Transitional Demons

Monday, May 04, 2020

Just as we consider putting away heavy coats and head warmers comes a string of days too cold to be outside without. Yesterday for example, we had periodic sunshine (no coat) and overcast (bundle up). More such weather will hit before summer settles in, when we’ll start jamming heavywear into closets already probably stuffed full.

There’s a lack of closet space in my house where jackets hang on the backs of chairs and over the upstairs bannister. I grit my teeth to jam something into a closet, or to create space for removing an item. I blame homebuilders (mostly men with less clothes than women) for having little respect for space needs in closets.

The exception in my experience was a house long ago with a huge closet in its master bathroom. For sure, my closet was jam packed but held nearly everything–and so convenient! I’d enter that bathroom, fulfill morning rituals and exit fully dressed, ready for the day. I’ll always miss that bathroom with closet.

Fast forward to my current home, larger and ranch style–long, flat, with lots of cabinet spaces, but oddly, few and too-small closets. In the beginning, I ignored inadequate closet space, but my first high-desert winter changed that. I suspect the closet-packed issues began with my part-time job at Costco.

Working in a huge warehouse means being surrounded by impulse items. Costco’s merchandising policy is to move products in and out, regularly and within short periods. Shoppers tend to buy on the spot if they see and like, while it’s available. Most of us working there know what’s immediately available and joke about leaving our paychecks in the store.

The intensity of our winters varies, but always there are extremely cold periods, short or long. Working in Costco teaches its many varieties of cold weather wear. Toward the end of winter heavywears go on sale. After weeks of seeing what’s available as items rotate to on sale, it’s hard to resist purchasing. So, I’ve tons of winter wear, sometimes finding accidental duplicates.

Could over-purchasing not be the most-primary cause for a lack of closet space? Is the villain technological improvements enabling rapidity and quantities of cheaper fabrics and finished clothing? There are many questions about over-purchasing, like does it symbolize something deeper like a basic human impulse to hoard?

Hoarding has been rampant over our six-weeks, or so, of Corvid-19. Newspapers report such as antiseptics, toilet paper, and baking supplies disappearing from shelves. They claim that hoarding makes haywire our traditional supply chains. Oh, sure, let’s blame the problem on consumers instead of leadership and planning (I won’t continue in that direction).

My closets are full. Winter jackets are strewn around. Today it’s chilly outside and lets me stall a resolution to this problem. The best way to correct my spaces is to start discarding. Many pieces I could live without, but oh, deciding which hurts.

Dear Friends: I’m not a hoarder, I’m not a hoarder. Oh dear, am I a hoarder? Diana

2 thoughts on “Transitional Demons

  1. Haha! Living here in MN it’s hard not to want to overcompensate for the COLD winters. We have coats and jackets EVERYWHERE. I’ve got 2 down jackets myself, but maybe a third would be nice? Each kid has at least 2 winter coats as well, one for 25 degrees and below, another that is best suited for 30 and up, and maybe a transitional coat for 20-30 degrees, plus maybe a couple extras 😂
    Of course we put the heavy ones on early in fall, and switch to the “spring” coats at much colder temps after we’ve acclimate to the literal subzero of midwinters here 🥶

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