Q. I have a ton of jewelry. No, I am not rich - most of it is costume
jewelry but I like it. I've also accumulated a lot over the years from
relatives and friends. I am overwhelmed by the sheer quantity of items so
I always wear the same one or two pieces. Can you recommend a strategy so
that I will know what items I have and be able to choose something? Thank
Reply: My first suggestion is to lay out all of your pieces on a large flat
surface and sort by body part, ie, put all of the earrings together, etc.
This will give you a bird's eye view of your collection, which simplifies
the next step, which is to decide what to keep and what to donate or throw
away. Have a spare box on hand for the pieces to be donated so you can move
along without delay.
Complete one body part before going to the next, so
that if you must stop and come back later, you will have a logical
Keep the remaining jewelry sorted by body part and store in such a way that
you can see all of your options when searching for something to wear. Many
discounters and home stores sell a variety of containers in which to keep
You could also make something. Consider decorating a cork board
with a pretty fabric. You can use push pins to hold your watches,
necklaces, bracelets and anklets. Your brooches can be stuck directly into
the cork, as can your earrings (keep your earring backs in a small
container-you don't really need to worry about matching up the right back,
since most are shaped similarly).
That leaves rings, which can be threaded
through a thick ribbon and secured to the cork with a push pin. You can keep
your cork propped up or adhere it to the wall with mounting tape.
you can see your collection in full splendor!
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