Spring Cleaning is typically the time of year folks go through their closets and weed out clothing they no longer want to keep. With good intentions they would like to donate the castoffs for others to use. A very noble … Continue reading An Illustrated Guide to Donating Used Clothing
Last night the wind was fiercely blowing. I had hung my laundry out to dry earlier that day. Hours later, a family member alerted me that the laundry was whirling around reminiscent of the tornado scene from Wizard of Oz. … Continue reading How Many Clothes are ‘Enough’?
The frustrated shout of “Maaa!! These aren’t my socks! They’re _’s (fill in name of family member). Sound familiar? When different sizes are difficult to tell apart there is often some mix-ups. Right? It makes sorting laundry a nightmare. This … Continue reading Avoid Clothing Mix-ups by Labeling
Have you ever been to a clothing swap? If you aren’t familiar with the concept I will borrow Wikipedia’s definition: “A clothing swap is a type of swapmeet wherein participants exchange their valued but no longer used clothing for clothing they will use. Clothing swaps are considered not only a … Continue reading How to Avoid Clutter from a Clothing Swap
Are you one of the multitude who’ve hopped on the downsizing bandwagon and purged your closet keeping only what sparks joy? The Konmari craze of decluttering exploded worldwide with Netfix’s show Tidying Up With Marie Kondo. If you have been … Continue reading I’ve Konmari’d My Clothes…Now What?
The secret to the “I never have anything to wear” dilemma is to keep only clothing you love in your closet. Let’s say you were running late and need to grab a top and a bottom. Would you be comfortable … Continue reading Don’t Second-Guess
What do I love about winter? I love the woolly sweaters, tall leather boots, hot cocoa, and cocooning under a pile of blankets. What don’t I love? I don’t love the pile of coats making my four room apartment look extremely cluttered. We are a family of eight, but not an eight-coat family. We have heavy winter coats, mid weight coats, Shabbos coats, raincoats. By the way, I live in a country where there aren’t built in closets. “NO CLOSETS?? HOW DO YOU MANAGE?” I utilize a coat rack and over the door hooks. Not pictured is a third bedroom that has two over the door coat racks like … Continue reading The Winter Coat Dilemma
Transitions suck. I apologize for such crude language. However, that is my current sentiment and I couldn’t think of anything else more refined sounding. I have previously written about transitioning over a wardrobe between seasons. The “knowing how” is one thing; the steps aren’t difficult. The difficult part is contending with Mother Nature’s fickleness between seasons. One day it’s hot–summer clothes. The next day it’s chilly–warm clothes. It’s cold in the morning, then hot midday, and then cooling of in the late afternoon. An adult can manage to put on a sweater and take it off. A four-year old…or eight year … Continue reading Seasonal Clothing Transitions Part II
For me, the first crisp fall day is the time to reevaluate what clothes to keep in the closets. Fall and spring are both fickle in daily weather changes, and as we used to say in Chicago, more accurately– the weather changes minute-by-minute. So after a HOT HOT summer, even a 10 degree drop in temperature gets me excited about my favorite black leather boots and cable-knit sweaters. Doing a clothing inventory is important for you and everyone else in the home as well. However this is especially necessary if there are children in the household, as they tend to grow like weeds … Continue reading 10 Easy Steps to Transition a Child’s Wardrobe Between Seasons