July 25, 2007

Putting Some Things to Rest

Staring at my closet this morning from bed, as I do every morning since we have no closet doors, I made a decision to finally retire some shirts that I haven't worn in ages and probably won't wear again. I share a pretty small closet with Forest - divided right down the middle - so every hanger of space is valuable real estate.

These are all shirts that I love, but either don't fit like they used or are outdated. My favorite is the sequin bolero that I just HAD to have and couldn't wait for the 200 knock offs that would come two months later. I probably wore that thing 4 times.

When I was a cocktail waitress at a busy restaurant I had to dress up every night so I have a lot of leftovers in my closet from that dressier (and skinnier) time. It's amazing how many calories you burn running back and forth from the bar for 5 hours in heels.

I give most of my clothes away to friends or thrift stores, but for any special items I have a small "hope chest" that I've started for a future daughter or daughter-in-law. Any shoes, bags, clothes, accessories that are special to me or that might be valued again in 25 years are put in there. I remember looking at photos of my mom as a girl and wishing so badly she had saved her dresses from the 60's. Some of this may not appeal to them, just like I have to accept that as much as I love my wedding dress, nobody may want to want that either, but it will be a fun walk down memory lane someday...at least for me.

8 comments:

Alishia said...

Oooo, I want the one on the left! I call dibs!

Chris & Tammie said...

I cleaned out my closet this past weekend too! I need to go shopping now!!!!

Angie said...

That's a wonderful idea to save some favorites in a "hope chest". Love the photo!

Erin said...

I think your hope chest idea is really fun, too!

raya said...

Tammie, Forest always jokes that when I go shopping I have to get rid of the same amount of items I bought..so does that mean I get to go buy 5 new things now? I think so...

shannon said...

I have also been keeping one of these "Clothes museums" for my daughters- I wonder if they will like old 50's dresses and pointy toe shoes as much as I do?

raya said...

Who knows Shannon, it will probably be more like "90's" clothes or something considering everything I liked as a kid was just "too close to home" for my mom..but we can dream!

Maz@styletreaty said...

I wish I'd seen that idea for hope chest idea sooner!!! I had some beautiful stuff that got donated because it didn't fit me anymore!!