I'm working on the process of packing up my things, sorting through old stuff and selling things off. I have to put all my personal belongings in storage. Which means it will cost me money and that takes away from my travel budget, therefore STUFF HAS GOT TO GO!
I'm getting rid of all the things that just sit in a drawer and I never use like the calculus calculator from high school, or the clip-on-book reading lamp I've never used, a box of stickers I was "Saving for a special occasion" since I was a kid.
I'm taking some jewelry, clothes and shoes to consignment. The closet is getting a major filtering - skinny jeans and fat jeans are going - if you don't fit, I don't want you in my closet (I have weighed the exact same for almost 10 years, I think it's time to part ways).
All those books I bought and haven't read (including one from college that I wrote a paper on that I never read, but always thought it sounded interesting and would get around to it.... well I haven't).
I have some stuffed animals and Barbie's I thought my kids might want some day, but that's still many years away, so time to keep one or two and let go of the rest... Time to move forward.
But you know what I'm keeping? My coat hangers.
I know, it's so random. I have this weird thing - I HATE BUYING COAT HANGERS! I have moved so many times, which means I have bought hangers more times than I like to think about.
And it has become a totally random pet peeve.
I don't like buying hangers. They are expensive. They become invisible and there is no cool gadget or fun feel to them. They are just hangers. A necessary item for the closet, that quickly become forgotten and invisible and there is no avoiding their expense. Believe me, I've shopped around for the best deal (Quality and price). There isn't one.
I've tried the cheap ones - they always break.
No thank you to the metal ones from the dry cleaners - they morph.
I'm not a snob, I don't need fancy wood ones.
I just want a decent hanger for cheap.
But then of course I need a few for pants or items I don't want to wrinkle - so I have to get the kinds with clips which usually are ~$1.25/each.
In the end we're talking $60 for HANGERS. And that's just too much for THAT.
When I move to Madrid, I guarantee you I will have to buy hangers. Ugh.
But I have decided that when I move back to California I will have MY hangers neatly stored away and waiting for me. And those $60 I won't be spending on hangers can go towards something else...
p.s. Duly noted that this is a bratty First World Problem post.