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Walking On The Beach Or Cleaning Out My Walk-in Closet

April 27th, 2009 · 7 Comments

Walk in closetYou would think if I had a choice between walking on the beach or cleaning out my closet, I would pick the first and leave the second for later.  Well that’s exactly what I’ve been doing for the past couple of years, so this weekend I decided to finally tackle my closet! 

Where did all these clothes come from?  Are they starting to reproduce like wire hangers???!  “No wire hangers allowed in my closet!!!”  So, how did all this merchandise get in here?!  I could open up a small boutique and not even have to bother pricing the garments since many of them still have the price tags on them!  The same goes for my shoes and boots; from stiletto heels from Italy and boots made in Brazil, to comfy straw sandles, every shoe box that I opened was a new “ohh!” and “ahh!” like I was looking at them for the first time!

LancelShould I mention all the purses….Lancel, Paloma Picasso, Louis Vuitton, scarves in every color, length and fabric ….Lanvin, Hermès, Chanel….and gloves!    Gloves in soft lambskin leather, some skin tight for riding….but riding what?  My Harley Davidson that I don’t know about!  Short leather gloves in burnt sienna, longer black leather ones for a more sophisticated look, thicker ones with an inside lining to keep out the bitter cold; the problem is it doesn’t get cold enough here for scarves or gloves even in the midst of winter!

Black leather gloves!Oh yes, I know why I buy all these things!  They’re to wear while I’m in Paris or in the French Alps while I pretend to ski for 15 minutes and then go inside where it’s nice and warm and sip a vin chaud!  So as I was sorting this mountain of stuff overflowing from my king size bed onto several chairs, I kept telling myself, “Less is More, Less is More!” 

Colorful scarves.This became my mantra as I began to sort jackets, pants, dresses; everything into piles: things to pack, things to give away, things to sell, things to store, and things to throw away!  “Less is More!” I kept saying to myself as I tried to put as many things in the give away pile as I could.  Perhaps it would have been better to spend the weekend walking on the beach looking for dolphins.

Maya Muses:  Two days of reorganizing my closet and it didn’t look like I made much of a dent!  Patrick took three huge bags full of clothes and shoes – most I’ve never worn, some only once or twice to donate them.  He took off immediately; I think he was afraid I would change my mind and put them all back!

When Patrick came home he said, “Let’s go out for dinner and have a couple of Margaritas.”  “Great idea!” I told him.  I showered and got ready!  I went into my closet to find something to wear.  Hmm!  After several minutes I came back out and told Patrick, “I don’t have anything to wear!  Tomorrow I have to go do some shopping!”

Photo Credits:  Flickr

Tags: Baby Boomer Babbles · Fashion · HaHaHa! · Shopping

7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Michelle // Apr 27, 2009 at 7:53 am

    Is that your walk-in-robe? I could LIVE in there quite happily.

    A few years ago I took way to many large green bags of designer clothes, unworn to charity. When I was young and stupid, and certainly not able to afford them, I would buy designer ‘bargains’ that didn’t quite fit. I happened to live in a bush town with NOWHERE to go out. By the time I moved to the city I was {ahem} a few sizes bigger, and not remotely interested in frilly girly clothes made in shiny material. Now with the eithties in vogue again, I think if only I’d held on to that stuff my daughters would be very happy now.

  • 2 Deena // Apr 27, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    My closet is full of clothes that I don’t wear. I’m afraid to get rid of them because I know that when I do that’s when I’ll need them! So there they are taking up space. LOL

    I think that’s a woman thing! Nice closet by the way!

  • 3 Lynn // Apr 27, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    Michelle, I wish that was my closet! Mine isn’t quite as large. I found the photo on Flickr; I was too tired last night to take a picture of my own and then upload it onto the computer.

    You’re comment reinforces what Deena is saying about not wanting to get rid of her clothes because sure enough, it’s when you get rid of them that the moment comes when you need or want them the most! I’ll bet you can kick yourself for giving the clothes away; especially designer clothes!!!

    I think most women buy clothes that don’t fit or we can’t use, for one reason or another, but we buy them anyway!

    My motto is: “A bargain is something we can’t use, but at a price we can’t refuse to pass up!” LOL!!!

  • 4 Lynn // Apr 27, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Deena, you’re not alone!!! Perhaps after reading Michelle’s comment, you’re happy that you’ve kept those clothes waiting for the day when you’ll finally use them!

    Then again, when you donate them to a good cause….you’re happy that someone is getting good use out of them, so it’s a win-win situation.

  • 5 Harriet // Apr 27, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    The story of my life: trying to get organized! I don’t necessarily follow the rule about getting rid of clothing if you haven’t worn it in the last two years. Just yesterday I wore a dress to church that I had not worn in a number of years.

    If you find the secret for dealing with magazine/book/paper clutter, please let me know. I need lots of help in that department.

  • 6 Lynn // Apr 27, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Harriet, I know! Besides, who made up that rule?! I think most of us have clothes a lot older than that still in our closets with the conviction that we will wear them sometime in the near future and you’re living proof that it does happen! LOL!

    Books are another story! I don’t throw or give my books away, unless I’ve read it and didn’t find it very interesting….then I’ll donate it. The rest become part of my library!

    (Don’t talk to me about magazines and papers! That’ll have to be my next project to sort through and get rid of!!! I’m not looking forward to that!)

  • 7 Michelle // Apr 28, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    LOL- I love that motto! So appropriate.

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