Friday, November 5, 2010

Cleaning out MY closet

Has anyone been over to PW's lately?  She's cleaning out her closet and giving away clothes.  I have to laugh.  First, because everything is either a size 8 or 10 and if I don't laugh I'll cry.  I was born a size 10.

Second, because I'm cleaning out my closet today, and there isn't one single thing that I would dare put on this blog for all the world to see.

First, there's the jacket I bought to wear for Easter Sunday. (I should say right now, that most of my cast-offs are not even from this century).  Besides the fact that it's a shade of green that would  make a leprechaun cringe, it holds horrible, embarrassing memories for me.  It was only after we got home from mass that day that my family told me I had marched up to communion in front of the entire congregation with the price tag and extra buttons dangling from my armpit.

Then, there's the skirt and shell (does anyone call sleeveless, collarless tops "shells" anymore, or am I showing my age?)  My 21-year-old son took one look at it and said, "I've never seen you wear that."   I said, "That's because the last time I wore it, it was for your christening."  Deciding then and there that I'm over pink and looking like a Happy Birthday cake, I tossed it in the ever-growing giveaway pile.

There's the skirt that drapes beautifully -- just not so much over my hips. The chunky, large knit, cowl-neck sweater, that I can wear for about 30 seconds before hot flashes have me tearing at the neck. And the pink shoes from Kathy's wedding -- a lovely shade of shell pink with pointy toes and spiked heels -- that I'll never be able to wear ever again because my feet would just cry.  These, however, will not go in the giveaway pile. When I die I don't want my entire closet to be ugly "comfortable" shoes, leaving my daughter to wonder if I ever had a life.

There's the tropical print skirt I wore to my 25th class reunion.  I have to say, it was a great outfit, paired with a chocolate brown v-neck, wrap knit top and strappy sandals.  Kathy and I promised one another that we'll never go to another class reunion.  Never again will we fret about what we're going to wear and spend hours shopping and returning outfits before finally settling on something that turns out to be another poor choice.  Never.  Probably. Oh, I guess it's possible we'll one day change our collective  minds and decide to put ourselves through the experience again.

After weeding through miles of clothes rack, sorting my entire wardrobe into piles of "love it", "never liked it", and "those days are gone", I ended up with a couple of large trash bags filled with clothes to take to Goodwill.  And a very clean and organized closet:)

10 comments:

Jackie said...

Yay for you! Something I need to do. I'm doing the open the door and grab what I need before everything come falling out of the closet thing right now. Have a great weekend.

Jackie

Judy said...

Ugh. I need to do that.

And, am I correct in guessing that you, like me, MOVED these unwearable clothes from one house to another? Please say yes. I'd hate to be the only one who did that. Um, like twice.

From the Kitchen said...

I need to do the same thing--clean out my closet! First I have to be able to even get inside the area. I tend to hang on to clothing that I should have never purchased in the first place. What was I thinking?

Enjoy your renewed space.

Best,
Bonnie

Joanne said...

I like cleaning out my closet like that, kind of like starting with a clean, new slate and building from there, adding a few pieces. Isn't it amazing what we wore back in the day, how out of style some of it looks now!

Jen said...

I consign my clothes in the spring and fall...weed them out..I dont keep things..if I have not worn it in a year...I wont ever wear it...lol...I love a clean closet.

Anita said...

Well that was back down memory lane for me! I seem to recall that we are close in age.

Very funny...thanks for the laugh.

Glad you got that job accomplished and hope that took a little load off of you.

Rizzi said...

GOOD MORNING KAREN,
LOVE YOUR POST, I AM STILL LAUGHING. YOU ARE SO RIGHT ABOUT CLEANING OUT THE CLOSET. AFTER I READ YOUR POST I CHECKED MINE OUT AND BOY OH BOY. I HAVE FAT CLOTHES, FAT FAT CLOTHES, AND A FEW SKINNY WHICH I'LL NEVER WEAR AGAIN. SO I GUESS THAT WILL BE NEXT. THE ONLY GOOD PART IS, NOW YOU CAN GO OUT AND BUY ALL NEW CLOTHES. HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND. LOVE,
AUNT RIZ

Paula {Salad in a Jar} said...

OK--this is the best laugh I've had in a few days. I haven't heard the word "shell" in reference to a piece of clothing in a very long time. And the bit about reunions--hilarious! Doesn't it feel good to have an organized closet??

Bill said...

Groan.
Thanks for the reminder (I think) that I need to weed out two walk-in closets.

Country Dreaming said...

Good for you--it's always good to get a handle on your wardrobe.
It's not an easy task though.

Melinda