First of all, thank you so much for your support and encouragement following my last blog post. I had no idea how people would react and it was the first time I’d put my plan down in words for others to see.
As Robin commented, whenever I doubt myself I can go back and read the comments. If you’re facing the freelance challenge yourself, I definitely recommend scouring the comments for deep wisdom and top tips – from the importance of a good accountant, to remembering to switch off.
Now, on to something less demanding! Reader Florence asked how I store my wardrobe of handmade clothes. Nothing sophisticated, but I do have a few tips to share.
Enough wardrobe space
I recently inherited a wardrobe from a friend, intending to throw out one of the two I already have. Now I have three wardrobes. I love the fact that my clothes aren’t cramped into a bulging space that makes it impossible to see what I have to wear.
The down side is clothes are being forgotten as I tend to migrate towards my favourite wardrobe. (And honestly, I don’t need three. I really must get rid of one, especially if I’m serious about turning my spare bedroom into an office.)
My latest make – an Inari tee dress in linen bought from John Lewis, Oxford Street
Once upon a time, everything hung on those wire hangers you get for free from the dry cleaners. In fact, when I first moved down to London after university, my clothes hung on plastic children’s hangers that I begged from my local M&S because I was too skint to actually buy clothes hangers.
There’s nothing like starting your life from scratch in a city you don’t know, with a student overdraft and a poorly paid first job. Ah, youth! But Hackney looked after me, and I’ll never stop loving Hackney for it.
I even buy vintage hangers when I see them…
Don’t forget the drawers
For my hand knitted items, I store them in a drawer. I don’t want the shoulders stretching out on a hanger. You can be quite certain that I regularly refresh my Hanging Moth Proofer. I’ve had too many woollens destroyed, and those critters like the good stuff.
Under bed storage has been useful too (these cheap as chip boxes do the job for me) but mainly for storing parts of my sewing history. Curious to know if any readers recognise either of the below!
I hope that was useful! There are some items I’ll never throw out, no matter how much space they take up. Memories are made of this.