If your chimney needed decluttering from all the soot and ash collected from burning wood, whom did you call? Chimney sweeps of course! These nimble chaps swarmed up the chimney chute and cleaned it out for you.
Yeah right! We all know that.
But did you know that if your wardrobe gets cluttered from all sorts of stuff collected from burning money you can call in the ‘Closet sweepers’? Yes really. They’re professionals apparently who swarm into your wardrobe and clean them out for you.
The only difference between these two sweepers (as I see it), is that the former emerges from the chimney his face covered with soot and his pants on fire (okay I exaggerate here) and the latter emerges from the wardrobe, his face covered with a grin and his bank balance on fire – no I do not exaggerate here 🙂
An article I was reading the other day informed me that ‘Closet sweeps’ are all the rage these days and they come at a price obviously. More and more people (so said the article) are hiring professional stylists who not only shop for their clients’ clothes and accessories but also clean out their wardrobes and closets from time to time.
Did you even get it guys?
There are actually people in this world who are:
1. Too busy to shop for their own clothes and stuff. Poor dears! What is this life if full of care you have no time to shop till you drop……. nearly said the Welsh poet W. H. Davies.
2. Too busy to clean out their own wardrobes too!
Well, this world is funny and it takes all types to make it so! 🙂
So if your wardrobe is bursting at the edges and you can’t/won’t or don’t know how to clean it up – simply call in the stylist or the closet sweep!
You fix an appointment with these guys and they”ll spring into action in uniforms and white gloves, open your bulging wardrobes and sift through your pants and frocks, undies and socks and all the other skeletons you may have hidden inside. They then decide what stays and what goes! Brilliant I think! All you have to do is stand back and sign the cheque!
Unlike you and me these guys will not be bound by sentimental attachments, emotional strings, or nostalgic moments when they open a wardrobe. It would be an open and shut case for them!
The more I think about it, the more I’m convinced that these chaps would never approve of my methods; nor my wardrobe for that matter. They would probably go dizzy when they see the stuff I’ve allowed to clutter up my cupboard and hence my life too!
If and when I do decide to clear out my wardrobe I usually wait until that day when I open it and things fall on and around me. And I have no option!
Then I take things out and pile them in the middle of the room, on chairs, on the bed, wherever…… Then the actual sorting happens. This is the toughest part. You cross this stage and there’s no looking back – so say all the books and articles on “How, when and why to declutter.”
But I get stuck right there……
Because those books and articles then advise us to chuck out stuff we haven’t worn in over 6 months. They must be joking right? Because we all know that fashion is like a comet. Something which goes out of fashion now, will be back in orbit years later. Invariably.
So how can I throw out that long wide flared skirt which was all the rage 10 years ago but later went off mode? The husband heaved a sigh of relief when I put it away on the topmost shelf – I reminded him of a Kathakali dancer, he said. But I haven’t yet told him it’s making the rounds again! 🙂
And those bell bottom pants? And ….. the list goes on!
And the stuff goes back into the wardrobe. See? Get my point?