Friday, November 7, 2008

After All That I Still Hate 90% of What's in There

On Sunday I finally tackled one of the many projects on my to-do list. Frankly, I have the Rescue Mission to thank for this because if it wasn't for their phone call to ask if I had anything to donate, these two boxes containing one hundred hangers would still be sitting at the foot of the stairs. Correction: That's TWO projects accomplished.

I've never in my life had a closet full of matching hangers. In fact, most of my hangers consisted of those that came with the garment still attached from the store. Another fact: I did not purchase these hangers nor would I have ever thought to do so because I was ignorant of just how awesome a thing that is. These were a birthday gift from my sister in-law. It's okay that right now you're thinking, and you're still speaking to her? Because I was like, ummm...hangers, thanks? I should never doubt my sister in-law because she has an uncanny ability to choose items that I never even knew I wanted until I had them. She was all, trust me. And now I kinda wanna make out with her.

After discarding about 1/4 of my wardrobe and half of Mr. Farklepants', and simultaneously wondering how it ever managed to all fit in the first place; I can now see every article of clothing that I own. Nothing is shoved or hidden [except for the pieces that are still hanging on random hangers because I totally ran out of the new ones]. Some things I had completely forgotten. Some I'd never worn as evidenced by the price tags still adorning them.

Consensus? I have a lot of damn clothes.

Mr. Farklepants' consensus? He doesn't ever want to hear how I have nothing to wear. Ever again.

Also? I have a great deal of slacks. I can't remember the last time I wore them but I think wherever it was, it involved a job and a paycheck.

Remember earlier in this post how I told you I tackled and finished this project on Sunday? Today is Friday. And this unsightly pile remains on my bathroom floor.

Have you tried to wrangle a mass of tangled hangers? Ain't easy. They're ornery and unruly and completely uncooperative. Guess who has a project for Saturday?

P.S. For any of you Los Angeles based bloggers, Dooce is going to be in LA on Monday. Here are the details for the meet and greet. I'm gonna go, perhaps I'll see you there?

31 comments:

seachange said...

Great show of perseverance, Tootsie!

Yes, I've had many a wrangle with hanger piles. Sometimes they win and sometimes they loose. :-)

Have fun at the Dooce cocktail hour!

Laura said...

Oooh, I hate those tangled hangers! And exactly how do you get rid of your husband's clothes without him knowing? The one thing I would give to Goodwill would be the one thing he would look for the next day!

texasholly said...

Wow. The matching hanger thing really makes your closet look just like Oprah's. I am a little jealous.

Sophie, Inzaburbs said...

You know that mess of tangled up hangers on your floor?
Throw them in a box and send them to me. I see some plastic hangers lurking in there! And what I have, mostly, is wire hangers.
Having said that, my clothes, mostly, don't deserve any better.

MamaMo said...

The weekend chore for the girls and I is to reduce our clothing load SIGNIFICANTLY (we are overrun in hand-me-downs from various sources). Last time we did this (about 4 years ago), we had so much "extra" clothing that 4 friends came and took all they wanted for their kids and I STILL had a van load of clothing to take to the goodwill!!

Burgh Baby said...

Mr. Husband REFUSES to let me get rid of the millions of wire hangers we've acquired from the dry cleaners. So they sit on the floor of our laundry room in a tangled mess not unlike yours. For two years. Obviously, he REALLY needs those damn hangers. Which I may use to hang him one of these days if he doesn't let me get rid of them.

Shania said...

Be very careful. Those hangers will multiply if left alone.

O'Neal (The woman in charge around here) said...

OMG, that is SO a gift I would hump the giver for! Ok, maybe not all like THAT, but I'd be pretty damn excited! Organization is one of the most beautiful things on this earth, and yet one of the hardest things to ever obtain - EVERY Mommy's dream!

At the point of running out (Murphy's Law and stuff) I would have been a frantic blubbering mess on that closet floor furiously dialing 411 for the closest Home Depot or Walmart (which I am EVEN MORE jealous of, I have NO closet, only an enclosed heated GARAGE serving the purpose! Yeah, that's a long story...).

Isn't Christmas just around the corner? Does your SIL read your blog??? *Ahem* ;)

NOW, the REAL question is what to get Miss Awesome SIL for Christmas that could possibly top such a thoughtful *first* gift? Cause not only do they MATCH, but they are all high styl'n with their cute selves and their brilliant ability to make even the most hideous blazer look cute hanging in there!

Oh, and that other pile of tangled cuss word inducing hangers?

