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”

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”

The many, many benefits of decluttering

I can’t believe that there is still anything here to declutter. But believe it or not, I keep finding things. After one full week of ruthless decluttering, I am still finding the occasional odd or end that no longer has a home at my address. This has been, without a doubt, one of the strangestContinue reading “The many, many benefits of decluttering”

Joy is Not Black or White

Quick! Before you do your summer closet declutter! Let me just get a word in edgewise. I know that summer is the perfect time to do that big big big closet overhaul. But before you do, I want plant an idea or two in your thoughts for consideration. This article will contain lots of linksContinue reading “Joy is Not Black or White”

A Clean House

To come round out my unfitness as a wife and mother is another wholly socially unacceptable gem of a character trait: I am a terrible terrible terrible terrible housekeeper. Don’t get me wrong. I love a clean house. I love a sparkly floor or a clean shower-thing-you-put-the-soap-on. I don’t just passively dislike housekeeping. I activelyContinue reading “A Clean House”

Mise en Place Cliff’s Notes

Before we continue our ode to Mise en Place this week, which we will be doing with intervention from my sister again on one of her favorite topics, that of pretty undergarments, and one of my favorite topics, wardrobe theory, I want to take a moment to give a quick overview of what we haveContinue reading “Mise en Place Cliff’s Notes”

Life Transitions

Mise en Place, the first step in the magical process by which we start to love what is in our closet, is made immensely easier when the clothes in our closet are suitable to our lifestyle, the season of life we are currently in and fit the body we currently have, not the one weContinue reading “Life Transitions”

The Inventory

I have mentioned this before, but at some point in my life I read that Princess Diana had an assistant who kept track of every outfit she wore, on what occasion. As someone who used to idolize Princess Diana, this little fact took on mythic proportions in my brain. I have scoured Google looking forContinue reading “The Inventory”

Ideal Life Week Two

Let’s recap yesterday’s episode: For each day of the Ideal Life Exercise there is a theme, one broad category of life in which I believe that if I made progress, I would be closer to my Ideal Life, as defined by a long series of In my Ideal Life I am a person who… statements.Continue reading “Ideal Life Week Two”

I am a person who…(fill in the blank)

I don’t know where the flash came from, but, as with most brilliant thoughts I have in my life, I can count on it not having originated with me. It was a whispered thought in someone else’s voice. It was a little prompt written on the tablet of my heart that said: In my IdealContinue reading “I am a person who…(fill in the blank)”