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365 Days | 365 Items : Decluttering Women’s Jewelry


365 Days | 365 Items Challenge

There are three types of ‘schtuff I love (and some may say I have an addiction to) – small kitchen appliances, cookbooks, and jewelry.

In week one, I decluttered my shoes, this week I’m de-cluttering my jewelry.

And it is FREAKIN’ hard, man.

I blame my love (and addiction to) costume jewelry on my grandmother. She had a lot of it. And she let her granddaughter play with it whenever she wanted to.

I was wearing rhinestone chokers with scarfs in my hair and a blinged-out handbag since I was able to walk. And no matter how gawdy I looked (and I’m sure there were times I looked like Mrs. Howell from Gilligan’s Island), she would just say, “You look so beautiful.”

So on top of the sparkly allure, it conjures warm feelings in my heart of my Grandmother’s house and her love.

Can you see where I’m going with this? It’s almost like I’m going to need a therapist to let any of my “precious” pieces go…

And did I mention that jewelry doesn’t care how much weight you’ve added or lost…it always fits just right. So why get rid of it? You “never know” when the right shirt, dress, sweater will come and it will be a match made in accessory heaven.

So, begrudgingly, here were the casualties.


The Necklaces.

Some of these necklaces go back to my “career days” where I was required to a wear a skirt suit, pantyhose, and pumps. (Yes, I worked at a couple of places where this was a requirement.) They don’t go with my “casual blogger attire” anymore, so they are being donated.

I have no idea why I have a flower necklace. I don’t wear flowers. Ever. (Unless it is a rose in my mouth while doing the tango…just kidding. Kinda.)


The Watches & Bracelets

Remember when you needed a watch (or four) because you didn’t have a cell phone. This is a casualty from those days. Except, I still wear a watch. I still have five of them in my jewelry box right now. And that’s after I got rid of these four. I’ve got nothing, man. Just call the therapist now.

And again, the flowers. But this time with buttons. #ihavenoexcuse


The Earrings

This was a little harder because I don’t have as many pairs of earrings as I do necklaces (or watches, it appears).

Usually I purchase earrings to go with a specific shirt or dress, and when I get rid of that dress or shirt, I usually don’t need the earring anymore. Which is the case with the jade, green, and rhinestone-looking earrings.

You’ll also notice a brooch on the right-hand side. I love brooches. Especially on wool coats. But this one was missing a few rhinestones, so it was time for it to be retired.

Jewelry in excellent or good condition is being donated to SafeHouse. Everything else is being thrown away. (Because sometimes even in the worst situation, a little bling can put a smile on your face.)

I “decluttered” 21 items in total. And here is what I learned.

  1. I still need to purge. Like that didn’t even make a dent. I may have to circle-back-around during one of the “open” weeks. I got rid of 21 pieces and I could probably get rid of 21 more. Argh. Calling Dr. Phil!
  2. Don’t cheap out on classic pieces. I have three classic necklaces that were my Grandma’s and they still look amazing. I know she paid a pretty penny for the sets, but they are wearable almost 50 years later. That’s was well-spent money. From now on, if it is a classic piece of jewelry, I’m going to lay down some $$$ for it.
  3. Regardless of how “sparkly” it is…if it isn’t your style, leave it at the store. I’m not a flower girl. Or a rainbow girl. Or a skulls and cross bones girl. So even though I can appreciate those pieces of jewelry, I won’t wear them and they need to stay at the store.

So how did you do? What things did you let go this week? Anyone else have a watch addiction they want to talk about?

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