Not talking about diamond rings, just talking ’bout the simple things. Ted Nugent
Sometimes we think we want things, even need things, but when learning to live a simpler life you can still have the things you aren’t ready to give up, it can make the transition so much easier. So many of us have a love of jewelry, I sure did. but like anything else, what we own can begin to own us, keeping us stuck in the past.
Here are a few jewelry ideas from my experiences:
- I kept all the jewelry I ever bought, or was given, it took up a great deal of space to store it all. I realized I spent way too much time digging for what I still liked and wanted to wear, so I weeded out the pieces I enjoyed, sold or gave away the rest.
- Then I inherited all my grandmother’s as well as her armoire to store it all in. A friend took several of my grandmother’s favorite pieces and made me one new piece of jewelry so I could remember her love of jewelry in a much smaller way.
- Having less I was able to also get rid of the armoire and now keep my favorite pieces in a wooden box I received as a gift. It was filled with tea but had beautiful red lining which makes a beautiful way to store my jewelry
- I allowed myself to pick up a couple of new pieces that reflected who I am today, I like silver and costume jewelry as I don’t feel I have to treat them with kid gloves. This allowed me to wear something new that opened me up to embracing changes in the other areas of my life.
- Still enjoy jewelry, buy second hand. Consignment stores are great places to find something new to you, but make sure you love it.
While I took the time to actually touch each and every piece as I took it out of my armoire, not everyone takes this approach, here’s how another chose to begin the process of decluttering jewelry.
We grow and what fit us at one point in our lives may no longer suit us. Weed through to what you love, and get rid of the rest. Give yourself room to grow into the new you. By using jewelry to make a statement of who I am keeping the old pieces that no longer fit, like clothes, kept me stuck in the past and didn’t allow for personal growth.
How do you express yourself? Do you use jewelry, body art, or something else? How do you continue to both express yourself and live simply?
You may also enjoy reading more about the process I went through to declutter my home so I could begin to live a more authentic and simpler life.