If you’ve been holding onto orphaned earrings that have lost their match, it’s time to release them – sell them if they are gold or silver, toss them, or repurpose them in crafts.
It’s also time to release the uncomfortable earrings, the dingy costume jewelry pieces, the earrings you no longer like, and so on. If you used to wear earrings all the time but you no longer do, then you can get rid of the lot.
Special earrings that you want to bequeath to certain people can be given now (unless you still enjoy wearing them), so the recipient can show you that they enjoy then.
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Check through your necklaces for pieces with broken clasps, chains that are too short for your neck or style, or costume pieces that have permanently changed color.
If a piece can be fixed, do you like it enough to fix it? If the piece is too dingy or damaged to wear, get rid of it. Sentimental pieces that you don’t wear can be moved to a memory box or set in a bowl or on a tray, so you can display pieces you don’t wear but want to keep.
Selling a piece that you don’t wear could pay the costs of replacing a clasp or chain.
If this task doesn’t apply to you: Delete five bookmarked pages on your smartphone or computer.
Pull out any bracelets that you don’t wear because they don’t fit, they are damaged or worn looking, or you just don’t like them.
If there is something you can sell or turn in for cash, go for it. If there are pieces you’d like someone else to have, do so now so there is no question about your intentions when you are gone.
Only if this doesn’t apply to you: Toss five pieces of paper – an old list, an out-of-date warranty, an article you tore from a magazine or printed from online, etc.
I know that I’ve had you looking at jewelry a few times. However, it is so small that you may discover that you have more than you think in that tiny jewelry box. Also, jewelry can be sentimental, which can be emotionally draining to sort.
For today, look at costume jewelry that you don’t wear. If it is more than 20 years old, ask any teens if they’d like these pieces that probably look quirky to them. Or, downgrade appropriate pieces to a dress-up box for a young girl.
If you want to hold onto pieces because they have sentimental value, consider displaying them in a shadow box or on a pretty tray so you can enjoy the items.
Only if today doesn’t apply to you: Get rid of 3-to-5 computer files that you no longer need.
Susan Caplan McCarthy
I'm Susan, a writer and teacher developing a second career as a Decluttering Coach.