Monday, January 13, 2014

How to Clean Out Your Jewelry Box

I understand very well how cleaning and re-organizing can be a daunting task.

If I look up from my computer, I can easily get overwhelmed with all the ways my office needs to be cleaned out. But I also know that there's a productive way to clean, and a non-productive way.

It really helps to have the process broken down into manageable steps so that the task doesn't seem so daunting.

Here's an easy 3 step process to productively clean out your jewelry box (with picture proof that I've done it and it works). 

1. Put everything in categories. 

If you've ever read a cleaning tutorial by me (like last weeks makeup bag clean out post) you'll know that the first thing I like to do is put everything in categories. So put all your bracelets together, necklaces, hoop earrings, studs, watches - get them all together. This really helps the whole process because it's something you can easily do right off that shows you progress and gets you to the next step which is...

2. Go through each category and purge.

When everything is separated out into categories it helps to see what you have that could be alike. I found that I have a plethora of stud earrings that look alike, so I got rid of a lot of duplicates (especially the duplicates that looked old).

While you're going through each category ask yourself these questions...
A. When was the last time I wore this?
B. Did it make me feel good?
C. Does it still look good? (IE: Is it tarnished? Beat up?)

These big gold and black earrings got cut from their spot in my jewelry box because every time I would see them I'd think, "Oh I'm definitely not wearing those." That was a big clue to me when I sat down to clean everything out, that they needed to go.

This ring got the boot because it was starting to turn. And you should NEVER wear jewelry that's visibly changing colors (unless it's a mood ring and it's 1984).

3. Organize what you put back.

After you've purged your collection (you can even do the three categories like I once talked about with your closet: keep/give away/try again) go through each section and organize it. Put all your big hoops together, all your studs together and so on and so forth. 
Clean = Happy!

It's important to have a clean jewelry box in the same way it's important to clean out your closet. You need to know what you have so you can easily wear it and feel good. It's also great not to have to dig through a mess when you're trying to run out the door.

Here's to a happy/clean/organized 2014!

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