Almost a year and a half ago, Jimmy and I bagged up most of our clothes and took them to a local dry cleaner to clean and store while we battled the nefarious carpet beetles that infested our home. We kept Daniel’s clothes since they were easily washable, a few towels, t-shirts and lounging clothes and a few items for work that would see us through what we thought would be a short time.
Fucking carpet beetles.
Come summer 2012, I was buying new shirts and a few new skirts and dresses to see me through. Fall 2012 found me buying a few more items. I tried to purchase carefully, knowing that at some point, hopefully, I would be getting back my wardrobe.
By Winter 2012 I was frustrated. I had kept skirts but in some cases, inexplicably, not sweaters or warm shirts that would go with them. I had kept only a couple of sweaters in general. My stress-induced weight gain made some of the my meager wardrobe look like shit on me. I was sick and tired of what clothes I had and had to talk myself down from deciding a (small) shopping spree was in order.
A couple of months ago, Jimmy told me he thought we could bring home our clothes. We had waged war against the damn carpet beetles for over a year and (knock on wood!!), the situation seemed to be under control. We set a date; I dared not get my hopes up.
Last weekend, our clothes came home. That may be the stupidest sentence ever written on this blog for its sentiment, but I was thrilled. THRILLED. I had a wedding to go to last Saturday and reveled in the luxury of 4 outfit changes. As I flipped through the clothes encased in plastic, I practically cooed. I had forgotten about this shirt and that shirt and oh, look at the cute summer clothes I had forgotten (or tried to forget) I had!!
I’m proud of myself for managing to survive on a few pairs of pants and skirts for over a year. My wardrobe was thin, and I hope I didn’t look ridiculous for a year. I’m a bit embarrassed by the sheer amount of clothes we have, and I suspect I have a lot of weeding and donations to Goodwill in my future. I have a bad tendency to hoard and hang on to items much longer than I should, but I’ll be happy to go through and ruthlessly weed items that I easily got along without for a year.
But for now? I’m enjoying the over-full closet. All of my socks are back! I wore a sweater yesterday from the returned items and paired a blouse and dress for today. I’m far from a clothes-horse or fashion guru, believe me. Many of the items in my wardrobe have been collected over many years, and I like to think they are classic and timeless. This week I have enjoyed having variety from which to choose and just having a little fun with my wardrobe. I feel more confident and secure wearing my clothes. They are old friends.
After the last couple of weeks, it’s nice to find a few rays of sunshine.