Last year when I began downsizing, I had one of these jewelry cases filled to the brim. I would store it in my bedroom and consistently forget about it, and I ended either rarely wearing any jewelry or wearing the same things over and over again.
When I did move about a year ago, I donated the jewelry case and much of the jewelry inside it, keeping only a few rings handed down to me and a pair of earrings from my mother. It was also refreshing for me at the time, because I had a lot of jewelry that reminded me of my former fiance that I didn’t have the heart to let go of quite yet. I ended up selling those.
I’m now left with what you see in the photo, a minimalist jewelry collection on my night stand that gently reminds me of my favorite pieces:
- Jewelry tray: Anthropologie (similar here)
- Ring dish: Anthropologie (similar here)
- Bracelet bangles (3): Alex & Ani
- Geometric necklace (1): Madewell (similar here)
- Family rings (4)
- Gifted earrings (2)
The key to a minimalist jewelry collection is to only keep items that are well made, have special meaning, or will be used on a weekly basis. While it’s okay to keep one or two things for a special occasion, it can quickly lead to a collection that gets out of hand.
As most of my collection is gifted, I don’t buy any more jewelry. If something caught my eye or was gifted again, I judge if the collection can be neatly added. If not, I remove an item to keep an item. And that’s the true key to keeping anything simple and organized!
How many items are in you jewelry collection?
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Just stopping by to announce that I’ve been in Florida since the 22nd, and will be here until the first week of January. I suppose you could call it a vacation, but I call it visiting my family because I don’t consider it too much of a vacation. I love sleeping in, and aside from hating everything about this state from its humid weather to this terrible town I’m thoroughly enjoying being home with my family.
Yet I can’t stop thinking of things I’d like to do when I get home. Here are a few:
- Post-Christmas decluttering.
- Clean out the closet.
- Go through the kitchen and all the appliances stored in the cupboards.
- Get a new shower head.
- Organize the entertainment center.
- See if it’s possible to reorganize to maximize studio space.
- Finish organizing cables.
- Buy more paint samples to patch up stained parts of the wall.
Only I would be excited to go home and organize. I’m actually kind of upset that as soon as I get home, my time off is over. Back to the apartment makeover on weekends only… I do have a few progress shots to show you when I get back!
How was your holiday? Did you travel?
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