Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Why do I keep this crap, anyway?

Yesterday afternoon, I started going through my closets and found tons of shit that I really should have gotten rid of ages ago, but insist on moving with me from place to place. I got rid of 1 huge garbage sack of clothes, 2 Nordstrom bags of garbage, and packed 1 whole box of clothes that will not be worn before we move, and probably not even after we move.

Since having 2 additional children 10 1/2 months apart almost 4 years ago, my body has given me the big old "fuck off" and it decided to stay exactly where it was on weight. And having all 3 children c-section has done wonders for my stomach, you know. The best thing I can say is at least they just re-opened the same scar over and over again, and of course, I have 3 beautiful children to show for it.

Anyway, I packed a pair of size 4 Abercrombie & Fitch jeans that I can honestly say, I have no chance of ever wearing again. Even if I ever get to that size again, my baby jello belly would never allow the buttons to close. I also packed a dress I got in Hawaii for a Luau, when I was 18 and a size 0. Again, why have I dragged this with me over the years? And why do I continue to hang it up in every closet. If I'm keeping it for the memories, why can't it go in a box? Who knows. For some reason, my wedding dress from my first marriage also keeps getting moved with us. I just don't know what to do with it. I spent a lot of money on that dress, it just feels weird to just ditch it at a women's shelter or the Goodwill. I'm not crafty, so I can't make something else out of it, either. Anyone have any ideas? Honestly, I packed a whole box of shit like this. I mean, I am working at losing weight, and I think I've finally committed myself to doing it, but am I ever going to be a size 0 again? Probably not. I don't think I'd want to, either.

I also went through the kids crap, and man, I need to stop feeding them or something. I just went through their clothes at the beginning of the summer, and I still got a garbage sack of clothes out of their rooms, too. Today, I am going to pack the stuff they won't be wearing anytime soon, too. Like sweaters, sweatshirts, track pants, and winter coats. We also need to get their toys down to one bin a piece. Right now, Kenzie has a bin for dress-up clothes, a bin for her kitchen food and appliances, and a bin for all her other toys. Plus she has a 3' by 3' castle in her room, her chair, and a kitchen. The girl has too much crap. The boys have 3 bins, a computer desk, computer, t.v. and VCR, and a couple of chairs in their room. Do kids really need all this shit? We have only lived in our condo for 8 months, and before we moved, I went through all their toys and got rid of tons of them. How did they get back to where they were before we moved? I can answer that, actually.

My mother.

The woman won't stop buying them crap, I mean, stuff. And once we are up there, it is going to be worse. But at least I can make her keep it at her house. She is already looking for a toy box to keep at her house for them. Kenzie is going to end up with 5 because my mom can't say no to her. Ever. She just has to say "Nanna, I really want this." and then she'll wrap her chubby little arms around Nanna's leg or neck, and she gets it. My mom should buy stock in Target and Toys'R'Us so that she can earn some of her money back.

Anyway, I need to get dressed, feed the kids, and go on a hunt for boxes.

19 comments:

Jenny! said...

Oh, I am such a throw awayer! Don will ask me where his such and such is...I probably threw it away is the answer. I am the opposite of pack-rat! Moving sounds like a blast!

minijonb said...

I'm a big ol' pack rat. But as George Carlin once said, "a house is just a place for your stuff."

M-M-M-Mishy said...

My Nanna was a pushover for her grandkids as well. Drove my mom crazy. Circle of life and all that jazz.

Christie said...

Jenny: You should be proud of me, between my son's desk and mine, we've thrown away another garbage sack.

minjonb: I really don't want to be a pack rat, but I spent a lot of money on those clothes. I would never spend $80 on a pair of jeans now.

Mishy: My mom always said she was going to do this when we had kids,I just didn't take her that seriously. My bad.

Mighty Dyckerson said...

THREE c-sections?? Christ, why don't you just have a zipper installed??!

Christie said...

Dyck: The first was an emergency, so they tore my shit open fast. The other 2 were planned because my husband weighed more than 10 lbs. and was over 24" long when he was born. I'm not pushing that shit out of me, that would just be crazy!

captain corky said...

Christie, I had a friend help me go through all of my shit, and she was very firm about making me throw away shit that I haven't worn in 10 years. You need a friend who will give you some tough love too. ;)

random moments said...

Throwing out stuff is like cleansing yourself. I always feel so good after doing it.

I'm with you though on keeping some old stuff - I still have a few prom dresses because there are so many memories attached.

Marcia said...

Pathetically? Even though I have thrown away bags and bags of stuff in preparation for my move, I still have my sophomore year prom dress. Which I wore last year to a formal party at the law school. Matt makes fun of me, especially since I call my formals 'prom dresses' and I'm 26, but still...

I'm trying to think of something to do with your wedding dress. What's it like? Pretty lace or beading that can be cut off and put on couch pillows?

Also, you are so much more on top of things than I am. I move in 6 days and you've probably packed more than I have.

Christie said...

Corky: I don't have anything older than than 9 years (wedding dress)except the Luau dress. But I promise, I'll put it in my Life Box.

Random Moments: I let a friend of mine borrow all of my prom dresses for her daughter, and then the bitch moved and took them all. I was pissed. I always feel much better when I throw stuff out, but I always manage to get more stuff. The cycle is killing me.

Marcia: The wedding dress is kinda lacy with beads on top, and then very plain on the bottom. I did give away the veil to my cousin finally. I liked that more than the dress. As for packing, I packed the kids games and the photo albums yesterday but that and the clothes is as far as I've gotten.

Ryan said...

What the? Size 0? How is that possible? Does that mean you were two dimensional?

It's hard to throw things away. I still have clothes from when i was in high school. They weren't in style then I don't know why i think they will be sometime in the future

Christie said...

Ryan: I was one step up from the kids department back then. And I don't think jean shorts have ever been in style.

Crankyputz said...

I think throwing away stuff is like cleansing ones soul....go ahead, cleanse ones soul..

Toryssa said...

Kids aquire things at an alarming rate. And they don't give a shit about any of it. Well, mine at least. I try to threaten him with throwing it/giving it away, if he won't pick up after himself... and he says something like, "Whatever." Or if he's feeling generous, "Yeah, lets take it to Goodwill. There are a lot of kids that don't have as many toys as I do!"

Drives me nuts. I'm pretty sure I could get rid of every single thing he has, and it would be completely restocked in a matter of months. In the mean time, he'd just play with mud and sticks and be perfectly happy.

Yoda said...

I throw away stuff ALL the time! And the fact that so far my life has consisted of so many moves, that junk just keeps on getting left behind. When you're too tired and stressed out, you'll realize just how quickly you'll take only the bare necessities and move on with life!

Losing weight is good, but a little flesh never harmed anyone! From what I've heard, fitness is the key measure not only weight!

Yoda said...

3-C sections??? OMG. Hats off! You are one hell of a trooper!

Christie said...

Crankyputz: I must tell all of you that I have moved 23 times since I graduated highschool. 23 times. I've gone through my shit tons of times. I just keep getting more.

Toryssa: I threaten to take it away, I do, my mom buys them more shit. It's an endless cycle.

Yoda: No, no trooper, just not nuts. I don't do pain.

Jenny! said...

I will work on your 5 questions!

honkeie2 said...

I just moved and I now know what crap I have collected...ebay here we come!