A closet too big

I want to write about so many things, but I cannot do it all in one night so today I thought I’d write about a little revelation I had today. It has to do with clothes. Yes, girls never have enough clothes, shoes bags and accessories.  We love our little fashion items and do not hesitate to buy more even though we have closets full of similar stuff at home.   Then we run out of space and need more.

Today I went to pick up a suit I had made.   On the way out,  I passed by some stores and spotted several nice dresses.  Thinking to myself that I am always wearing the same style of clothes, a dark skirt and a shirt,  I thought to myself that I should get something different.  (I suppose that’s the excuse I give myself.)

I went in and tried on dresses, pants and shoes.  I eventually bought myself a dress and a jacket. Yes, I now have something new for this holiday season. I am happy.

Upon returning home, as I always do when I get something new, I decided to take out something old from my closet and put it in the bag for donation.   As I started going through my closet, an idea struck me.

I will rearrange my closet into outfits so that it is easier and faster for me in the morning.

(I do this before going to run, but I have never done it for my entire closet.  Some of you might have already thought of this, but this is a new thing for me. How do you organize your closet?)

No longer would I sort my clothes according to type and colour:  Pants, shirts, t-shirts, etc… white, black… Arranging my closet this way resulted in me always grabbing any old shirt and a skirt that matched.   I dressed almost the same week after week.  I wore what was convenient.   Black skirt and a shirt.   My weekend clothes would be jeans and a t-shirt.   How boring.  I started getting bored of myself.

The revelation that came to me through all this was not about putting clothes into outfits, but that I had so much clothing, just work clothes alone, I had enough outfits to last me five weeks!

This means that for five weeks (with five working days each) I would not repeat a dress, a suit, a skirt, a shirt, a cardigan, a scarf nor a belt.  I even had shirts to spare.

For someone who always felt like she did not have enough clothes, especially work clothes, this is a HUGE revelation. For the first time I realize do have enough work clothes.  I can dress everyday without repeating my clothes and best of all, I can wear and utilize my more expensive clothing.  My nicer clothes had previously been saved for “special” days but those do not come that often so I might as well just take them out and enjoy them before they get old!

Weekend clothes?  I could go many months without repeating. Different styles too. Not just jeans and a t-shirt. It’s crazy. I have too much clothing.

After today, I think I will continue to arrange my closet by outfits.  This way I know what clothes I need and what needs to be donated.  I hope it works!  (This has also literally put a stop to any excuse I have to keep on shopping.)

This holiday season, why don’t you go through your closet and see how much you have? (You might be surprised!) Take out old clothes that haven’t been touched or don’t fit anywhere and donate them to those less fortunate.  Happy Holidays everyone!

Please Don’t Jump!

Sunday is here once again and what a lovely Sunday it is. Waking up to the sounds of birds humming at my window and blue skies. I thought to myself, “If only it wasn’t so hot and humid, Bangkok would be just lovely.” I decide to spend a relaxing day indoors as much as possible. This weekend with the “Pay Day Effect” in full motion (as mentioned in my previous post) I dare not venture afar. Of course I did have to go out some time so I went out with my brother today.

Almost as certain as the sun will rise tomorrow, if I keep walking around with my brother long enough, I’m bound to get a comment from a shop assistant asking me about my “boyfriend.” It is always said matter of factly, as if it was a sure fact and that things couldn’t be otherwise. It usually comes in the form of a passing question like the one I got asked today: “What tea will your boyfriend have?”

To which I responded: “He’s my brother. Maybe its better you ask him.” (The lady almost always asks me to repeat it followed by a little laugh.)

So now I have this dilemma, which I always have after an encounter like this. Should I correct or not correct the shop assistant? Do I care?

First, you might ask if I really care what the shop assistant thinks? No I don’t really care. I might not every see her again in my life, and if I did, I wouldn’t remember.

Second, what good would correcting her do? Make her feel embarassed ? or should I just smile, consider it yet a funny comment, and let it go. Let her continue to believe whatever she wants and go along with the flow.

Upon pondering over this, I have finally decided that I will with a BIG SMILE correct the shop assistant, in hopes that my doing so will perhaps let them be a little more careful. Do not jump to conclusions from just what you see. First verify the facts. I know I am sometimes culprit to this behaviour especially when you want a good gossip, but lets facts be facts. So tonight I tell myself, I’ll try to be better person by not jumping to conclusions about things I see and hear without first verifying the facts. That cute guy with that cute girl, might just be friends or siblings. No point freaking your brain out if you happen to know one of them is going out with who and who, who is not present.