Hi, I’m urban bohemian, and I’m a clothes-a-holic…
Recognizing that I have a problem is the first step, right?* This entire week, every night’s self-assigned chore has been clean out the closet. To date, I’ve barely managed to get old dry-cleaning plastic bags into the trash. How the hell does one start this process? I’m running out of closet space for new dress shirts, because the closet isn’t designed very well in the first place, the weight of clothing often brings it all crashing down from time to time and I feel powerless to do anything about it. My landlord told me he wouldn’t mind if I installed a new closet system in there (of course he wouldn’t mind!) but I feel like I need a lot less stuff first otherwise, it makes no sense to even try.
Does anyone have advice in how to make the opening salvo? What does one do with leftover wire hangers from dry cleaning? How does a pack-rat get rid of clothing that still fits, even if it fails the “6 month test”? Thankfully as I’ve grown, many things no longer fit, so I won’t have a problem getting rid of them, the harder part will be obtaining the patience to donate the clothes instead of just tossing them out. And shoes — Shoes… Shoes… Shoes! — that still fit and still have appropriate fashion, but that I just don’t wear anymore, I feel like I need an entirely separate closet for shoes. Coats too. I used to never have any coats or warm weather gear and then I went through a phase where I acquired/bought too many coats, many of which still fit me just fine. I’m feeling just a tiny bit overwhelmed right now.
Otherwise I’d also like new sheets for the bed, I’m ready to make the leap to a duvet + cover lifestyle, I bought some new pillows, from Target of all places, and they are wonderful. I’ll definitely head back to get 2 more of those. For sheets, I’m being drawn in by catalogs, west elm especially. Come to think of it, they’re in town now, I could just swing by and drool in person.
I know it will take a while before I have that clean, crisp urban apartment look, it’s definitely more bohemian right now than anything else, but I figure if I can start with one room and launch from there, I’ll be in a better position. I got the bathroom all sparkly, now it’s time to get the bedroom in shape, which is a 3-pronged attack: closet, bedding, computers. I’d do before and after shots, but I swear it’s so embarrassing right now that even if I had a webcam that worked with Vista, I wouldn’t turn it on.
* I mean no offense to any Friends of Bill W or anyone else in a recovery program.