A while back, I had a green sweater that just up and disappeared. I liked the sweater (a gift from H) and don’t have that many clothes, so I did a fairly through search of the house, my clothing and her clothing. The damn thing never turned up, and I had no idea where or how it had gone missing. The most plausible thing (in my mind) was that it had gone through the wash and dryer, shrunk, and she commandeered it, though she was adamant about the fact that she had one of a similar color.
A few weeks ago, H was poking around in the basement (we had quite a bit of rain and subsequent flooding of the basement) and happened to throw in a load of laundry. After she did that, she (for some reason) she opened the door to our old dryer. That dryer broke quite a while ago (based on my best guess, it was sometime in the fall of 09) and has long been forgotten. No one has used it, no one has thought about it or even touched it since. So when she called me back down stairs and said I would find something funny, I had absolutely no idea what she was talking about. So on down I went and she was standing there, holding a few pieces of clothing with the door to the old dryer open!
There had been a load of clothes in there for almost two years – thankfully, the clothing had finished drying before the dryer broke, or else they would have been moldy and been a total loss. This obviously was a total shock to me. There were a few shirts, my long lost sweater, and some socks of mine, as well as some articles of H’s as well. After my elation wore off though, it got me to thinking – How many pieces of clothing do I really need?
Even though there were quite a few shirts in there (about 4) I had not even noticed they were missing – in fact, the only thing I knew was missing was the sweater. Before this, I always thought that I kept the amount of clothing that I had to a minimum, but what does it say that I can go for almost 2 years and not notice that over 1/2 of my polo-style shirts are missing, and worse yet, that I didnt even realize that they were gone? I think that I may need to look at the amount of clothing that I’ve got right now and maybe pare down a bit – but to do that, I’d have to figure out some things.
Namely, how do you all handle things that you know you’re going to have to wear a few times a year, but not frequently at all. For me, the best example of this is a suit. I had one in high school that I grew out of, and never needed one though college. After undergrad, I interviewed for a few jobs, but I didnt wear a suit – where I lived people would look at you a bit funny if you showed up in a suit. It was a very laid back place. I also had a few job interviews after grad school and most were in the western US, and I didnt really wear a suit for those either. I did have one interview on the east coast, which I did need a suit for – so I bought one. Since then, I’ve probably had to wear it 12 or so times – but clearly, that’s no reason to get rid of it, as I know i’ll need it again for weddings, other job interviews, etc. So there are things like that I can, but probably shouldn’t get rid of, then there are other things that I just dont wear as often, and I need to find out where the line is on that. So I’ll ask all of you -
How do you draw the line between things that you dont wear frequently, but want to keep, and things that you dont wear frequently but want to get rid of? Is there a number of times per year that you wear it that acts as a cutoff, or is there something else?