I’ve been listening to Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. It has got me going through my closets doing some organizing. I’ve done only my clothes and have at least two trash bags. I imagine before all is said and done I will be amazed at everything I get rid of. While undergoing this project I decided to work on creating a more cohesive closet. It seems that I have a bunch of things that don’t go with much or are so worn they need to be tossed. I’ve been whittling down to fewer colors so I create a basic capsule wardrobe and build from there. The bonus is that the fabric I already have to sew all falls in this palette so it will be much easier.
I ordered some new leather last night to make my husband a planner cover for his Field Notes and some to make myself a new bag and some notebook covers for the store. Look at that beautiful orchid color. Ugh, so in love with it. Yes, it will go with my pared down wardrobe too. I was thinking ahead.
Have any of you Konmari’d your life or created a capsule wardrobe?
When you get a whiff of layoffs happening, it is always smart to formulate a plan B. I used to have a different plan B, sewing and alterations. That however was not so easy to do. I ended up with zero time for myself and undervaluing my work and time. I am not ending up with a layoff as I have seniority and get to keep my position. My husband is not so lucky. Enter Plan B. My new plan is based on my love of planners. I have used many planners over the years and see the beauty in the different systems.My favorite it the Midori Traveler Notebook style. I like adding notebooks as needed and taking apart notebooks when I don’t need them. I made my own cover in the fall from some gorgeous leather from The Leather Guy in Minnesota. I bought a lovely chestnut Chromexcel for myself and very thick black leather to make a cover for my son.
I didn’t get a picture of his, but it is Field Note sized and has multiple notebooks in it. Field Notes is a great size for him, he is in the Army, as it fits in his uniform so he can take notes whenever needed. My husband steals my Field Notes books so he can keep all his lists. Lists of musical recordings by artists, different equipment used in World War II, comic books he has or has sold and so on.
My planner is the standard Midori size but with a Field Notes insert for bill tracking. It makes it much easier to sort through the mail that way. I just open a bill, put the new balance in and schedule a payment online.Helps keep me from being a paper hoarder. Me and stacks of paper-ugh. Keeping everything in a planner is so much easier. I spent this weekend ordering all my garden seeds and have two pages of seeds in my planner to keep me from doubling up when I go to the store for things and am tempted by spring gardening supplies. Seriously, what would I do without all this organization?
Hopefully by the end of March I will have all my new inventory in and I can open plan B-my online store with planner accessories. Then everyone can have the gift of organization. I will have notebooks, washi tape, bookmarks, hopefully some handmade leather covers, stickers and other assorted planning goodies.