the com­fort of things


The Simple Things - - NEST - Words: CLARE GOGERTY

There are cer­tain things in your home that are like old friends: they al­ways cheer you up. We feel the love for the ease that come from a cup­board full of orderly clothes

Are you ever over­whelmed when stand­ing in front of your wardrobe? It may be full of clothes but there’s not one thing you want to wear. Time is run­ning out and you need to leave the house but all you can see is a jum­ble of items. There is prob­a­bly some­thing in there that will do the job, but it’s a ques­tion of find­ing it. Imag­ine, then, how it would feel if that wardrobe was gut­ted of all ex­tra­ne­ous stuff. Be gone dress bought in fool­ish an­tic­i­pa­tion of mirac­u­lous shape shift­ing! Farewell pre­pos­ter­ous yel­low shoes bought in a mis­guided mo­ment of flam­boy­ance! In­stead there will be neat rails of things that you ac­tu­ally like to wear. You’ll be able to browse a row of skirts and be spoilt for choice, then delve into a stack of folded jumper. Your tights will be coiled tidily in a drawer. It sounds like an im­pos­si­ble dream, but it is within the grasp of all of us.

Whereas Car­rie Brad­shaw’s floor-to-ceil­ing racks of shoes and ex­trav­a­gant cloth­ing feel ex­ces­sive now, there is still much to be said for wardrobe man­age­ment, just on a more mod­est scale. Un­wanted and dis­carded clothes are a mas­sive en­vi­ron­men­tal prob­lem (for more on eth­i­cal fash­ion see is­sue 75), so much of the an­swer lies in buy­ing wisely in the first place. Start by tak­ing wardrobe clut­ter to the char­ity shop or sell­ing on Ebay, and then you have space to re­think and re-or­gan­ise.

The days of ma­hogany wardrobes big enough to house a sur­prised lover are over. In­stead we have sleek built-in stor­age sys­tems and clever flat­plack units with can­tilevered rails and strip light­ing that in­vite or­der­li­ness. In an ideal world, part of the home would be des­ig­nated a dress­ing area with an iron­ing board and full-length mir­ror at the ready. Space is a pre­mium for most of us, though, so your own sec­tion of a wardrobe must do. Just make sure no one else in the house­hold en­croaches on to your rails. It’s up to them to get their gear into gear.

“The days of wardrobes big enough to house a sur­prised lover are over”

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