comfortable to wear. Those just need a polish and a prominent, easy-to-find home.

It's all the rest that I'm concerned with here.

I'm talking about your average, less expensive jewelry. You know. The pieces that looked so great in the store, but somehow are rarely picked out of all the other choices.

Be careful going in. There are bright and shiny things that won't want to go.

It's hard to give up something if it's new and in good shape. But what good is it if you never wear it? 

So why aren't you wearing it?

Was it a gift, but not even close to your style? It's okay not to keep it. If it makes you feel better, wear it once when you're going to see the gift giver, then let it go. You're not obligated to give up your limited space to a piece that doesn't suit you.

Maybe the reason you don't pick a piece is that it's too heavy, or too small. Too fancy, or too plain. Gold when you prefer silver. You might be keeping those earrings anyway because you paid good money for them. Consider the cost of the earrings your penalty for learning a lesson about what doesn't work for you. Instead of feeling bad about your purchase every time you see the mistakes again, let them go.

What about the things that used to be bright and shiny but aren't shiny anymore.

If they are past their time, weed them out. You probably won't wear them if they're not in style anymore. You don't need to give up your limited space to a piece that is dated and out of style.

What to do with the pieces that you pare down?

  • Consignment and thrift shops.
  • Garage or online sales.
  • Trade with a neighbor in exchange for that trilogy of books you've wanted to read.
  • Find a youngster who likes to play dress up to give them the treasure! 

Here's the tough part. Pieces that are attached to a memory.

These have two categories. 

  1. A bad memory. There's a lot to be said about Trash Can Therapy. Enough said.
  2. A good memory. If you love a piece, honor it. Take the time for a careful cleaning while you remember the lovely things about this piece. Take a photo against a beautiful backdrop. This might prompt you to tell someone the story behind it, or write a letter to someone who shares this memory. This would be a great piece to display where you can see it and enjoy it often. Or it might be time to pass this special piece down to someone who is special to you. 

Imagine what it would be like if the only items in your jewelry case were ones that you use and ones that you love. You can have that.