Fall is perfect time to revisit your home’s wardrobe

Fall is my favorite time of year. I love pulling my sweaters and jackets out of storage and giving my wardrobe a fresh new look.

The change of the seasons also is the perfect time to take inventory of the wardrobe of your home, meaning the linens and things.


Imagine that you had to wear the same outfit everyday. Day in and day out, the same shirt, the same pants, every day.

What fabric would you buy? How much would you spend?

If you spend eight hours in your bed each night and you change your sheets once a week, it’s like wearing the same outfit every day. It makes sense to spend more money to purchase sheets that are comfortable, durable and of excellent quality.

Kids are people, too. Don’t deny them the civility of quality bed linens.

If getting them to sleep in their own bed in as in issue, it could be because, although those 15 thread count Dora the Explorer sheets are adorable, they are as comfortable as sleeping on a map, on a map, on a map, on a map!

Have your children close their eyes and do a feel test on a higher thread count. They sleep with their eyes closed, anyway.

You’ll sleep better, because they are sleeping better with 600 or above thread count sheets.


With the holidays approaching, and with it out-of-town guests, it’s time to take a good hard look at your towel situation. Don’t be caught sans washcloths or with fraying bath towels or stained dish towels.

Towels come at many price points and can be an inexpensive way to refresh the look of a bathroom.

Consider providing your holiday guests with towels in a different color than the ones you are currently using. This will help them avoid having to play Russian roulette at the towel bar of shared bathroom.

Give your kitchen towel a good, long sniff. If they don’t smell clean, even after coming out of the wash, it’s time to toss them or turn them into cleaning rags.

White bar towels are ideal for a kitchen for their superior absorbency and bleach-ability.


After years of faithful service, the time has come for me to retire my signature black and white floral apron. She has protected my clothing and inspired my domesticity for more than five years, but she’s seen better days.

A few months back, I found out that my apron has some bad mojo attached to it.

I bought it on Etsy.com; a website where people sell their homemade items. A few months later, I returned to the seller’s page to purchase a coordinating apron for Mini Me. That’s when I found out the seller was suspending sales due to a family emergency. Her husband had gone missing.

Months of searching and investigating passed, and the family still had no idea what had happened to their husband/father.

A year and a half later he was found living in California under a new name.

He wasn’t “missing.” He had skipped out on his wife and kids.

Since then, every time I’ve tied on my signature apron, I’ve thought about that woman and the strength needed to endure those months of uncertainty and raise her young family on her own.

As much as her struggle has inspired me to be strong through adversity and count my blessings, it’s time for a new season, a new look and a new signature apron.

Perhaps, I won’t limit myself to one adorable apron this time. Consider a small wardrobe of aprons befitting the task at hand: an apron for cooking, an apron for cleaning, an apron for having my picture taken for my column or, perhaps, an apron for each season. I’ll start with fall.

For more on an unpredictable variety of other topics, visit Annie Payne’s blog, Anniethology.blogspot.com, at GJSentinel.com.


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