A.) Lasso an XL black lawn clipping bag over them throwing your entire body over it & quickly tie it off before any of it escapes.
B.)Reach in carefully placing your hand on one eyed hanger, turn your head and shake violently till they all fly free then pick them up one by one.
C.)Pick up with BOTH hands and place the entire mess into the recycling bin and watch the garbage man fight them peeking out from your window on garbage day.
D.) Assign it as a chore for Mr. Farklepants' Saturday list.

Personally I'd go with D if that is a feasible option round your place. I know it wouldn't around here!

Nicole Feliciano said...

Will you do my house next? I am bursting at the seems with products to review, toys to donate, and clothes that need a new home. Such is the life of a writing momma who works from home.

I've got a bunch of contests to share if you've got a minute to stop by my blog.

One for a $50 Paper Shouts certificate (perfect for the holidays)
http://momtrends.blogspot.com/2008/11/paper-shouts-holiday-card-contest.html

One for an awesome art backpack (good for the girls) from Little Jet Set:
http://momtrends.blogspot.com/2008/11/contest-easy-holiday-travel-with-kids.html

Have a great weekend!

O'Neal (The woman in charge around here) said...

PS - If that is even ALLOWED in the rules & regulations of commenting - cause (as usual!) I SO totally violated the max space allowed for commenting before it turned into illegally blogging on someone else's page...

You DO know the rule of wardrobe purging, don't you? For every 5 pc's you part with you get to replace with 1 spank'n new trendy item!

Just had to make sure you were aware! ;)

Jennifer H said...

I love (LOVE) matching hangers! That's a great gift. Please give your sister-in-law my address.

KD @ A Bit Squirrelly said...

The next time we move I am installing closet systems and wooden hangers. Then I would be happy.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Thanks for explaining--I was wondering where those hangers came from.

Andrea's Sweet Life said...

I've given wooden hangers as gifts more than a few times, and gotten that same response. "Oh. Hangers. You shouldn't have."

Sometimes it's right away, other times it's a year later (because apparently NO BODY likes to replace their hangers) but eventually... I get my big fat thank you.

barbra said...

I would seriously be SO excited if someone gave me 100 wooden hangers! That's something I want but wouldn't buy for myself because it seems like a lot to spend on hangers and I have trouble parting with money.

Jealous!

MelADramatic Mommy said...

I did this too only instead of hangers it was clear boxes for my shoes. They look so nice all lined up in rows. Organization is bliss!

Swirl Girl said...

I like the hangers from 5-7-9 petite stores that have the those little size tags on the top. I replace all my Big,Tall, Fat, and Ugly clothing hangers with those and it makes me feel better.

LI Laura said...

Check this out, especially the last one....

http://www.passiveaggressivenotes.com/2007/10/31/the-your-mother-doesnt-work-here-of-the-hospitality-industry/

Tootsie Farklepants said...

They're everywhere! The photo in my header was taken at a coffee shop in Richmond, VA by my sister last winter.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I cannot abide non-matching hangers. I refuse to let them give me the hangers at the store since I would feel guilty about throwing them away.

Wooden hangers though--that is pretty fancy!

All Adither said...

And I thought I was all swanky with my plastic tubular hangers. Turns out I'm slummin'.

Want wooden now. One more thing to covet. Thank you, Tootsie.

MamaHenClucks said...

I replaced all the kids plastic hangers with nice ones last year. I want wooden hangers for myself, though, so now I'm all envious and jealous and stuff.

Oh yeah, if you have stuff you want to - you know, GIVE AWAY, cause you're all out of space and stuff? I'll totally send you my address. I'm in desperate need of a shopping trip!

Scott-N-Heather said...

I thought I was the only one who despised hangers. Good to know I have company.

Jason said...

Tootise has grown up!

flutter said...

hangers are kinda rude like that, yeah?

The Girl Next Door said...

Thank GOODNESS I get dueling calls every other week or so from either Purple Heart or Value Village asking for stuff - I seriously get rid of a box every other week. HOw sad is that?

ANd hangers? Hate them hate them hate them....

Saucy said...

Okay, matching hangers as a gift? Your SIL is a genius, of that I am sure. I've been on that kick for years but never thought of giving them as a gift to spread my sickness.

Marmarbug said...

I need to do something with my closet. Stat.

The Introvert said...

My husband has a dose of Mommie Dearest in him. In fact, I believe he's actually screamed "NO WIRE HANGERS EVER!!" Oh, and it's in order of color and spaced out boutique-style. Welcome to my world.

JCK said...

Hope you managed to get past the hangers and make it over to Dooce. :)

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