Autumn capsule: preparation

  There’s a chill in the air, a diminishing of leaves on the trees and my summer clothes are beginning to feel inadequate – autumn is coming! Personally, I love autumn – or fall for my US readers :-). I like the excuse to snuggle into warmer clothes, dust off my boots and start lighting…

Autumn capsule: planning

When I’m planning a new capsule, I have a simple technique to figure out the proportions of what type of clothes I need: Calculate the hours in a week Figure out how many hours I’m in sleepwear (not just asleep!) Count how many hours are spent at work (including commuting) What’s left is down-time, so…

Minimalism and perfection

Sometimes I get side-tracked by the pursuit of perfection. Here’s my dilemma …. I love reducing the number of items I have – living with less – clearing the clutter. It helps my outlook, my contentment levels and my appreciation for what I have. But I can get locked into a mindset that looks like…

Neutral cardigan and the absence of joy

I love Marie Kondo’s phrase of ‘does this spark joy?’ when reviewing an item, but sometimes think it’s overstating how I feel.  My raincoat doesn’t exactly spark joy but I wouldn’t be without it.  So, I’ve tended to use The Minimalists’ phrase of ‘does this add value to my life?’.  This suits me better and…

Fear and clothing in Hartley Wintney

You know when you’re so enthusiastic about something that you actually put someone off?! I was talking to a friend last week – she complimented me on my dress and I thanked her. ‘Of course, you do that capsule wardrobe thing, don’t you?’ she said. ‘Yes’, I replied.  ‘I love it – I’d never go…

De-cluttering my books

Emboldened by my success in de-cluttering my clothes, some months ago I started to de-clutter my books. The wise Ms. Kondo, in her Life-Changing Magic of Tidying advises de-cluttering books, after clothes, and this is good advice.  If I had started with books, I would never have moved past them.  But de-cluttering my wardrobe has…

Packing for US Holiday – review

I had a terrific holiday in the US – a highlight were the beautiful sunsets in St. Pete’s Beach – and my capsule worked out quite well.  There were some successes and some learning…   Successes: I find so much value in my packing cubes! They make life simpler, seem to magically reduce the space the clothes…

Summer Capsule – 14 tops!

What was I thinking?!  Some time ago, I wrote about my disquiet regarding this summer’s capsule wardrobe .  I felt it hadn’t gelled as well as it might have done but I wasn’t sure why.  I was also slightly bemused as to why I felt the need to include 14 tops (pictures of some below!)…

Minimalism and shopping

So, I have three handbags: Cross-body bag Large tote One with top handles which I got in the US about 8 years ago I love that one so much that I rarely use it!!   I annoy myself when I write that.  If a friend told me about a bag she loved but didn’t use, I…