I have an on-going battle with jewellery. Several years ago I owned boxes and boxes of the stuff - most cheap but bright, colourful and fun to wear. I had to set aside time to untangle it and then find more time to organise it into boxes with labels identifying the general colour of the pieces. Finding a certain piece of jewellery meant sometimes opening several boxes before hitting jackpot. I knew I had more jewellery than I could manage and wear and so I attempted to reduce it several times.
This weekend I had another attempt at reducing my jewellery and setting aside pieces to sell or donate. My aim was to reduce my jewellery enough to fit inside this three drawer box above. I've tried having jewellery out on display but I prefer it to be neatly stored away and while I dream of owning a truly minimalist jewellery collection for now I'm just focusing on reducing mine gradually.
My previous method was pretty basic - just getting the amount down without regard to how much storage space it would take. Tired of searching for jewellery in multiple boxes I decided this time that space would dictate which pieces I would keep. Big bulky bangles were put to one side and then I juggled choices over which pieces to keep always thinking about how much would fit inside the three drawers. I tried to choose my most neutral and classic pieces whilst also keeping the odd bright or fun piece. Balancing the amount of different pieces was also part of my plan although I did end up keeping more necklaces than anything else.
Here's a peep at what I kept (apart from engagement ring, wedding ring and two watches). I still think this is too much jewellery but I am pleased that fitting it into one storage place that is easily accessible is progress. And whilst they all fit in these drawers the drawers are a little crowded.
There will be another jewellery cull in the not too distant future but in the meantime I'm trying to monitor how often I wear these pieces. Oh and I'd love a new pair of aqua earrings as I lost one of a pair recently.
How's your relationship with jewellery? Do you own more than you'd like and how do you like to store it? I'd love to hear.