Monday, October 19, 2015

My Konmari Method Closet Makeover

  I really like clothes.  There are so many tangents I could go off on related to them:  the history of a fabric, the idea of creating a pattern, different fasteners, garment finishes, the memories I have attached to things I've worn, thinking about the history of a thrift store item before I bought it, how to copy and create a "look" I want to wear...I could go on and on.
  Because of all that emotional investment, how can I get rid of anything?
  Because of all that curiosity, how can I stop buying new things? 
  I have had to finally answer these questions because I am running out of space.  I have had to confront what I really want out of my clothing because I want to not only enjoy what I have, but also to be smart about what I bring into my closet from this point forward so I don't neglect to use the things I already have. 
 Organizing what I have into a system where I can see it is what I have needed to do.  I've seen articles and forum threads about professional organizer Marie Kondo's book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up which is also referred to as the "Konmari method" of de-cluttering and organizing your belongings.
  How you organize clothing drawers is probably the most recognizable aspect of her method.  In the past I folded things like they are folded on shelves at the clothing store.  The variation of the Konmari method is that you flip them over and fold them in half one more time and store them on end, so that everything is visible and not stacked on top of each other.
 Here is my dresser with my T shirts, shorts, and capri-length pants. I am really enjoying being able to get what I want without digging through my drawers to find it:
These are my dresses in the closet before I reorganized.  I had even more dresses in a drawer because there wasn't room to hang them all up:

 I switched to uniformly colored ultra-thin coat hangers from AmazonBasics.  Changing the coat hangers meant I was able to take the additional clothes from my dresser drawer and put them back into the closet.  It's still full but it's more functional now and dresses aren't getting wrinkled from being squished together.  Here's the after photo:

I've always kept my scarves on a hanging scarf organizer, but I switched to a folded, stacked on a shelf method for them so I can see them all at once:

The last bit I'd like to highlight is how I'm sorting my slips and shapewear.  Everything is black or nude, so it all looks the same in the drawer. I put like items into quart- or gallon-sized Ziploc bags and labeled the contents for ease of use.  The drawer also stays more organized because I'm not rooting around it looking for what I want:

  I've been so happy with this organizational approach that I've done the same with my kids' and my husband's closets!
  I encourage you to give the Konmari method a try- if you don't want to buy the book there's lots of other people posting about their experiences on the internet, on youtube and on pinterest to give you inspiration.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Pan Movie Review


 At the beginning of Pan you are told:
Sometimes friends begins as enemies and enemies begin as friends. Sometimes to truly understand how things ends, we must first know how they begin.
  This movie is where we come to learn the story of how Peter Pan ended up at Neverland.  There is a bad guy played  by Hugh Jackman (Or as we call him at my house, Huge Ackman, thanks to his cameo in the third installment of Night At the Museum). There are good guys you can cheer for and still others who you have to categorize under a question mark as you are not quite sure if you can trust them.   
  Since I don't see how I can really talk about specifics of the movie without using spoilers, I can only really say that as we walked out of the theater, my 12 year old daughter and I had enjoyed ourselves.  The movie was a bit ambitious- the plot rolled along with only a few minor lulls but I felt at times that I wanted them to spend a couple minutes more on elements such as Blackbeard and Peter's mother and why the fairies needed Peter (it looked like they were doing just fine at defending themselves when push came to shove??).
  My daughter wanted more closure about Hook and Peter, but I suppose that will come in a sequel if one is made.  She was taken aback by modern songs being used by the characters but allowed that perhaps it could be considered "edgy." 
  The reception to Pan hasn't been amazing, but I certainly think it's good enough for a family movie night.