The Current State of Affairs

Here in Pennsylvania, it suddenly turned fall this week.  I’ve been putting off buying fall clothes and changing over the closets because it’s been so warm.  After my kids complained about being cold yesterday morning, I decided I couldn’t procrastinate any longer.  So I hauled down from the attic a bin of C’s outgrown fall/winter clothes to sort through and inventory for R.  Turns out she still needs a few things.  That started the ball rolling.

Yesterday I took the girls to an outlet mall in our area to shop for fall clothes.  We struck gold at the Osh Kosh outlet.  In addition to cute clothes and a good sale, they gave me a 20% off coupon to use.  SCORE!  I must have looked pretty desperate as I stood there at the register, laden down with clothes, asking them if there was a promotion going on in the VIP coupon booklet that I left sitting on my kitchen counter at home. 

The salesgirl said that there was a $5 off voucher in the VIP book, but she had a better coupon.  And then she produced the 20% off.  I guess it was in a recent mailer.  So now I’m on the mailing list so I can be sure to leave THOSE coupons at home next time I decide to go shopping.

When I got home yesterday afternoon, I began pulling out the summeriest of the summer clothes to put away, and then I started the whole chore of sorting.  Give away, throw away, save for the next kid, sell on ebay, keep in the drawer for the occasional hot day in November — you get the picture. 

Then I pulled down the fall clothes I had bought ahead and figured out what they still need.  And then there was more sorting.  Some stuff I put in their drawers.  Other stuff will return to storage until it gets colder.

In the end, I had about two dozen different piles of clothes and shoes laying about my upstairs.  This is what is left in my hallway today. 

And this is the state of our bedroom.

As you can see, I still have a ways to go.  I know it doesn’t LOOK organized, but it is.  Really.  Each pile has a very specific purpose.

And did I mention that I’m entertaining tomorrow night?  I’m entertaining tomorrow night.  So now you know, and your life is complete.

So besides cleaning and baking and grocery shopping, I need to find a home for all the piles of clothes laying about.  Which begs the question, what on earth am I doing HERE?