Phoebe Miner: Living With Only What She Loves
When Phoebe shops, she asks herself, “What do I really want? What will I really wear a million times? What will go with a million things?” This helps her to avoid impulse purchases that aren’t really “her.” “I keep up on magazines, but mostly I’ve developed a sense for what works for me. I can go through a store and know if something will look good on me. I like basics best.” There is so much to be learned from Phoebe’s philosophy, as it is much easier to avoid a disjointed wardrobe where you end up with a lot of things that never get pulled out when you have this sense of your personal style and what suits you. Clarifying this before you keep adding to your wardrobe is essential to only have pieces that make sense for your lifestyle, and that you wear repeatedly and feel great in each time.
Beyond having defined her style, Phoebe has always had a knack for organization. This is apparent in her drawers of Kondo-style folded t-shirts, her uniform white hangers, and all of the extra breathing space she has in her walk-in bedroom closet. “My closet has always been organized by color and sleeve length. I didn’t know until college that most people don’t fold their underwear.” Her bedroom is always tidy but stylish. For example above her dresser is a bulletin board, filled with a few inspiring images pinned up, but also used to pin her collection of statement necklaces in a row. This keeps them from getting tangled, but also allows her to easily see what she has – how perfect!
The benefit of being organized for Phoebe: “I know exactly what I have and how to put together an outfit. If I need a white shirt I know what I have and where to find it.” That is a theme of her organizing philosophy, knowing exactly what she owns. Phoebe said she doesn’t understand people who clean out their closet and find things they forget they had. “How can you forget that you own something?” she said. If you know what you have, you are much less likely to buy duplicates, and you can choose things that you know will compliment what you’re already working with.
Beyond just her clothes, Phoebe uses organization to keep all aspects of her life running smoothly. As a busy graduate student, she doesn’t have time to be scrambling every month to pay her bills, so she sets everything on auto-pay, that way she never misses a bill. Phoebe is a self-proclaimed list maker. Like many of us, she likes the process of writing everything out, and then crossing it off as she completes a task. As for her schedule, she says: “I like to look at my calendar all mapped out for a couple of weeks. The visual is important. It’s the same with my budget. I like to have graphs and charts and I check that almost every day. I keep track of everything.” It’s hard to imagine things getting past her. Phoebe exudes togetherness and has a calming energy to those around her. I can’t think of a time I have seen her disheveled, because she always plans ahead. “I’m organized because I know the steps it takes to get there.” Yes, she certainly does.