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Today’s post is an interview with a wonderful reader, Diane. What drew me to Diane was some of her comments over the years about her philosophy on closet organization and cleaning…as well as life in general. A self described Bottega Veneta fan whose temple is The Container Store (who amongst us cannot relate?), I’m sure you will all enjoy meeting Diane!
Who are you? What do you do, and where do you live?
I’m Diane. I’m 68 years old, retired, and I live in the Central Valley in California.
What is your day to day life like? How do you dress in accordance to it?
My day to day life is pretty relaxed. I spend most of my time meeting friends for lunch, reading, organizing and doing whatever nesting project that I decide is a good idea at the time. Occasionally, I’m asked by friends to help them organize some part of their house. My favorite area to organize is closets. I find organizing closets relaxing. Taking chaos and giving it a sense of order. I’ve never understood why more people aren’t obsessed by closets….or finding the perfect hangers. The Container Store is my church…with walls of hangers to worship. Every time I go in there, I find things I really can’t live without, which is truly amazing because fifteen minutes prior, I didn’t even know those items existed!
I’m a “uniform” dresser and my current summer uniform is a linen or cotton tunic over white or denim jeans. Linen is a “must” for me as I live in a hot climate. I also have linen dresses that I wear with cropped leggings. In cooler weather, I have a winterized version of my summer uniform….basically heavier tunics and sweaters over dark jeans and gray pants. Linen dresses change over to knit dresses. Lately, I’ve been reading that wide-legged pants are returning. That could be helpful as I’m a pear-shaped person…with short legs. I used to be like an Anjou pear. As I’ve aged, I’ve become more of an Botero pear. But, in my next life, I’m going to have long legs. Continue Reading