**This post is part of our Minimalist-Lite series! Learn more about going Minimalist-Lite and then get started!**
Today, I’m dipping my toe into the Minimalist-Lite pool. Last week, I shared my own personal action plan (every habit and routine I want to streamline) and the first items I’m going to tackle are my wardrobe and my beauty routine. I think this is an area where a lot of women have excess. Think about all the clothes, jewelry, and products you have stashed away in your home! Do you actually wear/use it all on a regular basis? Is it all stuff you love? Because, unless fashion and beauty is “your thing”, you probably don’t need all the extra stuff. In fact, having too much may impede your style. Think of all the time spent trying to decide what to wear and then finding that piece. The goal here is to curate your closet so that every single piece is something you love and wear often.
For the first project, I’m starting small with my jewelry collection. Pictured below is, literally, every. single. piece of jewelry I own. Two necklaces, one ring, and five pairs of earrings. That’s all I need.How to Narrow it Down
When sorting through your own collection consider the following criteria:
- What sort of jewelry do you like to wear? Personally, I can’t stand wearing dangly earrings. Which is a shame because I love how they look! But, whenever I’ve tried to wear them in the past, they get tangled in my hair or hurt my earlobes. Not worth it. Studs can be just as cute and are far more comfortable for me. I know I can pick from any of the five set above and be totally comfortable all day. This is also why you don’t see any bracelets or watches in the picture above. Wrist accessories are not my thing.
- Choose quality over quantity. When I was younger, I actually couldn’t even wear the cheap costume jewelry because it in left my skin red and irritated. Eventually, I grew out of that allergy but I still like to buy accessories that are made of safer materials made to last.
- Keep your jewelry special. This last one is as important as it is obvious. My wedding ring takes first place. The silver studs were a gift from my mom and I wore them on our wedding day, along with the pearl necklace. The pearl earrings were a wedding gift from my sisters. I associate special memories with these pieces every time I wear them, which adds a tiny bit of joy to my daily routine.
- Realize that nobody really cares. Okay, this might seem a little harsh. But, unless you’re working in the fashion industry, most people will not notice if you’re wearing jewelry or not. I like to think of my jewelry collection as something just for me. Putting on earrings makes me feel a little more pulled together on an average workday. I break out necklaces for special occasions. It’s very internal and I don’t expect anyone to notice or judge me based on my accessories.
Organize the Rest
So you’ve narrowed down your stash of jewels and now it’s time to organize. Hopefully, you don’t have too much left to store.I keep all my earrings in this little six-compartment container I bought from a Crate & Barrel outlet. (Here’s a similar one.) I set it right in my drawer in the bathroom where it’s easy to grab in the morning. In the spare compartment, I keep extra earring backs.For my two necklaces, I use a small painted jewelry box that my uncle got me from the middle east. He is in the Navy and has always been a great role model of mine, so I love to have a small reminder of him out on our dresser. For any people out there who are keeping more than a few necklaces, there are lots of fun storage ideas to keep them untangled and organized like this jewelry frame I made a while back. Since, I’ve paired down my jewelry so much, I took my frame out of the closet, but it was a great system when I had more. For bracelets, I LOVE these jewelry blocks Emily Henderson shared. They are totally chic and you can hang on the wall!
Your Jewelry is Like an Exclusive Club
Don’t just let any ol’ piece in! Try to fight temptation on that necklace that’s gorgeous but you don’t really need. And, if you’re so inclined, you can even nicely request that no one get you jewelry as a gift. Besides, my wedding ring, I can’t think of another piece of jewelry Josh has bought for me AND THAT’S PERFECTLY FINE! Jewelry is touted as this perfect romantic gift, but if it’s not your thing, then it’s just not. your. thing! You don’t have to feel guilty about that. In fact, I’d feel even more guilty about receiving jewelry as a present and then never wearing it.
Again, I want to reiterate that each of these minimalist-lite tasks are catered to my own personal goals and you should take the approach that’s right for you. You may have more jewelry than me, or maybe even no jewelry at all. The main focus is to consider what you need and what is excess.
I’d love to know if you take part in this task! And if you have any great jewelry solutions for people who are stumped, please share below!
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