My original “Cloffice” design (you can read about it here and here) needed a little adjustment after working/dressing/living in it for a while – WOW what multi-tasking happens in this room. If these walls could talk..haha, OK, OK – I digress. Moving on, I noticed a few little items that would be nice to have and a few things that were just plain old taking up some valuable real estate.
So first things first, I realized that I wanted MY room to have a more feminine colour on the walls. I found this beautiful paint colour called “fairest pink” by Benjamin Moore. I love this colour pink; it’s sophisticated, energetic, and colourful while also being mellow at the same time. The historical details of this room offset with this modern colour give me all the feels. As they say, opposites attract.
I have a lot of clothes! Despite my best efforts to trim down my wardrobe, I can’t seems to streamline it. I have a girl scout mentality – always be prepared. Meaning don’t donate or trash this (insert ANY wardrobe item here), you might need that in 2 years time, or you might fit back into this at some point. Despite all common sense I keep it! I am trying to improve, I might even try to create a capsule wardrobe this year, more on that later.
The rolling rack I had in my previous “cloffice” design was just not cutting it. It was too small and had too little storage. HELLO, my shoes deserve some attention and a place to call home as well! After doing some research on Ikea’s famous PAX wardrobe system, I decided I didn’t need anything that extreme just yet. I decided on some simple and budget friendly items from the local hardware store. An eight-foot bar with equal length shelves above and below for shoe and accessory storage. For all three items – the bar, two shelves and hardware came to approximately $200 tax in. I might need to upgrade in the future, but we’ll see how this holds up for now.
The open closet holds my work wardrobe and the traditional closet plays host to my casual one. My 9-5 is a corporate job working in the healthcare sector, so I skew a little more conservative for my work wear attire – some co-workers refer to my style as “granny-chic” take that as you will. On the weekends I like to mix it up and experiment with my fashion.
It’s natural that as we use a space we figure what works for us and what we need/want it to provide us. I decided that I didn’t need those two bookshelves on either end of my credenza. Most of the items on those shelves didn’t need to be readily available, so based on that I moved them to a storage closet, where I could still grab items when needed. I also relocated the printer to the same storage closet – wireless access is a beautiful thing.
Organization is the name of the game, I am a visual person. I like to see what I need to accomplish for the day, week, month, etc. – goals, benchmarks, and my gosh, I need to get on that check list! That is where the big-ass calendar/organizer comes in. I like that when I’m sitting at my desk, I have that visual reminder to keep me on track. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither is this blog – it takes time, effort, blood, sweat and (a few) tears and I am going to try my best to nail it! I am giving this blogging thing a go. Because, well if I don’t I will always wonder why I didn’t just do it and honestly at my age why not, YOLO (is this still a thing?). I don’t want to look back and regret anything.
One idea I’m mulling over is creating a capsule wardrobe, but the hook is that I would start by creating one for both my work and casual closets. (Cole’s Note version of a capsule wardrobe, if you haven’t heard the term before – you limit the pieces of your wardrobe to 30-40 items. It’s supposed to help align your wardrobe and encourage you to mix and match several pieces to create different outfits). I also could see a huge benefit in time management and decision fatigue (yes, it’s a real thing! If you make many decisions for yourself and others in a day/week/month you have probably experienced this). Has anyone tried a capsule wardrobe? If so, any tips or tricks? Am I cheating by creating two? Is this something you would like to see a blog post about?