Part of my Season One script includes making changes to my house, specifically getting the excess stuff in my home out of my home. I am very organized, and have always kept a very tight rein on the items we keep in our home. However, what no one tells you about college kids is when they leave for college, they do not take all of their stuff, so you continue to babysit scads of items that do not belong to anyone living in the house. Clothes. Shoes. Hats. Papers. Instruments. Photos. Books. We have been living in a state of adult-children-limbo for over a year, and it was heightened this summer when our older two were at camp and really did not have room for many personal belongings. No more!
I have been waiting for the weather to cool off before tackling the project, and this was the week! I spent most of Saturday, Sunday, and Monday organizing, boxing, cataloging, and transporting my older two kids’ stuff away from our house and into a storage unit. The process was involved, and of course included cleaning out areas unrelated to my kids’ (If you give a mouse a cookie, right?), but once I started moving, the pieces fell into place fairly quickly. I’m thinking about writing a blog post on the topic, so let me know if this sounds interesting or not. The end result, with those boxes stacked in a storage unit and spaces reclaimed in our home, was exhilarating!
Here is what I wore this week…
Casual jeans for casual weekend work. I organized a lot of different piles, went grocery shopping, and began pulling out everything that needed attention. Unrelated to what I am wearing, but my favorite tool for storing large piles of clothes in small spaces are these vacuum bags from Amazon.
On Saturday I sealed and cataloged all of Annie’s belongings in vacuum bags and boxes, and at the end of the day, I felt great.
On Monday, I dove into our garage. In order to have a place to store some of the items I was organizing, I needed to clear out some piles from the garage. The highlight of the day? Organizing a clothing rack completely devoted to costumes! We are a big costume family, and our collection spans from pink bunny to supreme court justice to fairy princess. It felt good to have it all in one location.
With my three-day clean-out project behind me, I was excited to get dressed in “normal” clothes. This outfit did not work until I cuffed the jeans. Sometimes that is the secret to wearing a ballet flat…you need to show a little ankle to get the proportions right. I also think I need a black belt, which I do not own, but I have my eye on this classic option. Do not sleep on this oversized blazer from Target…it’s so good!
Still loving these black jeans from Madewell. They almost look like a pant, but they have the ease of denim.
I have seen this style of dress in several places, and when I saw one at Target, I grabbed it to see if I could make it work. Bottom line: I love it! I styled in way down for this look, but am excited to dress it up soon. The ruching at the waist is my favorite feature.
When I was getting dressed Friday, I saw my heels on the floor of my closet and thought I’d just slip them on to see how they felt. Then I decided to keep them on while I put on my makeup and ate breakfast. Then, I kept them on as I gathered my things for work, and I was feeling so good (but also realizing my heel-walking skills have gotten rusty) I decided to wear them to work. I grabbed a pair of ballet flats to take with me as a backup, but I wore heels through lunch! Quite a testimony for the quality of these heels, because no way that would have worked in any other pair. Worth every penny. Anyways, I am still loving this silky top from Anthropologie, and the silky flower headband felt right.