They say you can’t be too rich or too thin….

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But what I discovered after 4 hours of closet cleaning?

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Is that you can definitely have too many jeans and slacks.

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I tried on 47 pairs…

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Filled 3 garbage bags….

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And narrowed it down to 4 piles. ( On the far left? Fit, but would look better if I lost 10 lbs Yes, I’m keeping them. Don’t judge. )

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There.

That’s better.

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28 thoughts on “They say you can’t be too rich or too thin….”

      1. I would go for the larger house. I’m that crazy lol. But then again, I also started to use those vacuum bag things. You stuff it with 800 lbs of clothes you can’t fit into, suck all the air out of it, and store it. My ex got on me about having so much stuff that the stuff that actually fit us couldn’t fit. I ran to the store, pulled out everything I hadn’t seen us wear in over two years (I went longer than average because it was really crammed in there), and while he was at work, vacuum sealed everything. He came back and he was shocked that I actually did it. Then he asked me why our giant travel suitcase was out. I said I just had to move it to get to stuff. But I can’t lie to him so he knew. He said “what’s in there?” I told him everything. He opened it and said “well, that’s clever. Now good will can get 8 times as much stuff and it’s only one trip for me”. NO!!!! Omg, I put them into our storage unit. He went through his closet and tried on what I left behind and some didn’t fit him. He put them into trashbags to donate, then fell asleep while I was trying on what was left on my end. I vacuum sealed them and put them into the storage unit and he didn’t ask any questions. He didn’t think about any of it again until Christmas. I accidentally put it all in front of the Christmas decorations instead of moving the decorations first. Yeah. He just got the decorations then came back and said “you realize we have an entire Walmart in there in vacuum sealed bags…” I said that the vacuum went crazy and just started vacuum sealing everything! He just shook his head. But I do swear by those things. I’d you get the good ones. The crappy ones pop as you’re removing the air. The good ones literally smoosh like 800 tons of clothes as flat as a pancake. I also do pillows, sheets, towels and blankets like that. I wash pillows for guests (for me I just get a new one every year because it’s used all the time) after they leave so they’re always fresh. I do the same for the towels, sheets, and blankets for the guest room. Instead of keeping the bed made for when someone stays over, I put all of the stuff into a vacuum sealed bag. I had – I don’t live in the house anymore and I don’t have over night guests here yet- 4 bags. 1 has 4 towels, sheets, blanket and pillows for summer time and a mattress cover, 1 has same for winter, the third is just extra pillows and 4th is 2 thin blankets. All together they take up about a quarter of the space that just the two blankets folded would take. I also keep an air mattress in another with a set of sheets that fit it, a mattress cover, pillows, a blanket and one towel (not the plug though). If a guest comes and I knew about it, I would take out the bag (summer or winter) and make the bed and they had 4 towels for hair and body or whatever. If they needed another blanket for whatever reason, they had a choice of 2. Clean and fluffy pillows, and extra pillows if they wanted them. If they had kids I would take out the air mattress and inflate it, the sheets and pillows that go with it were already in the vacuum bag. And boom, in 5 minutes, you have two beds made, 5 towels at the ready pillows and blankets for everyone and everyone is happy. I also have extra towels for me and ex, so if they needed another towel or two they’d be ready to go too. I don’t have to run all over the house finding extra pillows or sheets or towels or any of it. It’s all there, ready to go, including an extra bed. Right there in the top of the closet of the guest room, taking up less space than 2 folded blankets. When they leave, strip it all down, wash all the bedding and dry it, deflate and wipe down the air mattress, and clean the mattress. Nothing insane. Just a sprinkle of baking soda overnight, vacuum it up in the morning, and put the plastic fitted sheet back on it.

        Doing it this way, if a friend, her husband and two kids suddenly end up staying over your house without pre warning, it takes as long as it takes to fill an air mattress to set them up for the night. Or longer for planned overnights. Clean up takes longer, but it would if it were planned or not. But once it’s cleaned up, and everything is away, you could have 12 dogs and 90 cats jumping all over the room and it would require a quick vacuum before anyone rests their head in the room to avoid allergic reactions. That’s it. No running around changing the sheets or cleaning the beds because your friend from of town is slightly allergic to pet dander (their eyes itch a little if they touch their eyes after petting animal, but eyes swell up if they sleep on a pillow with dander). It’s the same effort you would be putting in to have a regular over night guest, but actually insanely easier. All because of vacuum sealed bags!!

