Lots of linen

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All three tops are made with linen to some degree. The first two are from Etsy shops with medium weight linen. The last one is a cotton/linen blend cardigan and light enough to wear on 80-something degree days without getting too warm. The first top (green) is my second item from Knock Knock Linen and it’s just as good as the first one. Their medium weight linen is super soft and comfortable. There was zero break-in period with that shirt as compared to the second photo with the short sleeve from Not Perfect Linen. It’s taken several washes now for that one to finally soften enough to be really comfortable.

I’ve bought several linen items this summer and most of it in medium or heavy weight so I can transition them better into a cooler weather wardrobe. I realized I’m not a huge fan of layering clothes, so clothes that can breathe and be a bit heavy work for me so I can wear them year round.

I’ve also been wearing my long Chimala jeans a lot more and getting used to the wide legs. Wearing a nicer shoe makes them look a bit better.

I’ve been reading the Swedish Death Cleaning book and I’m almost done with it. It’s a short read and basically boils down to common sense and not much else. I like the idea of death cleaning to make the process easier for those who have to take care of everything after I’m gone. However, the book itself I haven’t found all that instructional. In fact, I’ve found it a bit boring and have been more or less skimming sections of it. It’s like a series of old granny stories and the lesson at the end is to clean up after yourself or keep in mind everyone else. The author’s memory lane type stories become a bit tedious to read through after a while, despite them being very short in general. She also seems to contradict herself where in one chapter she’ll say to give something up irregardless of how loved the item was because no one no longer wants it and then in another chapter saying she kept something because she thought someday one of her grandchildren will need it, etc…. There are not clear and absolute directions like in Marie Kondo’s book. It sort of meanders to doing whatever you can to reduce one’s clutter, whenever you can… if you want…. I kinda wish the book had been more extreme. The only part in it that was clearly for shits and giggles and gasps (that made me eye-roll) was about very personal items. She mentions that if grandpa had a panty fetish and grandma had too many dildos, try to cut those down before one leaves the earth so as not to put the rest of the family/friends in shock after death. Otherwise Magnassun’s general rule of decluttering was very similar to Kondo’s: if no one likes it and it’s not worth trying to make others take it then get rid of it. The only real thoughtful idea I’ve gotten from the book so far is to contact charities and estate sales people who can value the belongings and sell them.

If something else jumps out at me in the last couple chapters I have then I’ll mention it, but otherwise the book has been a bit of a snoozer. It’s not very long and yet I’ve only had the patience to read a little bit at a time.

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