Getting married later in life has provided many advantages. Trying to share closet space is not one of them. Perhaps I’ve forgotten but I just don’t recall having this many clothes 20-25 years ago. I’m pretty certain that what I had then, isn’t what I have now though. Now to be fair, I work for an employer that requires traditional dress-code Monday through Thursday. So now I have a whole 6 foot run of shirts and a 5 foot run of suits, trousers and sport coats. (I know I’m getting older when I call pants by their correct name: trousers, but for those of you who are not in the know, that’s what dress pants are called.) The only place you can call them just “pants” and get away with it are in stores that hire teens and young college kids by the hour in the Men’s department.
I know I’m probably speaking a foreign language to a lot of guys out there. Most of my friends have 1 or 2 suits that they bought 10+ years ago. Maybe you wear one a few times a year when your wife or girlfriend tell you to. Your preference is to put on a pair of Dockers and a Greg Norman golf shirt, and for you that’s “dressed up.” The concept of buying tailored clothes might make you shudder.
But after 15 years of working in retail where 6 of those years were with Marshall Fields, I can’t imagine not shopping at a fine clothier with a real tailor and buying a quality product. If you walk into a fine Men’s clothier downtown Minneapolis or talk to a buyer who works in a softlines business, you will encounter the word “trousers.” You can tell the gentlemen at Brooks Brothers you’re interested in buying a pair of their pants, but they’ll kindly show you a selection of trousers.
Anyway, when Lisa and I started trying to put a total of 90+ years of clothes into 2 closets and 3 dressers, we found out just how much both of us really had. Holy cow! That doesn’t even count shoes, coats, jackets and sportswear. If someone stops by, we have to drape their coat over the banister on the stairs or stash it in a bedroom. It’s kind of embarrassing.
And because of all my extra work clothing, Lisa’s clothing is s-q-u-e-e-z-e-d into a single 6 foot run and two shelves. And we both share the extra closet in the other bedroom. I added an extra shelf on two walls in the main closet and it’s still not enough. We brought in a 3rd dresser and we’re still full. Needless to say, we wore out one iron just trying to keep things pressed and we were forced to replace that right away or walk around looking like we slept in our clothes. Irons never break when they’re on sale at Target. Do irons even go on sale?
So another “purging” of stuff is in order. That’s the bottom line. More donations for the Goodwill store in Apple Valley. If something new comes in for me, 3 old things have to go to compensate. Gaining weight is out of the question. I gotta get rid of the stuff that hasn’t been worn in 12 months.
My kingdom for a closet.