Welcome back to this week's edition of dear gracious this woman needs help.

The confession for this week came to me as I was folding and putting away our laundry. See I have a dresser and hubby has a dresser. So let's count, that's 4 big and 3 small drawers all to myself. And when all my clothes are clean, I can not shut the drawers all the way without something getting stuck.

The true confession though is that the stuff in the bottom 1/2 of the drawers, it.never.moves. As in-I never wear it. I have some big old t-shirts with holes or stains I just can't give up, but those I WEAR (only to bed or around the house, I swear). I realized when folding that many of these t-shirts are older than my kids. I know this because they are dated. 'Cause I'm classy like that. There is a red Old Navy 4th of July shirt from the year Brooke was born. There is a Jimmy Buffett Parrothead Party shirt from 2000. And a Beach House on the Moon Buffett concert t-shirt I bought when pregnant with Breanna in 1999. But the pièce de résistance is the Theta Chi 'Decline of Western Civilization' shirt from February 29,1992.

So if that's the crap I actually wear, then what is the stuff just taking up space? It's too small, too big or a hopelessly ugly gift. Dates on shirts, tacky, who? Why don't I throw out some of the spacing sucking clothes? The truth? Too much work. It's gotten to the point that anything new I buy I hang in the closet. Um, yeah, the closet, we'll save that for a whole 'nother confession.

Now it's your turn. Do you have a classy clothes collection? Or laundry everywhere but where it belongs? Come on fess up people. Don't leave me hanging.


Ummm...yeah...all of our dated shirts, mainly from our formerr college days, still remain in a stack in our closet...hubby wears them...out of the house...I know you have seen them...and when the girls run out of clean jammies...yes this does happen...they raid the stack...nothing like seeing your four year old running around with a shirt on the has a picture of girls with large boobs drinking beer with a buffalo...don't ask!

July 31, 2008 at 8:27 AM  

I can beat you here, sister -- "TEEN LEADERSHIP 1989" t-shirt. Yes, I still have it. No, I never wear it. Sad thing is, it's like an XXL, from back in the days where I would wear it with leggings and, yes, shoulder pads. Oh, and with the sleeves rolled up. That, my dear, is some good stuff!

July 31, 2008 at 9:45 AM  

I have a pair of umbro shorts from high school. That was long ago, in a distant time. I only wear them to sleep. (OK, and to the pool, but that doesn't count)

July 31, 2008 at 10:04 AM  

heck, I pretty much just keep pulling the same items out of the clean laundry pile--I have no idea what is in the drawers or closet!

July 31, 2008 at 12:06 PM  

I have a Mother's Day nightshirt from 1990--I think that's as far back as I go.

I'm pretty good about the purging of the clothes, but way better with the kids than myself.

July 31, 2008 at 12:26 PM  

omg, yes...yesyesyes. If only you could see the chair in my bedroom...but that's ONE thing I'll never take a picture of LMAO!

The oldest t-shirt I have is from 1981...doesn't fit, pretty holey, but I'll never get rid of it. It's from a club I used to frequent (and by frequent I mean I went every Thur-Sat, sometimes Wed, sometimes Sun) in the early 80s.

I'm visiting from Stephanie's!

July 31, 2008 at 12:28 PM  

My classy clothes are my sleep boxers that are too big for me and have a HUGE butt. There is way too much fabric in the backside of each of these pairs, and I only wear them for sleep. Why? Because they are SOOO comfortable. Plenty of room. No bunching or cutting off circulation to certain parts. They're almost like wearing nothing at all.

July 31, 2008 at 2:12 PM  

Last night The Man was sorting through the laundry that I had washed and dried and was still sitting on the living room couch in baskets (we never use that room, what the heck?) and had been for at least a week.

He remarked that I have an incredibly large collection of sweat pants and shorts. They filled up an entire basket. Perhaps I have a frump problem.

July 31, 2008 at 3:46 PM  

Remember when I told you we cleaned out the closet and drawers and got 10 LARGE GARBAGE BAGS FULL!!!! Scott has a T-shirt fetish and still has a lot he needs to get rid of.

I say there's something not quite right when a man has more clothes than a woman....

New rule in our house. You buy something, you throw out something.

July 31, 2008 at 4:21 PM  

Well there is a delicate balance between what is clean and put away, clean and needing to be put away, and what is in the hamper waiting to be washed. Too much in any spot upsets the balance. Never upset the balance...

July 31, 2008 at 7:55 PM  

ugh. I couldn't take my laundry secrets anymore. This summer i pulled out everything in my dresser that didn't fit any longer and took it ThriftKo. Then i took all of our winter coats (seriously, FLORIDA people) and packed them away in boxes and they're now in the garage - probably roach infested. But what freedom that gave me. I know, i'm weird that way.

October 24, 2008 at 3:59 PM  

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