Flip-folders

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

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.

Kitchen table

I tried re-arranging the kitchen a bit today. There’s not much room but this is perhaps the most usable orientation.

A kitchen table with a few things on it, long side against the wall.

Errands, starring cat neurological checkup

The plan was to be out the door by 2:15 p.m. since the cat’s appointment was at 3:30 and the trip can easily take an hour. I got out at 2:16, to the veterinary hospital by 3:00. I spent time reading my book and admiring the transfusion cats in their glassed-in enclosure & looking at the book about the first cats to live in it. Two cats had served their three years and were up for adoption. They are the tabby on the left and the intriguing fellow in the toy-basket.

cats-henrys-house-med

I didn’t see Veterinary Neurologist until about 3:45 because of an emergency patient, then had to wait for the cat’s meds to be made up, pay, and set the next appointment.

It was rush hour, so even going on to a smaller city, the drive took until about 6 p.m.. No one was home, so I put the things I was delivering on the back porch. I had felt far too spaced-out by the end of the drive, as though highway hypnosis were setting in, so I moved van to a nearby parking lot. I let the cat out of his box and offered him water and a litter-box (sans litter). Then I curled up under a blanket and rested with eyes closed for about an hour. I may have slept.

When I felt alert, I got underway with puss settled on the back seat. I bought gasoline and got a cheeseburger to share with the cat, then drove back to Toronto. I left the highway one stop early and bought coffee beans at our local Starbucks. The cat uttered one meow as we got near our street. Do you think they smell it? Home! I encouraged the cat back into the box and unloaded everything. At first, I couldn’t find my phone but it turned out that the cat had been lying on it since my rest. Finally, we were back in house at 9 p.m.. That was quite a long errand! The cat got a celebratory meal of canned food and I got onto the computer.

Mending: label hole

I took a chunk out of this this sweater when I was cutting off the label. A few stitches and I can wear it again.

One more thing out of the mending pile and into the clean clothes.