A Seasonal Changeover

Miss Flighty is back. It just so happens that this week’s podcast episode was about Personal Style, and I decided to try my hand at another seasonal wardrobe changeover. These are entirely unrelated activities, however. I did my very best in this week’s episode to explain that thinking about issues of personal style is notContinue reading “A Seasonal Changeover”

A Contentment Reboot

Ugh. Do you know what it is time to do in my house? Declutter. Again. I’m overwhelmed. Again. I’m overwhelmed, but not in the way I can be. Lately, I don’t mind it when the boys get out every. single. Playmobil. toy to create their worlds. Or when they dump out the huge bin ofContinue reading “A Contentment Reboot”

The Ideal Life Round-Up: A Clean House

Hear ye, hear ye, we have arrived at the last Ideal Life theme of our cycle, and it is, by no means the most agreeable. To avoid dragging myself through the muck, I’ll let you, if you’re interested, take a look at my original article about this lovely theme of a Clean House. In myContinue reading “The Ideal Life Round-Up: A Clean House”

The Ideal Life Round-Up: Parenting

Here we were, 5:00 on Christmas morning, and I was almost 100% sure I knew how this was going to go down. I knew for a fact that my boys would see all the bounty under the tree, and that even before they would start opening their presents, that my eldest would cry about somethingContinue reading “The Ideal Life Round-Up: Parenting”

The Ideal Life Round-Up Contentment

Similar to the Ideal Life Theme of “Gravitas”, “Contentment” is quite idiosyncratic. If “Gravitas” is part of my Ideal Life, it is because I have always felt as though, for some reason, I never properly grew up into an adult. If “Contentment” is part of my Ideal Life, it is because I have never beenContinue reading “The Ideal Life Round-Up Contentment”

You should really stop shopping! Part Two: Why do you shop?

Please tell me I am not the only person who does this! I will be in the middle of something. Folding the laundry on the dining room table, for example, or putting away stray coats that ended up on the floor in the front hall, or working diligently on editing a novel, when suddenly, andContinue reading “You should really stop shopping! Part Two: Why do you shop?”

You should really stop shopping! Part One: Living off the Land

It’s a thought that may have crossed your mind once you got home and balanced your checkbook and realized that maybe you shouldn’t have bought that silky navy blue top. Or maybe you found yourself hiding the evidence of your purchase from the people you live with…and when you wore your purchase for the firstContinue reading “You should really stop shopping! Part One: Living off the Land”

It’s not yours to keep

Throughout this year of buying no clothes, I experienced a palette of emotions concerning what I own. There was the initial freak out and covetousness, the painstaking early period during which I tried to figure out ironing (short-lived, I promise), the time of careful, attentive alterations, followed by the wild and carefree era of refashioning.Continue reading “It’s not yours to keep”

Creativity and Discarding

A while back, I wrote a “how to do your taxes” guide for creative people, in which there was absolutely no information about how to actually do your taxes. The personal responses I received to this surprised me: there are creative people out there who, like me, struggle to get motivated to even start thinkingContinue reading “Creativity and Discarding”

Layers and details

The most relatable decluttering maven I have come across is Dana K. White, who is, herself, a creative person. She is funny, lucid and very very pedagogical. Her blog, A Slob Comes Clean, or one of her books (my favorite is Decluttering at the Speed of Life), are practical and perfect for people like us.Continue reading “Layers and details”