A while ago Carrie Rubin posted “My Closet Has Skeletons – Literally”, in which she offered blog awards to those brave enough to post photos of their own closet-cleanout detritus.
I can’t resist the opportunity to accumulate blogging awards and public humiliation simultaneously, so here goes…
I hate waste and clutter. I can’t count the number of times I’ve cleaned out my closet over the years, ruthlessly culling clothes and shipping them off to charity. If it doesn’t fit right, isn’t in style, or I haven’t worn it recently, out it goes, no matter how much I paid for it or how much I loved it at the time.
But every now and then I get caught in an embarrassing bout of hoarding.
I got this suit sometime in the late 80s or early 90s; I can’t remember. The pants still fit, which leads me to believe that it looked just as ridiculous when I wore it regularly as it does now. The photo fails to capture the enormous bagginess of the rear. (The pants’ rear, not mine. I have no ass to speak of.)
But it’s linen (the suit, I mean). It feels wonderful and I love the colour (it’s nicer than the photo). And, hello, it still fits twenty-odd years later.
Somehow the suit has survived all those culls even though I know:
a) it doesn’t look good on me now;
b) it probably never looked good on me;
c) it’s not fashionable;
d) it probably wasn’t fashionable when I wore it;
e) the probability of it ever becoming fashionable is roughly on par with the probability of Oprah hiring me as her fashion consultant; and
f) even if it did become fashionable again, I probably wouldn’t wear it because, let’s face it, it doesn’t look good on me.
So I tried it on, snickered, got Hubby to snap those incriminating photos… and then tenderly tucked it back into my closet.
Hubby is my exact opposite.
He putters happily around his man-cave surrounded by his “stuff”. He’s completely unfazed by the knowledge that he’ll likely never need, use, or even look at 90% of the stuff he’s hoarding. He might need it someday, and that’s good enough for him.
And I acknowledge the wisdom of his approach every time I throw something away and then discover I need it two days after the garbage truck has come and gone.
But I can’t overcome my need to organize and throw away. Except for my linen suit.
I prefer to call this “loyalty”, not “irrational hoarding”.
Are you a thrower-outer or a pack rat? And please tell me I’m not the only one clinging to an unsuitable, unflattering, useless item…
P.S. I’m still in Manitoba this week, and I thought I’d offer you folks in southern climes a small opportunity to gloat. Welcome to mid-April in southern Canada: