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Happiness, and a question.

Today I am happy. It's sunny, I've already done most of my domestic stuff (except for cooking), and it's not even afternoon yet. But I'm happy "just because": that I have been efficient over the past few days is just a bonus.

I did some laundry and concluded that I am going to need to purge some of my closet. My closet is the size of a small bathroom: were it not for the clothes, you could move a cot in there and sleep a houseguest. And yet, it's on the verge of being full.

Now, my closet is not primarily filled with clothes I hate, or can't wear, or whatever: it primarily has clothes I wear, just not that often. You live a long time, you stay the same size for most of it, you acquire a lot of clothes. And if you launder every few weeks, you can wind up leaving some of the clothes on their hangers for years, because you never get to them.

So: a purge. There's a cluster of silk blouses that I no longer need, that I can give to Dress for Success. (I'd rather give them somewhere where their being silk is an advantage than just hand them to Goodwill.) And I do have some cotton and linen shirts I don't wear often. But I don't wear them because I have started taking them to the cleaner on the corner, because they do such a superb job of pressing and I emphatically don't. That costs about $1.69, depending on what day of the week you go. The pennypincher in me says that if it costs $1.69 to clean and press them, I shouldn't wear them except "on special occasions." Which, my having such a big collection of cotton knits and poly-spandex blends and polyester microfiber, never arise.

So should I get rid of the shirts? I like them, I just don't wear them because of the marginal expense of getting them properly pressed. I don't want to get rid of them, really -- some of them are very handsome, with folded-back French cuffs and a color-matched contrasting-pattern brocade on the inside yoke, a detail that pleases no-one but the wearer -- but I probably wouldn't notice for a month or more if someone snuck in and stole them.

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wickedgillie
Mar. 27th, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
If you haven't worn it in 6 months to a year, I'd say pass it on to someone else who needs it.
np_complete
Apr. 3rd, 2010 06:08 pm (UTC)
Yes, that would be best, I'm sure. I'm just not sure there's anything that I haven't worn at least once in the past year. (I've done several purges already, over the past few years.)
starmalachite
Mar. 31st, 2010 06:07 pm (UTC)
Good suggestion above. But if closet space is not a problem, keeping several of them may be good for your spirit. A cheap indulgence can make almost any day feel better, especially if no calories are involved.
np_complete
Apr. 3rd, 2010 06:12 pm (UTC)
That is a very neat icon! A cross-section of a geode, or something similar?

I think I'll probably get rid of the high-maintenance ones, even though they're very nice. (I don't consider being sent out for laundering high maintenance, but sweaters that need to be hand-washed and reshaped do count.) I tend to avoid wearing those just because they're such a pain to clean.
starmalachite
Apr. 3rd, 2010 08:21 pm (UTC)
It's a cross-section of a semiprecious gemstone called malachite. If you're not familiar with it, think of tiger's eye colored a slightly bluish green.

Malachite & malachitestar ware both already taken when I signed up for LJ, (along with a lot of other gem & astronomy names) so...

OT: happy seasonal holiday of your choice. I'm Christian myself, but when I was shopping for Passover cards for friends, I found one of a cat wearing a yarmulke & threatening to run away if he was fed matzoh instead of gefilte fish. Naturally, I thought of Jack.
np_complete
Apr. 3rd, 2010 10:39 pm (UTC)
when I was shopping for Passover cards for friends, I found one of a cat wearing a yarmulke & threatening to run away if he was fed matzoh instead of gefilte fish. Naturally, I thought of Jack.

Aw! I wish I could see that!

Jack might well turn up his nose at the gefilte fish. I offered him some salmon trimmings the other day, and he wasn't interested. :)
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