I was recently asked about how I declutter jewelry, and if I have a large collection. In my opinion, jewelry can become one of the more challenging things to downsize. Not only do I design jewelry, yet it is often gifted to me, and I have also purchased some of my own pieces. Just as I enjoy having a small wardrobe, I love only owning a small collection of jewelry pieces that I adore.
Just like when downsizing your wardrobe or other personal possessions, it is important to only keep jewelry that reflects your current essence.
I love Marie Kondo’s philosophy in The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up where gifts are meant to be received graciously, yet once received if it no longer serves you, release it as the gift has already served its purpose. Many times we keep jewelry that was given to us, but honestly doesn’t fit our style. We also keep pieces we’ve emotionally outgrown. There will always be heirlooms or sentimental pieces, yet those aren’t usually the pieces that are taking over the jewelry box.
My suggestion is to take every piece of jewelry out that you own and place them in three categories… love, donate, sell.
If you are unsure, wear the jewelry piece for a day and see how it feels. Most likely if you are honest with yourself, you will know as soon as you put it on. Beloved jewelry does not have lukewarm emotions.
As someone who enjoys designing jewelry, I’ve recently stopped purchasing new supplies, and have overhauled all supplies that I didn’t absolutely love. I’ve also been tackling a few mini projects such as upcycling pieces like this broken vintage necklace that was my mother’s. My mother often gives me jewelry pieces that she knows I will create a new life for. This once broken vintage necklace is honestly one of my favorite necklaces now!
This was an easy upcycled piece since it was a beautiful necklace before it broke. I simply streamlined this necklace by redoing the center portion onto leather cord which was leftover from another project. Although it no longer has all of the surrounding beadwork (which is challenging to see completely after it broke), I love the new minimal design of it now.
Just as with all simple living, only keep what you absolutely love. The amount of jewelry you keep is up to you, just listen to your heart with this process. Feel free to read more on decluttering.
Living with only what you love is bliss!
(Images by Dawn Michelle)