This site is about my life in the art studio. It includes drawings, paintings, knitting and cross stitch and fun art techniques. I will also include recipes and yoga to keep the mind healthy and creative.
Today’s focus is the closet. I have been taking time sorting through my closets and reorganizing and decluttering. It’s been a slow process. Because let’s face it, I rather not do this.
I started with my dresser. I put my PJs in there. Also if it is winter, I store my summer tops, vice versa.
Some things are being donated from this pile.
Then I place all tops on my bed from the closet.
I sorted through those. Dividing it into sections,
Sections/categories to consider
Long sleeves lounge
Long sleeve for work
Dresses and skirts
Pants for work
And look, I have been looking for this sweater
It’s amazing how it looks. I washing some light weight clothes. I might be able to start incorporating those in my winter outfits soon.
wear my skirts and dresses to work again.
Wear what I have without needing to add anything to my closet.
if I need to buy something it has to fit in with: do I need it, can I use it more than once and is it neutral enough it can do with other items
I like color, minimalism is not about wearing white, cream, tans, neutrals and black. it is about simple life and if color in your clothes makes you happy and it adds to joy of life, then do it but have rules on how you buy color and fabrics. those rules can be do I need it, can I use it for more than once, is the fabric something I can use for more than one season.
Where do you live? I live in a state that has seasonal changes sometimes it can be 3 seasons in one day! Yes, a changing of clothes is not unusual. Shop for the seasons that seem to be longer, for me it is winter and summer. So my summer clothes are also something I can wear in part of the fall. My winter clothes, I can wear some in the beginning part of the spring. It’s adding color, jewelry and a lightweight cardigan to the outfit that can make it feel more like spring.
This is the donation pile.
My suggestions for decluttering are:
Find a block of time to work on it
what is your vision for this area?
make a plan-are you going to reorganize or will you be decluttering and donating?
put items in sections/categories-lounge wear, work, date night, active wear, etc
make a dedicated area for donation pile and one for throwing away
Start noticing areas you have more than enough and areas that might need to be replaced
try a challenge of not shopping for new clothes for a year, see what you can do without and what you can be creative with
minimalism is not about having one of everything, it is about finding what your needs are, and staying with the vision of simple living.
4pawsartstudio, just has not been making art lately. I have been cross stitching, as my previous post gave you an update about Rue Paris. I will be knitting today in-between my client sessions. It will be snowing later, so I might just take another day to relax and tiddy up my downstairs. I am making barbeque chicken in the crock pot and later will make chicken patties for later in the week. I am working on tidying up my pantry and freezer. I have a goal to plan my meals and thought to wait until most items are eaten and I need to return to the grocery store. That is something to stay posted for in the future, is my menu planning. Art and painting will return, I am needing to get my house organized better with less clutter. (paper shredding is in serious need to be priority this week)!!!
Put all ingredients in crockpot on high for 3-4 hrs. Then let it cool. Use an immersion blender to make it smooth.
Some recipes call for sweet apples. I did not have any. It is snowing today and I just didn’t want to go to the store. So I skipped the apples for the soup.
I was not a fan of this soup. I will not make this again. I prefer the butternut squash soup from Organic Imagine brand. It is gluten free as well. It is at Whole Foods Market and Amazon. I also found it at my local grocery store.
Autoimmune has this controversy do you eat or should you eat white potatoes. I have not found any difference in my flares if I eat white potatoes. So I will eat some white potatoes and then include sweet potatoes in my meals the following week if I want a potato. I eat white potatoes in moderation.
Today is cold with 12 inches of snow outside. The day might be a work from home day. Most of my clients are having their session by video. I’m waiting on one client to let me know what she wants.
I have not been doing yoga much lately. I started a yoga challenge with Yoga with Kassandra. The challenge is a 15 min yoga stretch and then a 5 min meditation.
I have energy after that!
I had a fruit smoothie with blueberries, banana, dairy free yogurt and protein powder. Put all in a blender with almond milk.
Then I toasted a bagel and spread dairy free chive cream cheese from kite hill on it.
If course I needed a little chocolate, so I have 2 squares of enjoy life chocolate bar.
To make life a little easier, preparing for dinner early is the best thing to do for myself. After the client sessions, I’m exhausted mentally and physically my body is swollen from sitting most of the day.
I boiled frozen broccoli florets. That will be for the salad for dinner.
I also cleared out the refrigerator. I froze the fruit I had in there before it goes bad. That is the fruit I use for smoothies.
I have the urge for chocolate brownies. The recipe is on the back of King Arthur gluten free measure for measure flour.