Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Chores and Self Satisfaction

I didn’t spend a whole lot of time at my computer yesterday instead I spent a whole lot of time in my closet.

My arm hurts from patting myself on the back. You see, I got up all my nerve and energy and attacked my closet and all my dresser drawers. I was on a mission. I went through all my clothes and discarded the ones that either didn’t fit or that I haven’t worn in a way long time. I found stuff I had forgotten I had. I found stuff that I wondered why I had. I found a lot of soon to be ex-closet and ex-drawer occupants.

I now have three very large black plastic bags full of clean and neatly folded clothes that will go to the thrift shop on Saturday. There are some purses, socks, scarves and other miscellaneous items as well.

As of yesterday afternoon, my dressers drawers are neat and easy to close since they aren’t jammed with clothes. My half of the closet is all neat, arranged and not crowded to death. It all looks great and it’s functional again.

This was one of those chores that after it’s completed, you just keep going back, looking at your accomplishments and smiling with self satisfaction. It’s not like I changed the world or anything, but I sure did bring some order to my own little world. That’s good to do ever now and then. It reminds you that you do have some control over some things in life.


Blogger MichaelBains said...

Each of "our own little world"s is the most important place to start, isn't it.


June 27, 2007 2:26 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

I know the feeling. I could use a little closet cleaning myself right now.

June 27, 2007 4:03 AM  
Blogger Undeniable Liberal said...

Will you come and do mine? That's not a job for the weak hearted.

June 27, 2007 4:27 AM  
Blogger niCk (Mem Beth) said...

I need to do the same thing. I'm the best procrastinator, when it comes to cleaning out closets.

There are too many blogs to surf.

June 27, 2007 4:28 AM  
Blogger Coffee Messiah said...

It's amazing isn't it.

We did the same thing when we moved here 2 yrs ago.

It's getting easier to downsize for sure.

June 27, 2007 4:45 AM  
Blogger JM said...

Let's hope that this will be an inspiration, since I need to do the same.

June 27, 2007 4:49 AM  
Blogger Larry said...

That is a task you dread but are so glad you stuck it out, once you did.

June 27, 2007 4:58 AM  
Blogger LET'S TALK said...

Did you run into anything that you didnt want to let go of?

June 27, 2007 5:39 AM  
Blogger mommanator said...

I try to keep my stuff to a minimum but my hubbie likes to shop-he actually drives me crazy with it. I throw, he buys!
See what R&R will do for ya!

June 27, 2007 5:58 AM  
Blogger bluegrrrrl said...

Good for you getting your closet cleaned out! You are my idol! I have a closet, a bedroom, a garage, and a storage unit that need the same treatment when I return home. Now I have some motivation!

btw, if you are so inclined...
Consider yourself tagged! (I got tagged twice...look for your name on the second one!)
(no worries if you decline...)

June 27, 2007 6:46 AM  
Anonymous scott said...

Would you consider leaving your husband for an overweight, middle aged birding golfer?

Failing that, would you make a closet video for my better half?

I would move my few articles of clothing to one of the guest room closets, but they are packed to the rafters as well.

June 27, 2007 7:08 AM  
Blogger G. said...

Culling one's ephemera is a cathartic experience, especially when you make some unexpected money at the yard sale you have for the items.


June 27, 2007 7:42 AM  
Blogger Time said...

I have a stack of boxes, that will be used for cleaning out the stuff in my closet. Those boxes have been there for 6 months.

Good job!!

June 27, 2007 7:51 AM  
Blogger TheCultureGhost said...

The SigOt just finished cleaning out her closet (the one I built for her a year ago). She, too, is mightily pleased with the results.

Now if we could just address the growing problem of the garage...

June 27, 2007 7:53 AM  
Blogger robin andrea said...

Actually, you might change the world a little bit. You're donating your clothes to a thrift shop. Someone might buy something you've donated, put it on and feel renewed, energized, confident. It really can make a small difference.

And, to top it off, you've got clean closets!

June 27, 2007 7:57 AM  
Blogger roger said...

i've tried to clean out my internal closets for years. i have all sorts of outworn ideas that i never use any more, but they persist in memory somewhere.

June 27, 2007 8:09 AM  
Blogger SB Gypsy said...

Hubby laid down one rule when I moved into his house:

You buy one thing and bring it into the house, you hafta get rid of one thing.