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      2. Also, this is random. If you don’t like the look of a bare bed in your guest room so the plastic sheet kind of turns you off, my friend decorated hers. She put some kind of paint or something on it (her kids did it. May have been sharpie even) and it looks like a blanket on the bed. She also used her old crappy body pillow that had holes in it and put it into a colored plastic pillow case and sealed the end. So plastic covering to keep it all fresh, but it looks made and isn’t. Nothing to wash. She took it a step further. When she goes to donate, she hates taking multiple trips to the drop box and trying to get her bags to fit. So she goes out and spends money (I will never do this, but this is what she does since I showed her the magic of vacuum bags) on the cheapest vacuum bags. They look different from her regular good bags. As they open their seasonal clothing and switch it out, as they find stuff they don’t want anymore or doesn’t fit they put them into one of the cheap bags. She doesn’t vacuum seal it yet, she just sits it up as if it were a laundry bag. Over the whole season (rather than all in one exhausting go), they put more and more into the bag until it’s about to burst and is overflowing into the smaller laundry basket that’s next to it holding it up. Usually it gets filled by the first day the clothes have been given out because they will look through the items as they’re hanging them and just not like certain things (she also has three kids). After three days, she takes it all and empties it out onto her bed (it’s all clean anyway) and then folds it up into the cheap bag to vacuum seal. Usually when folded properly the huge bag she put out that was overflowing is now about half to 3/4 full. Vacuum seals it and keeps it in the back of her closet. That little basket is where they put things as they find them that don’t fit properly. When the basket gets full, she opens the bag and folds and fills it then seals it up again. Then moves it to the basement. Then she gets another of the cheap bags, puts what’s in the little bushel in and it goes for the rest of the season. At the end of the season, she takes everything and folds it and puts it into the bag nicely. Then as everyone is folding their seasonal clothing to get put away she does last call. Anything that they found themselves not wearing over the season for some reason or another (usually they like it in theory but wouldn’t be caught dead in it), has the opportunity to be added to the bag, but they have to give it to her folded. When everything is done, she seals it up and into the basement it goes.

        The older kids will always have less stuff to put in (which is why she does the folding for all of it), because if it’s because it doesn’t fit them it doesn’t mean it won’t fit the smaller ones. She doesn’t donate right away because there are other people she knows with kids who might like to grab some of the stuff in those bags. At the end of 12 months, she puts up a thingie on FB and an app called NextDoor saying she has clothes and to respond if interested by the date she’s going to rid her house of them for good. If people write that they want them, they have to arrange to come see them BEFORE that date. If they can’t make it in that three weeks, then it gets donated. If they can, she makes a little bit of money. There was one year she didn’t donate anything and kept her cheap bags. She got wiped out by two families. An entire years worth of clothes. She made like $30 or something. She used it to get something silly for the house – I think her and the kids went and got an extra weird Christmas ornament or something. But that’s what they do. As a family. Every year that they donate clothes, it’s $5 a bag that her and her husband agreed to. So if the hole bag gets donated, they put $5 aside. If people come and buy stuff from the bag, the money from that gets put aside too. If after the people buy the stuff and it’s only half a bag, they put in $2.50. And after donation day, her and the kids buy an ornament for Christmas with the money and date it. Their entire tree is full of ornaments that reflect donations or hand me downs since she started this. It’s kind of awesome.

        Peripherally about the bags, but interesting (to me anyway) nonetheless. 😉

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      3. I think it’s a Herculean effort lol. I think it’s brilliant, but I can barely part with something I’ll never wear because I hate it. There’s no way I could go around collecting a ton of stuff and then opening the bag repeatedly for other people. I would end up taking it all back lol

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      4. There is def something to be said for not going to Walmart for these things. Go to Amazon. 9,000 votes that equal 1.5 stars is so not going to do what you want it to. 9,000 votes with 4.5 stars, you go right to the lowest written reviews to read. “They don’t work”, “they get holes after 1 week”, “they start getting air after a month”, etc. See how many of them are like that. There will be a huge number of them that are not actually helpful one star reviews “not what I ordered. I thought 20×60 was going to be teeny and i got this huge bag instead” totally doesn’t count. Or the ones like (and yes when I originally got them one of the reviews said something like this) “this is not what I ordered. It claims to vacuum seal, it does not. It’s a lie! When you close it, it stays just as big as it was when it was open. And it has a weird circle right in the middle of the bag which is just ugly. Total waste of money!” Other than a chuckle, totally not a review to skew my opinion. Also, if you’re getting a bad brand, you can tell fairly easily. Put something (anything but not the final product as that takes too long, and nothing sharp obviously), and vacuum seal it. Take a picture of it with your phone. Doesn’t have to be pretty just clear. Leave it for about an hour, or more if you get caught up. When you come back, compare it to the picture. Is it exactly the same? If so, you’re in pretty good shape. If not there’s a defect. Is there a puncture? If nothing obvious, then duct tape is your friend, my friend (or free returns).

        The first set I got was from Walmart on one of those “ooo I wanted to try these!”

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      5. Sorry hit send by accident!

        Got them in one of those moments. Didn’t want to go back to the store, had duct tape. Sucked the air out, flipped the closing part under and duct taped the whole thing to the bottom of the bag (like an envelope), duct taped the corners because that’s always the weakest link, sucked the air out as far as it would go and slapped some duct tape over the vacuum hole. Not a lot just enough to go over the plastic square around the circle. Was able to reuse those bags for over a year with opening and closing them pretty constantly as it was my test. I kept my sheets I use in them so every time it was time to strip the bed and was sheets, i took out all the sets of sheets in the bag and put the clean ones I just washed in the back, put all the others back in, in order, then sealed it back up. It’s the best way.

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  1. My partner has two pairs of jeans, two pairs of sweats, and no slacks. I have one pair of jeans I wear January to March, and two pairs of jean shorts for the rest of the year. You folks would envy our closets.

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