Hello, my friends. It’s great to be back on the blog. I have had a good week off. Getting my house in order, so to speak. Which means I didn’t actually do any housework. Ha. But I did get my head in order. And my closet.
There’s nothing that reduces stress for me like organizing my wardrobe. Along with list-making, organizing is one of my most favourite things. My closet is so small that what’s in it at any one time is effectively a capsule wardrobe. Pieces I know I will reach for the most depending on the season. So a seasonal closet switchover is a must, in my opinion. How else would I manage with such a small closet? How else would I know what clothes I have, what I still love, what still fits, and what I don’t love anymore?
I filmed much of the process this time. Breaking it down into the steps that work for me. Packing fall and winter clothes away. Unpacking spring and summer, sorting out what can go directly into my closet, what goes back into storage until the weather is a bit warmer, and what no longer fits and will be donated.
The video is a bit shorter this time. I am trying to contain my yammering. Not always succeeding, but trying. Ha. I had issues with the wind and the sound outdoors. But my equipment and my editing ability are not exactly professional, so I hope you will make allowances.
Now, pour yourself another cup of tea, or wine depending on the time of day you are watching this, and enjoy.
I hadn’t quite finished a total switchover when I finished the video. I still had to sort out my exercise gear, sweatpants and sweatshirts which I keep on the shelf in my closet. Pack away ski gear, bring out cycling shorts and the like. I also switched out my winter bags, shoes, boots, and scarves for the spring summer stuff. Plus coats and outdoor jackets. That took me a day in itself.
Everything is done, now. Until the weather warms up in June, when I will bring out my summer pieces. And switch my light cashmere sweaters for sleeveless tanks and white jackets. My closet is organized. My shoes are all lined up nicely, bags stacked or hanging tidily, scarves folded neatly. What a great feeling. The hooks you can see behind me to the left, in the picture below, now hold my straw Eric Javits bag instead of that heavy, burgundy Mark Jacobs tote. And I smile contentedly every time I pass it.
I have set aside a few spring and summer pieces into a “maybe” pile. Maybe they might be factored into spring 2021, maybe they might be donated. I’ll let you know how that goes. I thought I might do an Allison Bornstein-style analysis of some of the pieces about which I am ambivalent. You know, the method she uses where she styles some of her “maybes” using some of her “regulars.” If you are new to Allison Bornstein’s closet editing system, you can check out my post here, or her video here.
I want to take a minute now to enthuse a little about my green cashmere sweater from Club Monaco. Can I pick them or can I pick them? I bought that sweater mostly because I saw in my head a vision of it with jeans and my navy spring jacket. I loved the sweater as soon it was delivered a month ago. It looks lovely with my green tweed fall jacket. But I was excited to see today that it really does look great with my navy spring blazer. Phew. I think that my investment in that sweater will pay off in the long run.
Before I close, I want to thank all my lovely readers for hanging in here with me on my blog. I really appreciated all the kind comments on my last post. All the queries about my mum. Who is still in hospital, but is slowly improving. I want to say thanks for your continued reading and commenting through a long year of lockdown whining, wobbles, and isolation diaries. Some weeks my creativity deserted me, and other weeks it was just plain weird. Nothing as weird as Hubby singing his lumberjack song in the December vlog, though. I promise you I had no idea what he was planning, and I could NOT restrain him. He is inordinately proud of the woodcutting part of that vlog. Ha.
If you are new around here, I hope you know that you are joining a wonderful group of intelligent, interesting, and supportive women. I cannot believe that my little retirement project has grown into such a community of friends. Friends who have definitely made pandemic living so much more bearable for me.
So… thanks for that. For all of it. xo
Now enough of this mushy stuff. Tell me… have you done your closet switchover?