I don't do much shopping anymore.

June 27, 2007 8:20 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

You've inspired me!!

My closet (and dresser drawers) are both disaster zones!!

June 27, 2007 8:32 AM  
Blogger Sherry said...

i always feel heroic after cleaning out a closet.

June 27, 2007 9:58 AM  
Blogger DivaJood said...

Clean closets leave room for breathing.

June 27, 2007 10:15 AM  
Blogger Samantha said...

Awesome! I do that for my daughter and myself every 3 months, mostly because she is so small she outgrows things quickly and I figure if I am doing it for her I can do it for me as well. Big Sisters actually calls us to ask so they provide the motivation. Makes you feel accomplished afterwards lol till they fill up again ;o)

June 27, 2007 10:47 AM  
Blogger Peacechick Mary said...

Ohhhh, I know that feeling. I've even gotten up in the night; turned on the light and stood with pride, almost saluting the new order.

June 27, 2007 1:25 PM  
Blogger TomCat said...

Congrat's, PoP. I'm glad you came out of the closet. :-)

June 27, 2007 1:46 PM  
Blogger Leo said...

Good job! I find that ever since I came out of the closet, I've let the space "go to hell"-lol.

June 27, 2007 1:52 PM  
Blogger Suze said...

You know what's funny? I do the same thing - and last time I was at the thrift store, I picked up an item with interest, realized I had donated it, and hastily put it back down.....sheesh!

June 27, 2007 2:50 PM  
Blogger Fixer said...

We have a rule in the Fixer household. If you haven't looked at it in 2 years, you don't need it. Out it goes. Well, not out, like you, we donate anything serviceable. Mrs. F also donates her old business suits to this charity in NYC that gives women in job training good clothes to wear on interviews. If anybody's interested in that, email me (link at the Brain) and I'll get the details from the Mrs.

June 27, 2007 3:48 PM  
Anonymous fairlane said...

If only someone could do that with my mind. I can barely close my eyes my head is so filled with crap.

Sorry to hear about your pooch. I'm glad I could make you smile for at least a moment.

June 27, 2007 4:40 PM  
Blogger beachblogger said...

dear PoP,

i know just what you mean. i just remodeled a closet and find myself looking over at it admiring how neat it looks.

peace, peter

June 27, 2007 6:18 PM  
Blogger Dizzy Dezzi said...

I spent the last 8 weeks while SSG Dizzy was away to do the exact same thing, only I took a few moments every day in a different room of the house. Disposed of the items in three groups of items, including "garage sale/donate", "garbage", and storage, in the basement. I spent the last two weeks organizing the basement. I even went out and got some of the huge rubbermaid totes and stored and stacked everything in an orderly fashion (something, I am ashamed to say, I have meant to do since we moved in 4 years ago, but I am proud to say I am finally done...yes, my arm hurts too ***wink***). I took all the "garbage" to a local recycle center. I left the "donation" stuff for SSG Dizzy to transfer. I am making it my mission to stay more of top of this clutter by going through the same process every month. I got my inspiration from I don't follow her "rules" religiously, but they do help me to find focus in what I want to do or where I want to go with a project. Getting rid of the clutter did help me find a lot of peace, though.

June 27, 2007 8:23 PM  
Anonymous pekka said...

Clean closets are the sign of a sick mind. My mind couldn't be cleaner.

June 27, 2007 10:57 PM  
Blogger LET'S TALK said...

pissed off patricia, I've changed the video format, so all can view Jon Stewart on Let's Talk.

June 28, 2007 1:13 AM  
Blogger Pursey Tuttweiler said...

You deserve a pat on the back and yes indeed, it is projects like that that give one a sense of control. I have been laundry obsessed. I feel that if everything is clean, folded and put away, that even if I die, I will be proud of what my family will discover. Sounds nutty, but you have to feel that sense of control.

June 28, 2007 7:09 AM  
Blogger Batocchio said...

Good for you. My apartment needs some serious love in this respect.

June 28, 2007 11:36 AM  
Blogger Floridacracker said...

I am inspired to do the same.

It's a little Fibber McGee - ish in there.

June 28, 2007 4:59 PM  
Blogger Sparky Duck said...

we do this every year, because I always seem to be buying stuff to fill the drawers again.

June 28, 2007 9:31 PM  
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