Decluttering My Jewelry Collection

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).

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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’.

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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.

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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!





  1. Yes, this is something we all need to do. It gets overlooked in closet purging efforts. I’d love to give some pieces away to others to enjoy. What about a friend swap with the goal of any pieces not finding new homes via sale or donation.-Laurel

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  2. Yup, jewelleries always the hardest part. Therefore i collected artificial ones with good quality, but even those are not cheap. Several months ago i push myself to declutter my collection from my early 20 (20 years ago), I tried one by one to know whether it’s still fit nicely or not, the result was most of them not & with my age & body I need to go to simpler & more elegant type. I gave 90% of my collection to nieces (4 & 8 years old) in the extended family and they love them very much….

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  3. Jewelry is tough to let go of because for me, all of it has been gifted to me. Most of my jewelry was also passed to me from my grandmother. This is sort of my last frontier in terms of decluttering.

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  4. Hi, a few days ago I did a similar thing to yourself, as I’ve just moved into my new place. Basically I separated my gold jewellery from ‘junk jewelry’. Today I’m setting up my powder/clothes room, your blog inspired me to go through my jewelry items once again to see what can stay and go. Thanks again for a wonderfully inspiring blog post.


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  5. I think with the “not sure” stuff, just keep it out with your keep pile and try wearing it to see if you enjoy wearing it. It might be different with jewelry, but I did that with clothes and more often than not found that I actually didn’t enjoy wearing those “I don’t know” items and then it was super easy to let them go.

    Just a suggestion. If your way works for you, go ahead and do it that way!

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  6. I hardly ever wear jewelry (outside of my wedding ring, plain gold earrings, and my padlock) but for some reason I still find it hard to let go of a lot of other stuff. Perhaps it’s just that I save it for special occasions, rather than making it everyday wear. Still, it could probably do with another purge – thanks for the reminder!

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  7. You have some very unique and lovely jewelry pieces in your collection! It can definitely be hard to let go of certain pieces like you mentioned. Thanks for sharing your tips 🙂

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