I love all of the little trips here and there - day trips, cottaging, camping, summer camp. But I'm just not good at unpacking.
We came back exactly one week ago from camp, and here is our clothing bag: untouched, unpacked for 7 whole days. Not even unzipped.
|unpacked suitcase and laundry. always laundry.|
1. I've got relatively little self discipline when it comes to putting things away. This goes for the whole house and its clutter problem - not just a suitcase here and there after holidays. This is how my self-talk goes when I look at the unpacked suitcase:
self to self: Do you feel like unpacking that now?
self to self: Not really.
self to self: OK.
And then I leave it. Until I need to leave on another trip, and then I just transfer the not dirty things to the next bag and keep the cycle going. Or until it drives me crazy enough that I have to unpack it. At that point, if I don't, my annoyance just might land on some undeserving member of my family. Misplaced annoyance. It should be directed toward the unpacked bag, but instead it's directed toward a person.
This is how I need to talk to myself in the future:
self to self: (loudly and bossily) UNPACK THAT BAG RIGHT NOW! YOU HAVE NO CHOICE!
self to self: (sheepishly, hanging head) ok.
I need to toughen up and command myself to do things. Not ask, tell. Because myself will always say no if asked.
2. I have entirely too many clothes if I don't even miss what's packed in a bag for a whole week. I read in this crazy article that many women have about 100 items of clothing and wear only 30. The article also goes on to state that women think about shopping at about the same rate that men think about sex.
Well, not me. I'm not a "shop til you drop" kind of gal. But I do have a weakness for thrift stores.
I don't want to count the articles of clothing I have, but maybe it would be a good exercise. We counted the kids' stuffed animals last fall - there were about 100. And then they gave away half. It was good for them to actually hear a number, instead of just hearing their mom say "You have too many stuffed animals!"
I still own things that I haven't worn in a good 10 years. I have purged - many times. But then new things sneak in, and I need to purge again.
When we were on sabbatical in France last year, we only had a certain number of clothes - but it was enough. And it all fit in our dressers! Now I sometimes have to shove to get things in.
And you? How do you tame your clothing drawers? How fast do you unpack after holidays?