Sunday at my house was spent sorting through boxes and boxes (and more boxes) of clothes in preparation for a yard sale we want to have this summer. Well, also so we can clean out the spare room and I can start using it as an office instead of the dumping ground for boxes and various items it’s been. Josh and I had both decided we were going to be (mostly) ruthless in going through our clothes and getting rid of things we hadn’t worn in some time or that had long since seen their hayday.
Through the course of the day, we gathered over 10 boxes of clothes and a few pairs of shoes. It wasn’t until the end of the day, when I was done with my own clothes and was watching Josh sort through some long-sleeve shirts that the following conversation occurred.
Me: Maybe you should follow the rule, if you haven’t worn it in over a year, it goes.
Josh: *chortling* Be careful what you say, you have lots of things you haven’t worn in over a year.
Me: I’ve been pregnant or carrying around baby-weight for over two years!
Josh: What about all those shoes you didn’t get rid of?
Me: My feet swelled while I was pregnant, I couldn’t wear them either.
Josh: *looking more than doubtful* Sure. But what about before then? You have shoes you’ve only worn a few times, you didn’t get rid of those. I’ll bet you have more than 60 pairs of shoes, you don’t need all of them, do you?
Me: Well shoes are different–
Josh: *eyeroll* Oh sure they are.
Me: They ARE.
Josh: Uh-huh. I believe you *snort*.
What I was trying to make my stubborn husband (he’s such a man) understand is that shoes are different. They can be worn with different outfits, go in and out of style, and don’t need to be worn frequently to be kept, becuase you might only have one or two outfits you wear them with, but if you don’t have the shoes, you can’t wear the outfit. Come on ladies, help me out here!