I haven't been doing much to whip my house into shape, or even, indeed, to keep it clean. Little tumbleweeds made of dog hair and dust adorn the corners of the stairs. The color of the kitchen sink has permanently devolved to a light coffee beige. The shower curtain is...well, never mind that. The point is that although I let some things slide, I do have my priorities, and one of those is always having the right earrings to wear with every outfit.
Earrings have to match the outfit in style, of course; I couldn't possibly wear sparkly diamonelle danglies with jeans and a tee shirt. A casual outfit requires something in a plain metal, or perhaps small pearls. Color, however, is of even more importance than style, and so I have come to own earrings of every conceivable color. Morning, which is, naturally, when I get dressed, is not my best time, and the frustration I experience while searching through my jewelry box for the other earring to the right pair is an emotion best not described to those I want to think well of me.
Hence, my new system for earring storage. I have little divided trays (an inheritance from my mother-in-law, the most cleverly organized person ever to exist on this planet) that fit in my jewelry chest. And look how clearly I have indicated which color earring goes in which little box:
Clever, no? I could now match earrings to outfit even at the ungodly hour of 5:00 in the morning, although I can't imagine why I would get up that early. Shudder. But I could, if I wanted to, and I would look good, which is what really matters.