PeaceBang spent the afternoon of her day off cleaning and organizing: a nice Advent activity. I note with some interest the emphasis in some liturgical materials lately on Advent as a period of waiting, but I believe Advent actually means coming. As in “Veni, Sancte Spiritus,” or “Veni, Little Baby Jesus.” Some Advents feel pregnant and hushed. This one feels more bustly for me, like an adopted baby is coming and I don’t quite know the day or time, I’m just excited and getting the nursery ready.
I also worked on my cluttery closet (with cat hair galore on the floor, I noticed, so that if one drops a black cotton garment one picks up an angora sweater in its place, courtesy of Ermengarde, who likes to snooze down there behind my boots) and vanity table. My daily uniform tends to be black pants, camisole, cardigan or blazer and scarf and boots, so there’s no challenge there. I keep my clothes hanging by color (Black and Other), my scarves displayed on a hanging rack where I can see and access them easily, and my boots downstairs lined up at the basement door. Socks and tights and such live in a drawer in relative order. But the real irritation in my life is jewelry. I love it and swear several pieces every day, and it winds up all over the place.
I have catch-all jewelry trays on my vanity table and bedside table, and display hangers and hanging jewelry bags in the closet. I have a jewelry box for my “legit” pieces (of which I have blessed few – one pair of diamond earrings and some pearls — everything else in my life is sterling silver or semi-precious stones or blingy costume pieces). After twenty years of collecting, it’s all getting out of hand. I have all my old New Age goddess and horoscope pendants as well as fifteen years of trying-to-find-my-style professional wear pieces, many of which I ought to give away. Maybe we can organize a kind of swap here on BTFM? Nothing I own is worth anything but a lot of it looks really pretty. As some of you know, I give out pieces on loan, too.
I cannot stand trying to type with bracelets or watches on, so a little pile always lives on my desk.
In an effort to create a situation where there is “a place for everything and everything in its place,” I found some affordable jewelry storage boxes from on-line retailer Joss & Main. I like Joss & Main a bit too much (and today unsubscribed from getting their tempting e-mail alerts), but they have good items for sale and their shipping and customer service are excellent. Anyway, these are on sale for another couple of days. I like that they CLOSE, because I’m tired of looking at the jumble of shiny mess (also, I almost only wear silver and it tarnishes when exposed to the air).
Here’s the link to buy them. Full disclosure: I get a $15 credit for referring you if you make a purchase. That’s how I rake in the millions, my friends. But really, I just really like these jewelry boxes and I thought you might have a similar need.