30 items of clothing, 8 pairs of shoes, 2 bags
This week I have tackled the difficult task of downsizing my jewelry collection.
It’s not often that I hold only things I declutter, but I have kept my ‘discarded’ jewelry for some time. Jewelry is something that is very difficult to get rid of, because of its monetary expense and its sentimental value. The good news is that I have been able to film my decluttering process because of this, something you won’t often see.
Below is a tried and tested method for decluttering, passed on from minimalist to minimalist. I recommend this process if you are starting out and still own a lot more than you want to. This technique can be applied to anything in your home that you would like to downsize.
1. Place all the items you are trying to downsize out in the open (all my jewelry). Divide the items into subcategories (necklaces, earrings, rings).
2. Next, pick out the things that you know you love and wear all the time, and put them in a pile. This will be your ‘keep pile’.
3. Move onto the things you know you can part with. Pick out the pieces you hardly ever wear and put them aside, into a ‘discard’ pile.
4. If there is anything you are not sure about, place it in the ‘maybe’ pile. Pack the ‘maybe’ pile up and keep it out of sight. Revisit it in a few months and see if you are ready to let it go.
Be mindful of how you ‘discard’ any of your belongings. Always start by trying to sell your things or give them to people you know. Donating to charity should be your last option, as this forces others to deal with your stuff. Forcing yourself to organise new homes for discarded belongings will make you think twice before you add anything new to your life.
Below is my jewelry decluttering video. Check out my YouTube channel for more videos, my Instagram account for daily outfits, and my Facebook account for minimalist resources and updates. I also recently started a Patreon account where for a small donation you can view additional content!