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Organizing a Closet

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

  • Lounge pants
  • Sweat shirts
  • Long sleeves lounge
  • Long sleeve for work
  • Summer/spring wear
  • 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.

My Goals

  • 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)!!!

Happy Day

Caroline

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Checking Off My List

I wrote a list at the beginning of the year as a goal to minimize my home.

List

  • Go through make-up and nail polish
  • Go through office
  • Repaint office-brighten it
  • Go through art work
  • Storage room- reorganize
  • Get rid of things in storage closet not using
  • Clean out closet in office
  • Go through kitchen drawers
  • Reorganize cookbooks
  • Go through clothes

I have succeeded in checking off a lot on this list.

What is left?

  • Repaint office
  • Go through art work
  • Go through clothes.

Arts and Crafts List

  • Finish winter Gathering
  • Finish knit shawl
  • Finish knit scarf
  • Finish wooden houses
  • Start new cross stitch
  • Start knit blanket
  • Painting and drawing- when I feel need to create, I’ll be in the studio

Accomplished on Arts and Crafts

  • Finished winter Gathering
  • Started new cross stitch
  • Working on daily to finish the knitted shawl.
  • working on knitted scarf when a client does not show for a session

Stay tuned to my decluttering progress, more gluten free meals, more art and anything in-between!

*thanks for following me, it a wonderful support to know someone cares what I say and doing in my life!*

Happy Day

Caroline

book · cross stitch · gluten free · organizing · simple life

Cuddling with Books

The other day I tried making gluten free pita bread. It was a flop. I decided to buy a few gluten free cookbooks to learn more about it.

The books arrived today. I’m going to sit on the sofa and read a little and watch some tv. Then I need to go through another cross stitch pattern I found and decide if I want to start stitching it after winter gatherings.

Did You Know

I’m at the introduction of the gluten free cookbook and learning so much.

I didn’t know that you can not measure gluten free flour the same as wheat flour. And it’s best to use a kitchen scale.

Off to the store tomorrow to buy a kitchen scale.

Dinner

Here’s my dinner:

It’s Salmon, rice, beets, asparagus. With a glass of water.

Earlier today I started organizing and looking through a bin on my vanity.

Most items in this bin was thrown away. Yes, all nail polish was tossed. Only the clear nail polish was kept. I’m not into painting nails anymore.

Tomorrow there’s a few clients on my schedule. But I am planning to get to the store and then try to go through my cleaning supplies and reorganize the closet in the office.

Then stitching at night until I fall asleep. I don’t care for new years eve. So it’s not important to watch the ball drop. I rather get sleep!

Happy Evening

Caroline