Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Our Move, and Cleaning out Closets

Finally! We are settled in our new apartment... It was, realistically, a pretty small move - just down the hall, from a west-facing studio apartment to an east and south-facing 1 bedroom apartment.

We wouldn't have moved - we were massively happy in our studio, but we received SUCH an incredibly kind offer to rent the 1-bedroom unit that it was pretty much impossible to pass up. Now, we have enough space to have either of our mothers visit, and give them a bedroom and master bathroom to themselves. They will have a modicum of space and privacy, which is always useful when family members are in close quarters.

This is our view, seen over my extraordinary chaise longue. Why yes, it IS wide enough for Belovedest and I to sit in together!



Possibly the most interesting part of the move, from a Vivienne Files standpoint, was moving into a new closet. Our closet now is an open mini-room, much more than a normal walk-in closet, because it has a WINDOW... But knowing how very quickly light will fade clothing, we keep the shade tightly closed... As much as you see really appealing open closet arrangements all over the internet, where your perfect capsule wardrobe is hanging against a wall in your bedroom, I can't advise this kind of setup. Closets and armoires became common for a reason; dust and light are not the best friends your wardrobe can have!

Can't you tell that this is mine? Black, white, grey, and a touch of red:


In the course of sorting through EVERYTHING, I realized that I own a few things that need to find better homes. Foremost among those, I have FOUR Hermes twillies...

I love these little gizmos - they're the most cunning idea Hermes has had in at least a few days! They're perfect to wear at the neckline of a shirt with a collar, as an ironic throwback to the bows that we all wore in the 80's. And they're great to wear in your hair. Unless... you have to use a product in your hair. Sigh...

As my hair gets longer, I've found that I look like a big brown and grey dandelion unless I use some curl defining lotion in my hair. And after I've put that in my hair, I'm REALLY reluctant to put a gorgeous piece of silk into the middle of it; the idea of those chemicals on that silk just gives me the willies.

PLEASE NOTE: ALL FOUR HAVE SOLD - THANKS SO MUCH! 

In the next couple of weeks, I'm going to do a major clean-out of my silk scarves, and will thus be selling a stack of Hermes scarves. Prices will be good, so stay tuned!

From the top:
  • a sepia brown with tiny black letters that spell (if you're an acrobat) Hermes. (SOLD)
  • yellow, turquoise, bright green, grey and black geometric print.(SOLD)
  • soft greys, celadon green and blue Astrologie pattern (SOLD) , and
  • black with golds horse tack pattern.(SOLD)
 These are cool; you won't be disappointed!


Belovedest takes the best photographs, doesn't he?

After the dust has (sort of) settled, I have to admit that I really love to move. Does anyone else, or am I alone in my insanity?

love,
Janice


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21 comments:

  1. Hi, Your new apartment and its view look great. While I wouldn't say I like moving, I do appreciate that it forces me to clean out and tidy up. Your closet in a room is also wonderful.

    Deb from Vancouver

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    1. I'm with you, Deb. Moving takes so much time from your daily life, but the end result is worth it, plus it does force you to handle EVERYTHING and make choices. We're in our forever house now, so once a year, I try to go through and pretend I'm moving to make myself handle everything. It's the move without the move.

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  2. And what a view!! I feel a travel wardrobe coming up based on it. Or a couple, as I suspect the colors change with the weather and season.

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  3. I am in the midst of a move myself, and two hands cannot count how often I have been through it. Six months into a temporary situation while trying to find a townhouse. So, while I have never really minded a move, this one is a bit daunting. In any case, the view from your room is stunning. Cheers to new beginnings!

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    1. We are too only it's been 3 years since the beginning of this odyssey. Finishing in October and I am curious to see what I decide I don't need from the things stored 3 years ago....it wasn't supposed to be that long.

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  4. Beautiful view, Janice! I wish you time to enjoy it on the chaise, with a glass of wine ... And I'm *very* impressed by the neatness of your closet. Orderliness is so appealing, and so helpful for "shopping your wardrobe". Congratulations on managing the move efficiently. Robyn x

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  5. Your view is spectacular! And your closet is so neat and organized, I love it! If the grey twilly is still available I would give it a nice home! Katie

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    1. Send me a note at theviviennefiles@gmail.com, and we'll finalize things. It's so pretty; you'll be really happy with it!
      hugs,
      Janice

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  6. I hate to move, but I'd do it to get that view of Lake Michigan! Your apartment looks lovely, and I wish you many happy hours enjoying it.

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  7. Nothing like moving to make you want to renounce all worldly possessions!
    - Kaci

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  8. What a lovely new space!!
    My husband and I are contemplating a rather large move :/ It's a little daunting and exciting all at the same time.
    Enjoy your new space :)

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  9. Having moved 11 times in 40 years of marriage, I am not a fan of moving! My husband's work has taken us to both coasts, Alaska, Hawaii, and lots of places between. The logistics of moving long distances are very different from those of moving down the hall.
    That southern exposure should be nice in your cold climate, and the view will be fascinating! Enjoy!
    Mary

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  10. Janice, congrats on your move and your bigger space and wonderful view. While moving is not my favorite thing, I do love the aspect that it makes me reevaluate what I have and get rid of what I don't need or want any more. And thanks for the peek into your closet. It's lovely.

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  11. I love moving so, no, you are not alone. It is a lot of work but I love setting up in a new place.And that is an amazing view!

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  12. Happy Settling In! If I don't move I DROWN in 'stuff'. Interestingly my husband and I moved from Europe to Texas with just a (hold) suitcase each. We then furnished a whole apartment and more via thrift stores and yard sales; and American clothes were so cheap anyway! After a year we had our own yard sale and gave everything else back to the thrift stores and left with the same one suitcase each. Perfect!

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    1. This is the best story. What an adventure that must have been for you, Ursula.

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  13. Such a beautiful view! Your closet does look well-organized! Mine always seems to be a work in progress. I love "leaving home" with a suitcase because life is just so much more simple in a smaller apartment with fewer belongings. Enjoy your new apartment!

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  14. Ah, that view! I'm sure you will enjoy many hours in that chaise.

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  15. Hi Janice, for some reason my daily emails have stopped! Yikes, I can't cope..... I have tried resubmitting my email details but it tells me I'm already a subscriber ...... please help! I can't do without my Vivienne fix.

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  16. Hi Janice, for some reason my daily emails have stopped! Yikes, I can't cope..... I have tried resubmitting my email details but it tells me I'm already a subscriber ...... please help! I can't do without my Vivienne fix.

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  17. You have a great view! Just beautiful! I do not like to move!

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