wardrobe: taking better care of things

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As my wardrobe evolves, I’m motivated to take better care of my things.  

I tried handwashing my delicates with fine laundry detergent for the first time.  Lots of bloggers swear by Woolite but I decided to opt for a powdered formula so that I could take some on the airplane when traveling.  Forever New has been around for a long time and has tons of positive reviews on Amazon.  I have nothing to compare it to, but it got my bralette pretty clean and left a subtle fresh scent.  I bought the tiny bottle to test it out, and if all goes well, I’ll invest in the larger bottle next time.  A little goes a long way, so it’s probably going to be a while before I need to replace it.

I also put together a diy sewing kit in this jar I had laying around. I used it to alter my sleep headphones.  I bought the extra large size, but after a while the elastic stretched out and it became too loose for my head.  It fits perfectly now after I took it in by an inch. I was never good at sewing, but there are some high quality youtube tutorials about couture sewing techniques out there that are worth checking out.

And in other domestic news, I finished off the last of my lint rollers and sought out the stickiest kind I could find.  This one by Evercare is really sticky and the sheets are easy to tear off.  The reusable brush kind weren’t really cutting it for the amount of fur in this apartment (from my dog and BF).  The sticky kind comes in hand to clean out dust and debris from kitchen drawers too.   And one regret:   I bought an Evercare electric de-piller and had to immediately throw it out.  What a peice of crap.  The spinning parts snagged all the time  and made the whole thing obsolete.  Anyone know of a good electric de-piller?  Maybe I should just suck it up and have the dry cleaners de-pill my linty sweater every so often, so that I won’t have to deal with storing a gadget that I’ll only use once in a while.

I also wanted to thank Gretchen for taking the time to respond to my question about not having children.  I listened to some of the advice on her readers’ comments and read the book Selfish, Shallow, and Self-absorbed.  It helped me figure out how to listen to what I truly want and separate that from societal expectations.  Embracing anything countercultural, like not having children, or minimalism, requires one to be even more thoughtful and conscious about life choices.  I feel empowered and grateful to be in a position to make my own choices about my own body.  God knows, if you don’t make decisions for yourself, other people will.

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