Saturday, March 16, 2013

Surprise Gift and Closet Purge

I wasn't even going to post anything today, but then something exciting happened and why bother having a blog if you don't use it to tell people exciting things, right?  Right.

So this morning our....eccentrically taciturn (ahem) mail carrier woman lady brought us an ENORMOUS box.  Huge.  Larger-than-toddler huge.  And guess what? 
There was no return address on said box.  So we tore it open and found a letter...also without a return address.  Then we discovered that the box was filled with all manner of clothing and jewelry (and even coffee.  In a bag.  The beans.  Not, like, a hot cup of coffee. That would have been a mess) and sundry goodness.

Oh, Anonymous bloggy friend in Dallas, thank you for the unexpected excitement on a Saturday morning!

I bet you didn't anticipate this, but my big girls loved some of the treasures AND are even big enough to wear them.  Can you believe it?  Check out this small sampling:

And do you know what your gift inspired me to finally do?  Clean. Out. My. Closet.  I've been intending and promising and planning but never actually doing the cleaning of the closet as per the instructions of the uber fashionable, totally helpful Mary Boctor of With My Sisters.   Click that link and get convicted, my friends.

I'll semi-wow you with an after picture tomorrow, but here is a bit of the before (but really "during" because I am a bad blogger and forgot to take a photo before I started pulling everything out)...

Are you ready?

It's about to get real up in here, y'all.

Oh yeah.  Lookin' good. you're super jealous of this disaster... (note medicinal beer on nightstand)

Maybe I should buy some more shoes or something?
 In conclusion:

1) Anonymous friend, you totally made our day!

2) Tomorrow, reveal of totally ruthlessly culled closet!  Mary, I hope I do you proud.

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  1. You're doing me proud already, lady!

  2. UD shirt = awesome. Whatever that yellow and colorful thing is, hanging in your closet, I am in love with it. :)

    1. Oooh, that is my all-purpose maxi-dress of stretchy happiness!

  3. AWESOME! Free stuff makes any day a holiday; especially when it's clothes AND coffee. Yay for blog friends!

  4. ...aaand guess who just spent 45 minutes clicking through that extremely informative and addictive website of girlish awesomeness? This girl, that's who! I insisted my husband deliver a verdict on the tint of my veins, but all he gave was "vein-ish.". No help at all! Thanks, Dwija!

  5. Love it! My closet and bed looked EXACTLY like yours just a few days ago! I had been fighting the need to clean out my closet for way too long. It's much better now. I feel like I can breathe. :)

  6. 40 Bags in 40 Days!! (I am SO BEHIND) but I have high hopes for catching up.

    Also, really really awesome awesomeness. Yay for anonymous stuff.

  7. I've been trying to do 40 Bags also, and have cleaned some stuff. But I see I need to do more! I did get rid of two wool blazers that dated back to my working days (16 years ago!!) that I "might" need to wear again someday. HAvn'e seen the light of day since I quit working. I couldn't bear to part with them, I think, because I had spent some $$ on them back in the day. I finally bit the bullet. There's more where that came from, I'm sure! Another idea that a friend came up with that I think is brilliant!! Last year, at the beginning of Lent, she turned ALL her hangers in her closet backwards over the bar. As she would wear an item, it would get turned correctly when she put it back. At the beginning of Lent this year, she pulled everything out of the closet that was still turned the "wrong" way, meaning that she hadn't touched it in a year. I thought it was a great way to identify those pieces.

  8. Oh I would love to get my hands on your closet. Organizing and purging is my drug!

  9. I love getting rid of clothes! It's the best. And luckiy I have very willing family members who will give them good homes.

  10. I have been purging, purging, purging my closet too -- starting last November! Feels so good, although I started to realize that I might need a few new things now. But, I've gotten rid of so much, I think it's okay. I didn't take any "before" pics either, and I so wish I had. It's an on-going process, though, so I don't know when I would take an "after" pic.
    A side note: if you have a H&M near you, they will give you a 15% off coupon for every bag of clothing you donate. But you only can donate two bags at a time. I am donating my stuff all over the place, but I also like to support H&M. They seem to care -- at least a little, and more than most other clothing retailers -- about doing business responsibly.

  11. Send anon donor my address please!!!

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