Posts Categorized: organize

The Value of a Wardrobe Holding Area

under bed storage

My slow but ongoing attempts to downsize my wardrobe continue, but culling has become much harder. I’m down to items that I still love (at least in theory), and am having to make decisions about taste/emotion versus actual use patterns.

One practice that helps ease the pain? I’ve created a holding area for items that I think I can let go, but am not entirely sure I want to cast off just yet. For me, this is a bunch of grocery bags in my laundry room, but the under bed storage box shown above would work just as well. If an item remains in the holding area for more than six weeks and I haven’t missed it, out it goes. And I am confident that it won’t be missed. So far, only one striped shirt has been brought back into rotation. The rest have been donated and never thought of again. read more

Originally posted 2015-06-16 06:28:30.

This Week I Love …

tide pen

… my Tide Pen.

I am a spaghetti sauce magnet. Also salad dressing. And occasionally ice cream. Oh, who am I kidding, my klutzy nature means that most of my meals end up decorating my clothes in one way or another. And although I still swear by Palmolive as the ultimate stain remover, you’ve gotta dampen the stain, douse it in Palmolive, let it sit, wash it, and await the results. (Usually miraculous, occasionally only passable.) Sometimes you can’t make it home to change, and sometimes you end up with a stain that needs immediate triage. Enter the Tide Pen. read more

Keep Calm And Carry On

keep calm and carry onTravel capsule wardrobe – Paris and Provence, April 2012

For some people, packing for travel is a dreaded task, often postponed until a few minutes before it’s time to leave for the airport. Not for me. I love planning outfits around anticipated activities, and often start thinking about what to pack weeks before a planned trip.

But that doesn’t mean I’ve always chosen or packed wisely. On our first trip to Paris six years ago, we overpacked BIG time. We lugged a huge rolling duffel and two smaller (though not small) bags for two people for an  eight-day trip. And most of what I did bring was never worn, or didn’t suit our activities or environment. Those cute ballet flats? Murder on my feet after just an hour of walking about on gravel paths and cobblestones. The chic black swing jacket purchased in anticipation of the trip was too bulky to wear under my outerwear, and not warm enough to wear on its own. I brought far too many dressy clothes and heavy, structured pieces that were a wrinkled mess once unpacked. read more