WIT :: of closet calamities and egregious epiphanies

And you thought today was an OOTD day.

Ha! Fooled you!

Okay, that wasn’t nice, and I apologize. But here’s the thing: this is my last day of freedom. Tomorrow, it’s officially my first day back on the job and I’ve got Back to School night till 8pm. Then Wednesday, the kids come. And then it’ll be another 183 days before I can be slothful and lax and carefree once again.

Can you blame me for staying in my ratty old shorts and thrifted Gap tee all day? And it’s such a nonentity of an outfit that it doesn’t bear photographing, especially not in 90+ degree heat.

Instead, today, you get this:

broken closet

What is it, you may ask? It is this…


…with a broken bracket. Actually, the bracket didn’t break; it was literally pulled out of the wall. And when I noticed it and told the hubs, the conversation went something like this:

Me: I think my closet is broken.
Him: You think?
Me: Okay, my closet is broken?
Him: How broken?
Me: The wire thingy pulled out of the wall.
Him: You know what this means, right?
Me: I have too many clothes?
Him: You have too many clothes.

And I think it was the calm, non-judgmental way he said it that finally got me. I felt like I’d just gone through an intervention. It was a figurative slap in the face, if you will.

I have too many clothes.

And rather than feel proud or sheepish or indifferent like I usually do depending on my mood, this time I just felt thoroughly shamed. Didn’t I start this blog to shop my closet? Wasn’t that why I called it “My Closet Catalogue” in the first place? I probably have double the amount of clothes I had when I first started this project. Because that’s just one side of my closet, folks. The side that houses pants, skirts and dresses. Catty corner to it is and similar in length is the side that holds my sweaters, tops and blazers.

After hurriedly divesting the organizer of the groaning weight, then frantically culling clothes that didn’t fit me in an attempt to lessen the load (I filled one huge industrial sized garbage bag of stuff that doesn’t fit, but that’s another post for another day), and still realizing that I have an obscene excess, I knew I had to do it. I had to go cold turkey.

I had to do a spending fast.

Hey, if I did it with smoking, I can do it with spending. All that big talk about budgeting was just my paying lip service to the concept but not really committing. This time, in the face of reality, a torn-up wall and a broken organizer (that is still broken as of this writing because the part still hasn’t come in so I’m living out of my bathtub and both my kids’ closets), I have nowhere to hide.

In conclusion, my friends, today begins my 90-day spending fast. I will not buy clothes, shoes or accessories for the next 90 days. I will enjoy what I have, rediscover old favorites and actually rip off the tags of the new ones.

And maybe, just maybe, at the end of the 90-day trial, I may just go all the way and finally stick to a spending plan that makes fiscal, emotional and spatial sense.


17 thoughts on “WIT :: of closet calamities and egregious epiphanies

  1. Ah, yes….my closet was apparently constructed of the same faulty materials as yours. It fell down a few months ago and I had basically the same conversation with my husband. I do need a pair of plain black ankle boots, but other than that I’m also toying with the idea of shutting myself off for a while…

  2. jangrahammcmillen says:

    Poor baby … good of you to concede that you MIGHT have too many clothes. Might, maybe, could possibly, but perhaps not. Perhaps the closet installation was faulty. Or the hardware failed. It happens.
    Now is a great time to slow down anyway. Time to wear all your summer stuff a few more times and do some closet shopping, ’cause you know you haven’t worn all the best combination possibilities. That’s what I’m doing right now, and just starting to think of fall. The big mags are loading onto the Kindle Fire, and I’m doing my first paw-through. I’ll start with shoes and boots, as it’s all about the 6.5 going fast. And I’m thinking about sewing more this winter … we shall see.
    Today was horrid, as I spent the morning fighting my way through ass-deep, wet,tangled grass in a humid 90 degrees, chasing escaped horses on foot with Dan. Then I steeled my determination and had someone haul off all but my favorite four … I was devastated but we can’t really handle as many as we had. Sad, sad, sad to see them go, but the goal of a safe new home with no danger of becoming dog food or bucking stock for the rodeo beaters was achieved. Too hard to keep up our old fences, and though we still have to fix some and do maintenance, it’s easier having just four rather than 11. I’m heartsick, but know we did the right thing.
    Don’t feel like posting but may get it together later in the week. Dunno.
    But hope you have a lovely week …

    Oooh! Yes! And of course you know Dr. Who launches the new season on Satuday! Woot Woot! Looking forward to it lots!

    • mtsedwards says:

      A lovely week for you too. I know I’m not going to because work but this, too, shall pass, right? I just need to get back in the swing of things. Unfortunately, that might mean less posting on my part while I try to get my mojo back. I hope my loyal readers stay loyal while I ponder a brief hiatus.

  3. Good for you! About six months ago I was feeling disgusted with how many clothes I had and how much spending I was doing. I also started my blog to NOT feel this way but I think my habits had actually gotten worse. I did a HUGE closet clean-out in March and got rid of about half of my clothing. It felt oh so good! I haven’t done a spending fast but I do have a fairly strict quarterly budget and I feel like that has made my spending much more purposeful. I wish you the best of luck 🙂 Keep us posted!

    • mtsedwards says:

      I definitely shall. Already, the eshakti buy one, get one free sale is driving me mad, but I’m gritting my teeth and letting it pass me by.

  4. Patti says:

    Good luck! You can do this, if you want to – or you can change the rules if it makes sense — don’t be too strict with yourself. xoxo

  5. Val S says:

    This is the problem with blogging – you feel like you need to have something new to put in every blog. I think your readers will appreciate outfits using some of your old standbys in new combinations. BTW, do you ever read Sheila’s blog, Ephemera? She’s got a huge wardrobe, but she’s got some pieces that I love to see over and over. She’s at ephemera.blogspot.com, I think.

  6. I’m cheering you on! Woohoo! ❤

  7. average jayne says:

    I am on Day 57 of my own shopping fast and it’s so much easier than I had thought… I have been busy with work and other projects, so the timing was good. I will admit I have been perusing online and strategizing for a few pieces I want to purchase this upcoming fall, but I think that I will be able to set up and follow a budget once I’m finished. Good luck to you!!

    • mtsedwards says:

      Oh, wow! Day 57. I can only dream. But if you say it gets easier, I shall take you on your word and use you as my inspiration. Thanks for the good luck wishes; I’m gonna need them!

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