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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Confessions of a Mindless Consumer

I've recently come to the difficult realization that I am a slob. There, I said it. While I'm confessing, I am also an addict - to clothes, shoes and antique lighting.

But I just found a cure for at least two out of my four major problems. (Winning the lottery would also be a good cure, but I digress.)

Actually, it's more of a solution or even enabler than a "cure," per se. Behold the wonder that is the Neatnix Slide N Stax:

They're so simple and yet so miraculous! Between each item of clothing is a plastic card that keeps the items separate and easy to slide out without disturbing the rest of the stack. Before stacking, you use the plastic card as a guide for tidy, slim folding. (I bought the corresponding Fold N Stax to get more plastic cards than what comes with the unit.) Another bonus is that it's easy to see what all I own, so I don't end up buying three red shirts - hmm, too late for that one.

I wish I'd thought to take a photo of that shelf "before." It used to be three distinct stacks - pants, shirts and, um, other shirts - but had devolved into one big jumble that rained clothes down on my head whenever I tried to choose a pair of pants. And let's not even talk about the shirts!

Here, I'll show you some other photos of my closet/bedroom chaos, and you'll get the idea:

About half of my summer shoe collection has navigated out of the closet and onto the floor in front of the dresser.

My bedroom closet. Believe it or not, my clothes did not cause that swayback in the rod. It was there before we bought the house.

My bedroom armoire. This originated as the place for my winter sweaters and my few dresses and pajamas. But then I bought a lot more sweaters, dresses and pajamas. It's also overflow from the other closet.

I'll wait while you turn your nose up in disgust at my meaningless, consumer-driven life.

Just so you know, I'm posting these photos not because I'm proud but because I'm ashamed. It's getting ridiculous. Not so long ago, I had trouble finding something to wear in the morning because I didn't have much to choose from. Now I have trouble because I have TOO MUCH to choose from. This is what happens to a girl when she loses a few pounds and also starts up an eBay business selling clothes that she happens to love.

We could play a "Where's Waldo?" with these photos. See if you can find the following:

My T-shirt from 10th grade gym class (hint: our mascot was the Patriot)
18 blue items (not counting navy)
My new favorite accessory, a red belt
2 cherry print items
25 pairs of shoes (visible)
2 cotton candy colored items
Evidence that I have lost my mind completely ... oh wait, that's this post.

But don't worry, I have ordered more Slide N Stax. Even if I am a mindless consumer, at least I can be a neat one.

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Lenise said...

I am so fighting the same battle. I've gotten rid of lots, but we've still got too much stuff for our poor little old house. And with two growing boys, the toys and clothes just keep accumulating!

9:13 AM  
mindy said...

I purge my closet often, but still find that things stack up like that. I think it's due to my bargain hunting ways. If I see something that is a deal, even if I am not 100% in love with it, I buy it. Then I never, ever, wear it. Super bad habit, super hard to break. Those organizers are a great idea - no bunched up piles o' sweaters melting into the back of your closet! Good find.

Can I also mention that 10 Things I Hate About You is one of my favorite teen movies? I only own about ten dvds, and that is one of them.

"Do you really want to get all dressed up, so some Drakkar Noir-wearing dexter with a boner can feel you up while you're forced to listen to a band that, by definition, blows? "

1:24 PM  
Kristin said...

That's me, Mindy - if it's a bargain, I can't seem to resist.

I love 10 Things I Hate About You - so many great, quotable lines! :)

"I'm thinking of getting a Tercel. Yup, that's a Toyota."

Hee hee.

11:02 AM  
halloweenlover said...

Oh man, I soooo sympathize. I buy way too much stuff, and I can't seem to purge!

6:06 PM  
misschrisc said...

Certified clothes horse here. I always organize my clothes by color. Everything looks like a rainbow in my closet. Very purty but also very practical for finding and creating outrageous/fun outfits. It does get jumbled a lot but then once a week I go in and sort of arrange.

I also stash seasonal clothes. The Winter/Fall stuff will be drug out very soon. I also have a mild addiction to style.com where you can get all into the season newest trends and recreate stuff from your collection by browsing all the runway shows. Pathetic I know but fun.

6:53 AM  

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