Although I admire people who fold their clothes and meticulously pamper every item until the edges line up, I personally don’t have the time, patience and usually the desire. Home-maker magazines do make a romantically neat statement of what the ideal wardrobe should look like but the reality is that most closets are anything but perfect.
I’ve never been a great fan of the iron, fold, hang and shelve mentality — particularly so when travelling. If you’re of a military background then you could probably be forgiven for this seemingly unnatural tendency to keep everything neat and tidy, it’s not your fault, the military made you that way.
I tend to practice the Pile System, a method of storing clothes flat one on top of the other without any folding whatsoever. In reality I have two piles, the clothes that are clean and the clothes that have been worn. This may look like an unconventional system at first glance but it does have some significant advantages:
The majority of us — and this is no secret — have a predisposition to ignore sensory feedback to the visual cortex from multi-coloured piles of clothes. The ignorance is so great that it almost borders on deliberate deception. My take on this is that it’s not deception at all but an innate acceptance of a familiar scene.
When we look at nature, there are very few things that consist of straight lines — in fact you’ll be hard pressed to find any without high magnification or the opposite. Yes, straight lines are very much a man-made phenomenon.
If we look at art, again, very few things consist of straight lines — unless you’re into cubism, but even that didn’t live up to its name. I’m more of an Art Nouveau fan and my pile system could rival any of Gaudi’s creations.
It could be said that our eyes, our brains and the way we are wired are as far away from straight lines as Pluto from the Sun — why then do we continue to force upon ourselves these restraints?
[title photo courtesy of Sylvia at thisgirlsylvia.com]