This post starts like an episode of Hoarders. I’m ridiculously embarrassed to reveal that up until five days ago THIS is what the jewellery part of my closet looked like.
Are you still there? Or have you left? Horrified? I know my Mum has.
There are no excuses for mess like this. I have too much stuff. Some precious, some not. But I also have two daughters, two sisters, five sister-in-laws and four nieces which means I’m keeping everything. It’s my duty.
So how do you fix this jumbled mess? Storage. One thing I know for sure in life is that storage makes everything better. It just does.
Clean. Then Clean Some More.
When you’re dealing with this kind of disaster there’s only one way through and that’s pulling everything out. Everything. Every tiny little ring, every tangled cheap pendant from Japan – all of it.
I made four piles: Everyday, Sometimes, Never and Fix.
Place each piece you own into one of these categories. It took me two solid hours.
I unearthed many treasures.
The problem with letting things get this out of control is that you end up wearing the same things all the time and in my case those pieces were whatever was at the front of the pile. It was almost like going shopping – there were things I hadn’t seen (let alone worn) for years.
Cleaning, sorting, detangling, polishing is Stage One. Very cathartic.
The next step is finding order in the chaos. Simple fashion maths.
I decided to put everything into containers to avoid a repeat of the jumbled mess.
For pieces in the Sometimes and Never categories I used these plastic sewing cases. You can use fishing tackle boxes or tool boxes – but you want something stackable, compartmentalised and clear.