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Hi Everyone! Hope you are staying warm! Nashville has been freezing the past couple of days, and all I want to do is stay home in my comfy leggings and Uggs (that’s right, Uggs are my favorite winter boots, and I don’t care how ugly they are!!!). I am a neat freak, it seems like I am constantly cleaning out something, and January is the perfect month to clean out closets and drawers. I read “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” during the holidays and it got me even more inspired to purge and clean. I am sure some of you have read the book. The author, Marie Kondo, promises that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again (hmmmm). I do agree, that a lot of clutter can make you feel stressed, and that we don’t need a big majority of what we have. The problem I have, is that I am afraid to throw out much of what she says to throw out. For example, I feel like I need to save all of my photos, even ones I have two and three copies of (you know, those boxes and boxes of photos before everything went digital). She also says that you should only keep what brings you joy. I get that, but she asks you to hold the item in your hand to feel if it brings you joy. I don’t understand what you are supposed to feel emotionally when you hold a piece of clothing or item in your hand and ask yourself if it brings you joy. I can hold my favorite handbag in my hand, and know I love it, but I am not sure I “feel” joyful about it??? I am going to try and purge papers, makeup, and socks to start with (weird combination, I know!), and see how I feel. Would love to know your thoughts if you have read the book, and has it worked for you?

Which brings me to what I am going to do this month. Since I am cleaning out, I am challenging myself to a “shopping my closet January”. I am not going to buy anything this month, and only shop in my closet. Do you ever feel like you have a closet full of clothes, but nothing to wear? I do, but I am going to try and be creative to revive some things I haven’t worn in a while. The jacket and top I am wearing, are from Banana Republic. The jacket is a great piece to wear at night, and it’s on sale, with an additional 40% off as is the ruffle sleeveless blouse! Mixed with denim or a pair of leather pants, outfit done! We shall see what next week brings from the dark recesses of my closet.

Have a wonderful day, and thank you for reading!

Photos: Mary Hafner

Jacket// Top// Leggings (less expensive Here and Here)// Handbag (similar) Shoes (less expensive version Here)// Sunglasses