Friday, January 30, 2015

Mid-Winter Closet Touch-Up

Montauk Round Hamper, at The Container Store

Today I'm tidying up my closet. I sorted it out back in the fall when I switched my sundresses out for winter sweaters and heavier clothing, but it's gotten messy since then.


  • Tidy up for the weekend - Empty or fill dishwasher as needed; wipe down kitchen and bathroom counters (not with the same rag!); refresh hand towels and toilet paper in bathrooms as needed; empty trashcans throughout the house; declutter coffee table and dining table as needed.
  • Need to fill up with gas for the weekend, or pick up cash at an ATM? Stop by a Redbox to rent a movie? Stop by the grocery store for fresh fruit?
  • Finalize social plans for the weekend. If you're going to a Superbowl party, do you need to shop for or cook what you're bringing?
  • If you're hosting a Superbowl party, have you thought out or made a list of your cleaning chores and preparation tasks?

TODAY'S PROJECT: Tidying Up My Closet

The Calvin Klein blouse I'm tempted by, but I'll have to get rid of two other blouses before I can buy it, as I'm self-imposing a "two out, one in" rule for my closet

My closet has gotten a little disorganized since I cleaned it right before the holidays this winter. My bathrobe is buried under a couple sweaters I'm trying to decide on keeping or donating; the laundry basket is overflowing; my nightgowns shelf is in disarray; and several blouses wandered over into the skirts section and need to go back where they belong.

I plan to spend just fifteen minutes or so straightening, folding, rehanging, and reorganizing my closet before I go out to dinner tonight.

I spy with my little eye two pairs of red flats that I promised myself I would donate if I didn't wear them over the holidays. I'm not really supposed to be wearing flats anymore (per my physical therapist and chiropractor) so I suppose I must bundle them up tonight and drop them at a shoes donation bin on the way to dinner, before I lose my nerve!

How is your closet doing? Are you able to find what you're looking for quickly, assemble a cute outfit, and put things away quickly when you're done folding laundry?

LOVELY BLOGS: Vintage Recipe Cards

Here's a fun blog full of often horrific recipe photos, many from the 1970s. This blog would really come in handy should you be tempted to throw an "unappetizing food from the 1970s" type theme party. Currently blogging about nausea-inducing cottage cheese rings, a frightening jellied chicken salad, and a creamed liver loaf that will send you running to the bathroom just from viewing the photo. All humor aside, there's a lot of interesting things here to learn about vintage food history and styles and trends in food in decades past.

LOVELY KIDS: Vintage Valentine Reproductions

These reproductions of old vintage Valentines are listed as "paper dolls" but don't include any actual dolls. I thought it might be fun to cut these out and send to friends who like nostalgia and vintage things. They're a nice alternative for classroom Valentine's too, if you find it unpleasant to think about your little girl giving out too-trendy My Little Pony or Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles valentines.

Vintage Valentines on eBay


Avocado Cream Cheese Wontons (The Experimental Spoon)

Baked Avocado Fries (Mother Nature Network)

Baked Egg in Avocado (Style Phantom)

Beetroot and Red Pepper Tartlets (Miss Eco Glam)

Chunky Cucumber, Feta and Fennel Dip (Belleau Kitchen)

Individual Seven Layer Taco Dip (This Ole Mom)

Mustard Soup (Judith's Kitchen)

Omelette with Caramelized Onions, Mushrooms and Avocado (Williams-Sonoma Taste)

Sweet Potato Black Bean Burger (Minimalist Baker)

3 Ingredient Dark Chocolate Peppermint Mousse (Minimalist Baker)

Winter Citrus Bars (Sugar Dish Me)

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