I’ve had way too many clothes for way too long. I’m pretty sure I could clothe a small village in Cambodia and everyone would look fabulous! Growing up, I never felt I had the right attire for whatever the occasion presented. As I look in my closet, this is definitely not the issue now. If we had a last minute black tie event, I would be able to dress for it and look good. If we needed to attend a business casual dinner with the president of a company, I could quickly make it happen. I was even able to make a last minute Dia de los Muertos outfit this past October.
My friends have to be totally wondering how I’m going to pare down my ready-for-anything wardrobe to fit into only two suitcases (and that might even be down to one after tonight’s conversation). Heck, I’ve been wondering about this myself!
Currently, I have several “piles”. The first is obviously the “To Go” pile of the items that will travel with me on our adventure. Next is the “Sell” pile of things either going either to Threadflip or another resale establishment (and really why shouldn’t I make a little money off of the items I have?) The third pile is the “Donate” pile for recurring and near-constant trips to Goodwill. The final pile is my “Oh My, How Would I Ever Live Without These When We are Stationary Again” pile. This is not a huge pile, but merely a small plastic tub (and not even full at that.)
It’s this last pile that I don’t think Evo is really happy about. He knows I will get the “To Go” pile where it needs to be, and he is probably happy to see the “Sell” and the “Donate” piles as he knows these will be gone soon! I know his concern about the “Oh My, How Would I Ever Live Without These When We are Stationary Again” pile centers around storage. Why would we (I probably should say “I” here) store these clothes? The items in this pile fit me perfectly. As a 5’1” inch girl with “mama” hips (no I’m not going to divulge my weight), I have a difficult time finding clothes to fit properly. Some of them were altered to fit, others just fit (which is really rare.) Most of the items are dresses or dress clothes for business, and the idea of trying to find them again is not a particularly thrilling idea.
On the other side of this is that we are already committed to renting a small storage unit for items which can’t be replaced anyway. What’s one more plastic tub? They aren’t going to charge us per tub or by weight -- we get a set amount of space. That’s it. Now if our space was filled, then I would need to reconsider.
Back to the paring down: I’ve got my clothes into the two suitcases, and I’m going to only wear things from those suitcases the next few weeks. And I’m probably going to pare down a bit more, as I think I’ve got too many shirts and shorts. Once I get my clothes in order, then I can begin to ponder what shoes to take. And that part just might kill me.