Thursday, January 31, 2013

Coming Clean

I'm getting ready to return to work full-time and so, in anticipation, I've been trying to pack up all of my maternity clothes and unpack all of my work clothes.  Should I have waited until a week and a half before returning to begin this?  Nope.  But, I did and so here we are.

Now to the coming clean part, here is my closet:

That's the somewhat organized part.  Ohhh look, things are folded and stacked and even stacked in categories like turtlenecks, thicker sweaters, tops I would wear to work and tops I would never wear to work.  But then, as we look further we run into problems:

Two containers of clothes that I'm hoping to fit into again someday.  A pillow from a chair I no longer have.  Some clothes that I'm planning on giving away.  A Lego Star Wars 2012 Advent calendar that I got on a super, reduced clearance and plan on using next Advent.  Crutches from when I had a blood clot and couldn't bend my knee way back in 2009.  Boots.  And a stack of magazines I should probably just throw away but feel compelled to look through before doing so.

And it gets worse.  There's actually a second closet in my closet.  It's long and skinny which makes it almost unusable but it certainly isn't very functional like this:

You can't see it in the picture, but waaayyyy in the back hangs my wedding dress.  Other dresses and things I actually wear are opposite and somewhat neater:

Dresses first followed by tops that need to be on hangers and then sweaters and jackets.  Don't look up:

Or down:

There's the breast pump I haven't used in years but can't bring myself to throw away because it was so expensive.  There's a Target bag hiding a Lalaloopsy doll house I found on clearance way back in the fall and snapped up for Quinn's birthday.  Hanging are baby blankets that my mom received when I was a baby and so I fear that if I use them I will ruin them but not using them doesn't really make sense either.

So, my project for the rest of this week and the weekend is to whip this closet into shape.  I need it more functional so that when I'm still half-asleep at 6:00 a.m. I can just reach in, grab some clothes and look decent.  I don't need to be tripping over dry cleaner bags and breast pumps!  Of course, getting rid of those things is pretty easy, the hard part for me is always weeding through everything.  I admit to having some hoarder tendencies and so it's quite difficult for me to throw or give things away if I think I may ever need them again in the future.  I'm sure that someday I'll be back into my size 12 pants.  That my size 12 pants are from about a decade ago and probably no longer in style doesn't seem to register with me and so I hang on to them.  Or, is it more that giving them up seems like an admission that I will never be a size 12 again?  Yea, that's probably it.

Wish me success.

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