About 20 years ago, someone broke into my apartment. Literally. Bashed out the doorknob, and opened the lock…
That was all fine – I’m not attached to my possessions (I tell myself.) But when I went to collect on my renter’s insurance, I found that I was NOT appropriately prepared. If I didn’t have a receipt, or at least a photograph of the item in question (mostly jewelry), the insurance company wasn’t at all convinced that my lovely things ever existed. THAT was a rude shock…
alert – seemingly random change of subject coming up…
And why do we keep buying things that we don’t need? Is it simply because they look so doggone good that we are tempted, and that’s all it takes?
So what if we found a way to make the stuff that we currently own look as nice as things in the stores, AND managed to get that pesky inventory thing done too?
So I’m gradually starting… building little vignettes of jewelry and scarves, and eventually clothing groupings too. My plan for clothes is to pull together 1 or 2 outfits, and hang them on the back of a door, or on a pair of hooks behind our bedroom door. I could certainly hang them on a rack, or lay them out on the bed too…
Could you isolate some key components of your personal style by doing this? Maybe your first and favorite accessory “family” looks like one of these:
I could see this somewhere in my life:
Do you have beautiful blue eyes?
Or perhaps you’re permanently in love with pink!
Maybe a bit of bright, with whimsy?
Do you love a mod flower?
Maybe your personal style is warm and bright?
Or do you love classic navy, with lovely amethysts?
Doing one of these photographs just once a week will, over time, give you a better idea of how well you are actually insured in case of the worst. And you will be able to arrange and admire your possessions – and perhaps learn see that shopping isn’t necessary…
p.s. A couple of quick accessory observations: (1) Did I miss the memo where it is now acceptable to wear earrings as big as your head? I so often see earrings that I think are interesting, and nice, but then I see that they’re FOUR INCHES LONG, and I move on… and (2) If I catch you wearing a fanny pack around your waist, we’re going to have to talk. Didn’t we kill that trend off once before?
p.p.s. I suppose it’s painfully self-evident that packing one of these “families” would be a quick and easy way to choose accessories for travel?