Sunday, 24 July 2011

The Tipping Point


My wardrobe hanging rail fell down this week - not a cheap Ikea or Argos wardrobe but a pole screwed into the wall!  It was timed perfectly to make dressing for my first week at a new job a complete nightmare.  This is after I did some sorting and placed things into vague piles.

The same thing happened to Penny Dreadful not so long ago, which at the time got me worried about it happening to me one day as I could see that my own wardrobe rail was bowing under the strain.  Well those three sale blazers from Zara I brought home with me from my holiday were clearly the tipping point!

There has been a distinct lack of sympathy from loved ones.  Mr V has merely pointed out that nothing of his was hanging on the rail and the other V expressed amazement that it had held out this long and hadn't happened before!

I have been suitably cowed by this into a wardrobe declutter effort which has been long overdue.  Given that this was the result of hanging up mainly summer weight clothing I dread to think what will happen come Autumn when the heavier stuff has to come out of storage.  To face the daunting task ahead I have solicited help from the high priestess of wardrobe organisation Elika Gibbs via Amazon:


I'll let you know how I get on.  But in the meantime off to B&Q!

17 comments:

  1. I know the feeling well! Before you set off for B&Q have a browse on eBay under "shop fittings", I scored four industrial dress rails for less tha £20 last year. x

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  2. That looks like the most fun book to read! I know that having the closet implode is never, ever good (congrats on your new job), but if it led to that book, surely there's something good. :)

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  3. God this has been a constant nightmare of mine all year so I really feel for you Miss V! I would only consider de-cluttering if it meant I could keep everything I have - I prefer the word "reorganise" - you have so many beautiful clothes! Ooh and nice tip from Vix there xo

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  4. Fortunately whoever put in the closet rails at my house knew what they were doing -- these suckers are INDUSTRIAL. I remember seeing inside the closet of the last woman who lived here when she was showing the house, and she had them all packed probably half again as full as mine -- I don't know where her husband even put his stuff.

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  5. Oh no!!! My rubbish Ikea wardrobes look as if they will fall apart at any moment. As yet, they are still holding together!! Just. That's even after I did a wardrobe detox earlier in the year!!

    Looking forward to hearing about the book and your declutter :)

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  6. Oh, I was organizing my closet this afternoon and noticed a quiver in my closet rod too. I wonder if the rod you have just doesn't need more support in the center. Looks to me like it spans a considerable distance OR you could substitute PIPE for the rod. In any event, good luck with the organizing.

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  7. You should try visiting a clothing exchange again with the stuff you edit out and turn it into a pair of amazing shoes, which will be far lighter and take up a lot less space! Good luck xx

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  8. Oh dear - perhaps you need stronger screws! xx

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  9. good luck! my wardrobe is full to burst as well, but for now regular firefighting/donating of a few items lets me get along without a major crisis! I'm just not a minimal person!

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  10. Oh goodness! Looks like you need to move to that built in wardrobe phase of life.

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  11. Dibs on discarded stuff! :-D

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  12. My sympathies! But I believe you can do it - purge your closet! ;)

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  13. Oh, domestic disasters are so frustrating! Good luck re-organising/streamlining. xx

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  14. Oh no! The pile of clothes on the floor made me laugh (sorry!) because I know I would be cussing up a storm if this happened to me. I know you will now laugh and find this pathetic and sad, but one New Year's Eve a few years ago when I didn't go out and the kids were in bed I drank some champagne (yum), listened to music (lots of Madonna and old Depeche Mode; I can't help it, I'm a child of the 80's) and cleaned out my closet. In between little bursts of dancing I got rid of a lot of stuff from before I had kids and also tossed anything I hadn't worn in the previous year. I woke up the next day with a slight hangover but my God my closet was clean and it was the first day of a new year! Let me know if you try a similar approach! In any event, I can't wait to read your review of the book.

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  15. Oh, my genuine condolances) I know how you feel - my wardrobe is still holding up, but I'm always scared that hanging rails are gonna crash on me, especially the one with tops, shirts and jackets.

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  16. Thanks for all your sympathy ladies!

    @Vix - B&Q were useless - am monitoring ebay and yes @Cynthia - Industrial Strength steel babies is what I need too!

    @Pull Your Socks Up - "reorganise" - Diedre I like your thinking!

    @Courtney - what I would do for a walk in wardrobe!!

    @jill815 - tee hee - I'm going to try it with a bottle of red wine and The Cure.

    @Terri - I think it WAS pipe!

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