Jewellery is one of those items we probably put off decluttering the most because it can be hard to declutter sentimental items, it’s also one of the things we probably need to organise the most in our house! We tend to keep all sorts of jewellery from when we were younger, from days of travelling, I’ve even been known to find a few Christmas cracker rings in my jewellery box. Before we know years have passed, styles have evolved and more importantly we’ve changed! So, we’re here to hold your hand, metaphorically of course, and do this together. We’d love to see what treasures you find, tag us over on Instagram.
Let’s start by gathering all your jewellery in place, if you’re anything like us you probably have an overflowing jewellery box and a few jewellery stands or trinket boxes dotted around your bedroom. We’re then going to look through the entire collection asking ourselves these 5 questions as we go along:
1. Is it broken beyond repair?
If the answers yes then the obvious thing to do is throw it away, it’s no use to you anymore. If, however it holds great value to you then we’d always suggest keeping it.
2. Do I ever wear it?
And be honest with yourselves. Really, when was the last time you wore those earrings or that necklace? If you can’t remember, then you’ve guessed it – put it to one side.
3. Does it hold bad memories that’s been putting me off wearing it?
I’m sure we’ve all got some stories to tell, a necklace your wore on a very bad first (and last date that must be jinxed), jewellery you’ve received from an ex… Enough said! If you’ve been hiding these at the bottom of your jewellery box now’s the time to make room for the jewellery you do wear! Don’t throw it out though, put it in your pile to giveaway, it could be someone else’s treasure!
4. Is it sentimental to me?
Anything could be sentimental to you; it doesn’t necessarily mean it has to be the most expensive piece in your collection. It could be a bracelet your niece made you or a ring from your sweet 16, you may never wear them, but they hold happy memories, so it’s important to keep those. On the other hand, you may have an expensive necklace that doesn’t hold sentimental value, but you hold on to it because you’d feel guilty of decluttering it. Why not hand it down to someone special in your family who would get joy out of it?
5. Is it still my style?
This one isn’t always as difficult as you might first think, some things you’ll find that you hadn’t even realised you still had. Some things might have come back into fashion that you come across and could see yourself wearing again. Be ruthless and put anything to one side that just ‘Isn’t you’ anymore. Once you’ve got all your discarded jewellery together you can then decide whether you want to give it to charity or gift it to the special people in your life that can still get some use out of it. Give your old forgotten jewellery a new lease of life!
We hope you’ve found these questions useful and we’d love to see your before and after photos of your decluttering! Tag us on Instagram and use #cleartogether.