Thursday, October 2, 2008

The, ahem, issue

Several of the bloggers that I read are really honest writers. I can't even begin to tell you the number of times that I've felt SO validated in my own worries and anxieties by reading another's blog. One might think that I would pay it forward by being honest on my own.

Not so much.

I posted about my, ahem, clothes issues, a while ago and I've never followed up. That was April and all the bins marked "to sort" have been sitting around my room since then.

Deep breath. Here's what it looked like:

This column of bins already have sorted clothes in them. They are things that will definitely go in the co-op sale in a few weeks (oh my gawd, it's only 2 weeks away!!!) Total of about 3.5 bins there.

This is the worst picture. This is the area of bins that are to be sorted. I'd estimate about 11 full bins worth. About 10 of these bins are clothes in sizes 3, 4, and 5. About 1 bin is full of clothes that Esther could have worn already if I had sorted them before SHE GREW OUT OF THEM WITHOUT EVER WEARING THEM!

Ooh ooh - I like this picture. These are the bins that are Esther's old clothes that have already been sorted.

This area is about 3 bins worth of clothes that are not sorted but are intended for the co-op sale.

I started sorting two weeks ago. First, I sorted all the unsorted clothes by size and season. There were several 2 foot high mountains of clothes all around my room. It was very upsetting and I felt a little disgusted with myself. There weren't that many size 5, so I got them packed up and into the attic. There were some more size 4s, so I got those packed up too and out of the way. Then I did the same with the spring/summer size 3s and the fall/winter size 2s. Now I'm working on the fall/winter size 3s, matching up random tops and bottoms to make outfits. I have a formula that I use for the girls' clothes that seems to work with the space we have and our laundry schedule:

  • 10 outfits of everyday clothes that are appropriate for non-rugged play and for school. These are often leggings and long sleeved knit shirts.
  • 2-3 outfits that are a little bit nicer for outings, picture day, etc. These are typically jeans with a matching sweater or corduroy pants and a sweater.
  • 2-3 play dresses. I just like these.
  • 2-3 church dresses.
  • 2 emergency outfits: 1 for school and one for the diaper bag.

If I follow this formula a single bin will house a size for every season, and that's pretty manageable.

Let me just reiterate that I am NOT a materialistic person. Remember when I did the whole "no buying" thing during lent? It changed me, I'm a changed person, I'm not materialistic. The vast majority of these purchases however, were before my metamorphisis, and I'm still paying the price. Yet, there's a certain thrill from going through my piles and finding that I have MATCHING PIECES from the same Gymbore collection that were all purchased at Value Village. (As further proof of my issue, I have a website where I can look them up based on a code on the tag to confirm that they are, in fact, from the same collection. Self awareness is half the battle people.)

I'm too embarassed to post pictures of the "during." Suffice it to say, it's too bad I don't have triplets that wear a size 3.

I will post pictures of the after.

Hey - anybody want to buy a fall wardrobe for their girl who wears a size 3? I'll charge you $7 per outfit of long sleeve shirt/leggings!


Sue @ My Party of 6 said...

I love your honesty! I'm afraid if I posted my "to sort" pile, I might get drummed right out of the blogosphere. But I think I'll do it anyway because that's the only thing that will get me to actually sort it! It's a good thing yours is right in your way. Mine is stuffed in a little used attic space and I can ignore it for months and months. (Although now that it's cold, I either need to get it out, or buy new clothes. And I'm definitely not doing that!)

Stimey said...

Hey, at least it's all in bins. I consider that to be half the battle.

Laurie said...

Big break through Ellen. Way to go!

Anonymous said...

Your dad, (the neat freak in the family) would be happy to see you less encumbered. Your mom, on the other hand, has sort of gotten used to coming for a visit and ending up in your bedroom acting as motivator as you sort and sort and sort and....

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