“Can’t we just write about cleaning out my closet and not actually do it?” Well, no, we can’t. The poor thing. He put off this week’s home organization project until this afternoon and when he asked if I wanted wine and cheese, I said, “Only if you’re still going to do your closet with me.”
“What? We’re still doing that? Why don’t we clean something else out? Why does it have to be my stuff?” See what I mean about the poor thing? He was really taking it hard.
His feathers are still ruffled from when we sorted and culled through all of our books, way back in March. Oh, and don’t forget all of his work files that we sorted through in February. Brad’s been very helpful and supportive of this hare-brained weekly project of mine – which was our New Year’s Resolution for this year – as long as we kept the focus on my stuff and not his.
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- This week’s project. My husband’s closet. It’s the end of October and we’ve been talking about doing this for months.
- Small. It only took about 45 minutes. The hardest part was just getting started. That’s always the hardest part, isn’t it? The just getting going part of the project.
- Clear and clean. Everything came out, but in stages. We did knit shirts, shorts, pants, and then dress shirts. To his credit, he got rid of things that really didn’t look good on him. If you need a shirt for the upcoming school auction (you know which one I’m talking about here!), we have several shirts to choose from.
- Get set. We got rid of the stained, torn, and really out of style items. We did keep a lot of things that our son might wear in a few years. He’s a senior in high school and the classics (remember all those years I worked for Polo/Ralph Lauren menswear?) may work, if he ends up going to college on the east coast. Or on the west coast. Who knows. We kept them so he can have a few items if he needs them.
- Stop buying. To be honest with you, Brad is not a shopper and when he finds an item he likes or wants, he buys it. It happens so rarely that I really don’t feel right stopping him. He also really likes cashmere so there’s that. Remember, we got rid of a lot of sweaters early on this process.
- Less is more. Well, yes, but not when it comes to men’s clothing. It seems that men don’t have to constantly buy new items and upgrade. Their items are well made and last longer. While I would have gotten rid a lot more, what’s left can be worn for years to come.
What’s not fair is that men’s clothing really does stay in style. Many of Brad’s dress shirts and trousers have been worn for years – and can still be worn in the future. There’s something not right about how expensive women’s clothing is and then it goes out of style sooner. We’re also expected to carry expensive handbags and bags. And then there’s all the hair and make-up. It can really cost a bundle of money. OK, I’m getting off topic so I’ll stop now.
Thank you to everyone who reads these weekly home organization posts! Also, thank you for all of the tours I’m getting – whether they’re in real life or via email – of your home organization projects. I love it! It’s not easy to part with stuff or sort through things. It’s so nice once it’s done and it looks so good. Keep up the good work!
What was your project for this week? Did you have wine while doing it?