Wednesday, September 14, 2011
14th Day in a Chic September
For the month of September I plan to document daily steps I have taken towards a chic, elegant and healthy life. My goal is to keep uppermost in my mind the kind of life I want to live. I will be focusing on all the small things I do each day that lead me towards my goal, rather than away from it.
Here are today’s mini-chic accomplishments:
Played opera on the iPod whilst tidying up the house. It made me feel so Italian and cultured!
Had a booking with my French facial lady today. Oh the bliss. My skin feels like velvet now.
Started reading new library book Shoe String Chic by Kerrie Hess on the recommendation of Vicki at French Essence. Also swooned at the latest French Essence 'de-cluttering the wardrobe' post. So inspiring.
Took advantage of the blustery wind and hung washing out to dry as well as opening windows and airing the house.
Curing myself of ‘it might be useful some day’ by getting creative with my declutter donating. I rung around a few places today and will be doing drop-offs soon.
A large amount of acrylic yarn, all brand new (from my grandmother-in-law when she moved into a home), to the SPCA for their crew of knitters who make dog jackets for chilly homeless canines, and a cat charity which is definitely not as big as the SPCA but the woman whose number is on the website knits cat coats for needy cats and also makes beanies, catnip mice, booties etc which she sells to raise money for their cat shelter. There are such lovely people around it makes my eyes prick!
Next I rung the Womans Refuge to see if they would like my overflowing collection of (new) hotel mini-items and assorted toiletries that I have gathered. It will be nice to think of them being used.
I’m not saying all this to toot my own horn, but that I care about where stuff goes. I am a bit of a hoarder in that way I suppose. I could never throw anything useful out. I would feel disrespectful. So I find out the places where it can be used by the people that need it. Moving is a good incentive to do it now.
Dropped off today a single-size wardrobe worth of my husband’s clothing. It was all quite expensive stuff, mostly from the 90s. He’d kept hold of it even though he knew he wouldn’t wear any of it again simply because it cost him so much and he still loved the styles (in a sentimental way). There were also some items from the 2000s which he just doesn’t wear anymore having lost a bit of weight (at least 10kg, over 20 pounds). I guess he’s been inspired by my streamlining, because last week he flicked through the hangers, and took out everything apart from two items. He asked if I would drop them off at the op shop.
I’d told him about a man our age in the Red Cross shop when I was there last week. He had a baby in a small buggy and was trying on a suit. When he came out of the dressing room he was asking the woman at the counter if she thought the pants could be let down successfully. My husband said not to tell him anymore because it made him too sad. Maybe that man made him ok about clearing out clothing he will no longer wear.
If you feel like you want to make September a chic month for you as well, please join me. You are welcome to share your mini-chic accomplishments for the day (or the previous day if you read in the morning) in the comments section. It would be lovely to have you along for the ride!