OK, here’s a confession.
I love cleaning out my closets. LOVE.
- Throwing things away.
- Meticulously organizing what’s left
- Demanding Mr. DebtFree JD and Dog DebtFree JD (anyone else unlucky enough to be nearby) admire the stunning organizational gorgeousitiy* of said closets.
A few days ago, while engaged in a highly-enjoyable closet clean-out, the following thought struck:
Why am I not spending just as much time and energy in keeping things out of my closets as I am dealing with the mountain of clothes that seems to pile up inside it?
In other words, why I am so focused on dealing with the unnecessary clothes I have, and much less focused on preventing myself from buying unnecessary clothes in the first place?
This was revelatory. And led to much deep thought, such as:
- I mostly get rid of clothes I never really liked in the first place or clothes that were poorly made and started to fall apart approximately 3.5 days after I bought them.
- The solution to not buying clothes I don’t like is simple in theory, hard to execute: only buy clothes I like. My downfall is things on sale that seem like too good of a deal to pass up. But the right amount of money to spend on clothes I won’t wear is: $0.00.
- The solution to not buying poor-quality clothes is, alas, not obvious. I will not try to solve this problem by throwing money at it. Also price is frequently a lousy predictor of quality. More investigation is needed here. (One thing is certain. I will never ever ever buy a “summer weight” wool suit again. It pills more every time I so much as look in its direction.)
I now have a dream; a vision if you will. One closet–carefully organized–with a few high quality but reasonably-priced classic items that I actually like to wear. That would be kind of cool.
*OK, I just made that word up. But it should be a recognized word, as “gorgeousness” is a hideous word: hard to spell and unpleasant to say and read.