Warning! Do not count your jewelry sets after you've read this article. I don't want to be responsible for your bout of depression.
Okay, here's the deal for anyone who's lived half a century or more. If you're like me, you've got hundreds of pairs of darling earrings and scores of gorgeous necklaces. Yet I was rotating the same three or so sets every day. No more: I've vowed to wear the jewelry I've bought over all these years, accumulated treasures and memories, for sure. Instead of waiting for the right occasion or the perfect outfit to wear my precious gems or costume sets, I wear a new ensemble every day.
I figure: jewelry doesn't take much room, but clothes do. So I've sorted through skirts, suits, fancy tops and sparkly bottoms and ditched most of them. Now I wear comfortable pants and tops and have enough dressy jackets to manage any occasion, from wedding to funeral. The rest of my unworn-for-twenty-years apparel goes to Goodwill. I dumped a dresser; my walk-in closet is all I need. Yay! I always hated that dresser anyway. Ashcan the headboard, too. Oak is out; dark cherry is in.
Whew! Minimalist wardrobe and bedroom arrangement; lots of cool jewelry. I wear a new set every day, even if it's just to Starbucks; even if the gems are paired with jeans or a golf outfit. Surprising the number of compliments I get on my glitter from complete strangers.
If you want to read about a heroine who has REALLY interesting attitudes about jewelry, meet Liv, in LIE CATCHERS. She's intent on solving two cold cases is Petersburg, Alaska, and she uses jewelry to catch lies! Check out my website at http://www.rolynnanderson.com