Wardrobe clearout

I've been reading lately about simplicity, about slowing down, about creating 'space' in our lives. Life can get crazy busy at times, I'm guilty of filling my days up too much, especially with our home schooling - there are so many cool classes to do and so many people to catch up with that it's hard to say no and your days just get filled to the brim.
So I'm being conscious, I'm trying to pull back a bit, take a breath, enjoy time with my children without always rushing them to the next thing.
And this applies to all areas of life, not just time. I'm trying to simplify my STUFF. 
But honestly, In reality I'm never going to be a minimalist, (my creative design loving brain just loves too many things!) but I am inspired by minimalism, and I have always loved the quote from William Morris - "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful."
Well, when I looked in my wardrobe there were many things that I did not consider to be useful or beautiful! So why on earth were they in my wardrobe I ask myself! Agh, messy! Stuffed full! Look! Eeek! How embarrassing really!
I'm fascinated by the capsule wardrobe, the idea that you just have a set limited number of items, just a few clothes that you love, and that you enjoy wearing, and you only replace them when they wear out. Imagine how easy it would be to get dressed in the morning! Really we can become so over indulgent when it comes to clothes can't we.
So with all this in mind I decided to have a massive clear out! I pulled EVERYTHING out!
And I sorted and folded and made big wobbling towering piles of clothes that I didn't actually like! And then, I ironed! I ironed all the clothes that needed ironing (Yes mum I ironed!). Because I had all these things hanging in my wardrobe that were crinkly and I could never be bothered ironing them when I was in a rush to get out the door and so I never wore them. Haha! I know, it's taken me 38 years to work this out.
So now this is what my wardrobe looks like - and yes I have a scarf obsession and yes I probably should get rid of some of my scarves, but I do actually love and wear all these.
And the towering pile of clothes that are NOT going back in my wardrobe! Too many! I'm slightly ashamed. But also feeling very proud of my accomplishment. It pretty much took me all day, with exhaustion breaks. And... It inspired Aaron to follow suit and clear out his side of the wardrobe too! So then for the next day every time I walked past I had to open the doors and just have a look at the whole thing and be amazed.

Friday forest walk

Are you ready for a forest walk?
He always knows when he's going somewhere because we put his collar on.
My camera is still not fixed, but I'm trying to embrace the photography-with-iphone. It just feel weird not having something substantial in my hands. But I'm kind of getting the hang of it and starting to see the world framed up as photos again like I used to. 



There was one amazing autumn coloured tree amongst a forest of green!



Morepork handmade goods

Morepork's Dallas Madsen (aka my mum) working in her studio at home.

My sisters and I get our creative genes from my mum, who in turn got them from her mum, who in turn got them from her mum - my Great Granny. So that's four generations, and it's not stopping, the next generation seem to have the creative genes too - and all my aunties and cousins and nephews. It's a strong gene! Always have to be making something us folk, always pottering away on some creative endeavour.
When I first set up Craftykin it was my younger sister and I selling our creative wares - hence the name CraftyKIN. But now its another of my kinfolk, my mum that's taken up residence in the Craftykin shop. She makes amazing jewellery out of polymer clay, and rope bags and baskets. She's a clever lady my mum!

We went to stay with her a couple of weeks ago so I took the opportunity to take a few photos while I was there. She's been busy pottering alright! And she always has new ideas that she's working on. (I bet she even made that cool wooden ladder display - am I right mum?). You can buy her lovely wares from our Craftykin shop on Felt.