After making two big moves in the last two years we decided it would be best if we could lighten our load a little before our next move, whenever that might be. And thus began a project which I have cursed more than once in the past six weeks.
It seemed like a manageable sized project. I decided to try and sell our old baby clothes. We had a dozen large bins of outgrown clothes that we’ve been toting around and that equals a lot of and bulk that has to go on a moving truck. Â I figured I’d organize the clothes, give them a quick wash to freshen them up and post a listing on craigslist. Weight
Welcome to Operation Timesuck.
Step 1: Locate and unpack boxes of outgrown clothes. Assume they are basically organized by size as you labelled the containers meticulously when packing them up.
Step 2: Realize your error as size categories are totally inconsistent. Question the difference between size 6 months, size 6-9 months and size 6-12 months and why two shirts in the same size are dramatically different in size. Curse the lack of a universal sizing system to force clothing manufacturers to assure consumers some tiny bit of uniformity from brand to brand. Spend hours days sorting and resorting until you have 10 clear size categories divided into 2 lots each of summer and winter clothing.
Step 3: Get a little weepy and nostalgic over tiny outfits and the memories associated with them…
…and ruthlessly throw everything into the bins but a very few select items to keep.
Step 4: Decide the clothes are more likely to sell on craigslist if you have pictures of them. Start photographing.Â
Step 5: Realize the clothes really need to be ironed in order to appear decent in the pictures. Pull out the iron and dig in.
Step 6: Realize your iron is not working properly about ten minutes in.
Step 7: Eventually get around to replacing iron.
Step 8: Realize that spending money on a new iron is exactly as glamorous as it sounds.Â
Step 9: Spend hours days weeks months ironing. Realize half way through that this project is a hell of a lot more work than you anticipated.
Step 10: Alternate between ignoring and bitching about the bins of clothes cluttering up your kitchen.
Step 11: FINALLY finish the process of organizing, sorting, washing, ironing and photographing. Proceed to post ad on craigslist. Wait anxiously for responses.
Step 12: Wait some more.
Step 13: Astonished by the deafening virtual silence, spend some time re-examining your strategy and prices.Â
Step 14: Alternate between ignoring and bitching about the fact that there are 20 bags of clothes in your kitchen on which you have wasted hours and hours of time and energy and have not made a single penny. In fact, you have lost money because of the new iron.
Step 15: Have your husband move said bags back down to the garage where they came from.Â
Step 16: Drown your sorrows in pre-Easter candy and enjoy your clean kitchen. Vow to rework this project again. At some point. In the future. Because you need a break. Again.