Have you had the urge to spring clean as well?
Maybe it had to do with the approaching new year, but immediately following our trip to Utah, I dove into closets, boxes, & corners & have spent much of the past week sorting, cleaning, donating, & even contemplating "styling" our simple home.
I started with my closet.
I would venture to say, my wardrobe is smaller than a lot of women's (maybe even some men's) -- & the bulk is probably functional outdoor & active wear -- but there are still more clothes in there than I'd like to have. More frustrating than that is the fact there are only a couple pieces I really love:
My (newish) knee-high boots. The $10 mini-skirt that makes my legs feel strong & awesome. The flattering Anthropologie tank I'm wearing in this video. My cozy Patagonia hoodie, so worn I have holes in the end of my sleeves where my thumbs press. My favorite jeans. A pale, flowy, below-the-knee corduroy skirt. A pretty blue halter passed down from my best friend, Ashley, along with this dress I have to wear with the straps pinned together to hold it up. Maybe a couple others.
It has made me stop & think: I would love to have only a few (maybe a dozen) outfits I really love, rather than a closet full of clothes I'm only medium about.
This idea transfers to the rest of our home as well.
One year ago, I was inspired by a family featured in Sunset magazine who had greatly reduced the amount of clutter (in) & waste (coming out of) their home. We have done a lot this past year to reduce our own, but I have become a bit neglectful & want to refocus my efforts.
I want to truly love, use, & know everything in our home. So I guess the closet was as good a place as any to start.
I will be sharing ideas & what is working for us, moving through one room at a time. I think we'll start in the kitchen Monday, unless there is anything more you'd like to know about the closet or bedroom. I will post it as a series, every couple weeks, called "Less Waste" or "Reducing Waste" or something like that. Please let me know if you have specific questions, concerns, or ideas for this project. I am becoming a fan of 'short & sweet' posts more & more, but what do you like? For this series, would it be better for me to do specific, short posts tackling one/a few item(s) OR room overviews/lists with several ideas?