Monday Mood

Monday Mood: Reinvent

by Sabrina Smelko


It’s already April?! To be honest, this year has been slow and has involved a lot of waiting for me, but spring totally came out of nowhere and I’m in the mood for an overhaul of my life. Reinventing, spring cleaning, up-cycling — call it what you want, it’s time to donate whatever clothes you haven’t worn in a year, reinvent yourself, rethink your approach if something isn’t working, and give your home a deep scrub. Today’s picks take you everywhere from de-cluttering tips and creating a capsule wardrobe, to recycling everything: from plastics and old ladders, to ripped jeans and magazines! –Sabrina

  • Got tears in your jeans? Here are some solutions for how to up-cycle your distressed denim.
  • There are a lot of apps out there for productivity, organization and creating lists. I’ve tried at least 10, but the only one that has remained on my phone is Wunderlist which works great for individuals and groups to create and track to-do lists, set reminders, assign errands and more.
  • You can’t take on the world if you’re tired. Wake up refreshed with this aromatherapy sleep routine.
  • I’m obsessed with these images created by cutting through pages of recycled magazines.
  • Okay, this admittedly might just be a cool thing that you’ll likely never personally own or have access to, but it’s interesting nonetheless. Designer Dave Hakkens reinvented the way we recycle. Enter Precious Plastic, a collection of DIY machines that turns unwanted plastic into usable objects.
  • Be honest: do you have a pile of stuff sitting in a corner? Has it been there for weeks — months? If so, try these decluttering hacks.
  • Reinvent your existing IKEA furniture with high-end handles, legs, fronts, tops and more with SuperFront.
  • Sure, we could all use extra space in our homes, but the best way to freshen up and reimagine a room is by using what you’ve already got. Grab some inspiration and go Pin-happy with 130+ photos of smartly-designed small spaces.
  • Have you heard of capsule collection wardrobes? Take notes from minimalistic style-maven Caroline Rector who started the blog Unfancy to document her experience wearing only 37 (yes, that’s thirty-seven) articles of clothing for three months. I don’t know about 37, but I can definitely do without at least a dozen pieces.
  • If you’re anything like me (with limited closet space), even after you’ve overhauled your wardrobe, you might still have overflow. I was about to hit “purchase” on a metal wardrobe rack (for $200!) when I spotted this DIY ladder wardrobe. I just saved myself hundreds! This beauty is on my to-do list for this weekend.

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  • I like Rector’s Unfancy blog for sure, but was always confused about why a 37-item-per-season wardrobe is considered small? I have about 25 items in my entire wardrobe, including shoes, and I never thought of that as minimal or sparse :/ Especially after knowing many people who only have a few items of clothing total, my 25 items feel downright decadent, so it’s definitely difficult for me to imagine having 50+ items to have to store and choose from! Not judging at all (especially if you’re buying used or ethical/sustainable clothing), as it’s all relative and totally personal preference, just was surprised to hear that a 37-items-per-season wardrobe (which is only a fraction of her total wardrobe) was considered “minimal” by many!

  • Also, that Precious Plastics link is really fascinating! Love these Monday features :)

  • I love the ladder wardrobe! I have a rack but it’s only useful for hanging. This DIY is so nice, you can even have shelves at the bottom to put other stuff on.

  • As far as I know, Urban Outfitters has a notoriously anti-gay reputation, which I’m sure you’re not unaware of. If this is true, could you clarify why you’ve chosen to link to their blog?

    • Maria

      Urban Outfitters, as well as other corporations that are a part of the design community, unfortunately have difficult histories with CEOs (not employees or the designers they carry, etc.) donating to conservative/anti-gay politicians. As a gay person, I personally don’t love that their CEO did that, but I also know a huge amount of gay people who make a great living working behind the scenes at companies in that umbrella. For me, a bigger issue is copying, so I try to stand up for and support companies that do something about changing that and supporting indie artists. Urban has a complicated history with that issue, too. I’ve rarely found a large corporation that doesn’t have a history of conservative politics (I downloaded this app and found out pretty much everything in my house, from bubbly water brands to organic lettuce companies) donated to conservative politicians. At the end of the day I decided to just get to know the people who work for a brand first- if I like them and the artists working with them like them, I tend to feel better about mentioning their work/products, etc. But I understand why others aren’t and why they call for boycotts, I just am not someone who feels that that makes a big enough difference. I prefer to send letters, contact PR people and talk to their marketing teams (who care a lot about public perception). I’ve sent my fair share of emails and letters over the years and I’ve found it has a noticeable impact on how people run things, at least at the middle and local level of the business.


      • Grace,

        Thank you for your thoughtful reply. I sincerely was wondering what your perspective is on this because I struggle with it myself, and also because I’m a long-time reader and have no doubt that you are a person that is truly considerate not only with what goes on the blog, but likely in all aspects of your life. Your comment provides food for thought. Thank you.