Cat looking out the window

Cat in a window

Contemplating the outdoors

One of our cats is looking out the window, watching the world go by.

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No “Mother Canada” statue in a national park

Parks Canada has announced that there won’t be a 24-m statue in the park at Ingonish, Nova Scotia.

Flip-folders

I saw a video of one of these flip-folders for folding clothes. Let’s see if I can insert the video:

Child poverty right here

Toronto is still the Child Poverty Capital of Canada, with 28% of children growing up in poverty.

A tall building looms into the sky

1 Bloor St. East under construction

Project 33 capsule wardrobe

This links to a course about making a wardrobe with only 33 items. I don’t think that underwear counts. Project 33 capsule wardrobe.

Capsule wardrobes

A capsule wardrobe is the concept of having basic pieces that go together and wearing them often. Here’s a good explanation: Capsule Wardrobe 101. The author’s guidelines are that capsules are made up of useful clothes that

  • are suitable for the season
  • fit today
  • are appropriate for your lifestyle

She links to best practices for developing your own capsule wardrobe.

Seasonal minimalist wardrobes

I’ve heard about having 33 items of clothing but that doesn’t really appeal to me. For one thing, we have four different seasons when we’re in different moods about what to wear. Spring may be as cold as fall, but it seems warmer after the long winter.

So I’m trying this: seasonal minimal wardrobes. Pick out clothes for summer, fall, winter, and spring. I have four large tote boxes into which the off-season clothes go. Fall is reds and browns; winter is dark clothes, long sleeves and pants lined for warmth; summer is lightweight and light coloured; spring is cheerful colours. Some clothing, like blue jeans, carries over to all seasons.

What this does is immediately make more room in my dresser, since I’m not trying to fit in clothes for contrasting seasons. There’s not a complete separation between the clothes; nor do I count them. But there’s something sweet in putting away a season and not getting it out again for nine months. It also helps to keep me from feeling I have too many of something, because the extras are for other seasons.

My seasons are June – August, September – November, December – February, and March – May. I’ll want to keep the totes on the premises: I’m still sorting out which clothes belong to which season.