Packing Away the Summer

On Sunday, I decided that, after a beautiful, warm September, I could ignore the truth no longer: winter was upon us, and it was time to conduct the Great Wardrobe Switchover for the second time this year.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. “Didn’t she just DO that?” And seriously, it really does feel like that, doesn’t it?ย I mean, I know I say this all the time, but this year is passing SO fast, it’s totally freaking me out. For instance, it feels like just a couple of weeks ago I was gleefully packing all of the winter stuff away, and now here it is back again, like a particularly nasty rash:

(To be fair, only the contents of the two plastic coffins boxes are my actual winter clothes. The rest is stuff I’d been clinging on to for years and which is now making its final journey to either the charity store or the rubbishย tip, just as soon as I can get around to organising it.)

What made this whole experience even worse, however, was the fact that when I did pack away all of my winter stuff this spring, I couldn’t help but be struck by how very dull it all was. “God, lookit all this stuff!” I thought, throwing it into the plastic storage boxes I’d bought for that very purpose with gay abandon. “It SUCKS. I’m glad I don’t have to wear this crap again for months!” And then the year somehow got stuck on fast forward, and how here we are again. Gah.

“I ate string this weekend. The contents of these bags would be nothing to me. Rarr!”

The whole “OMG, there is something living in our attic!” saga from earlier this year added a frisson of fear to the whole experience. Every time I opened one of those bags I was terrified I’d find a family of mice, or a severed head or something inside. Instead, I found a bunch of old clothes from the mid 90s that I’d totally forgotten I owned, which was almost as scary, to be completely honest.

Oh, and those plastic storage boxes? THOSE were fun to bring down from the attic.

TERRY: Here, I’ll pass it down to you, you just grab it and lower it to the ground.

ME: Are you kidding? You could fit a BODY in one of those things! There’s no way I can support its weight above my head!

TERRY: Stop being a drama queen! Just take the weight and lower it to the ground.

BOX # 1:ย  CRASH!


Anyway, I dealt with the charity stuff, then I emptied all of the winter stuff out onto the bed, and begun the sad, sad process of packing away the summer:

Buh-bye summer clothes! We barely knew ye…

Buh-bye, really quite frightening evidence of my obsession with polka dots! We, er, well, we really DID get to know ye, didn’t we? Maybe a little bit too well, if the truth be told.

(Also pictured: the duct tape that’s now holding that particular box together.)

And so it begins: winter. The season of my (normally quite vocal) discontent. And I know, I know: some people don’t got no winter, I should be grateful that I have the opportunity to live through months of end of gloomy, freezing, depressing weather. I KNOW. And I do secretly enjoy having a huge clear-out, and feeling all organised afterwards.

I’m getting out my S.A.D lamp RIGHT NOW though…

  • Moni


    I hate the winter, too.
    It’s cold, it’s wet and depressingly dark and grey. Just this morning I had to switch on the lights when I got up, and that was at 9:00 AM!!! It’s not supposed to be that dark in the morning. At all. And it’s not even October yet! *whine*
    Feel hugged, I’m thinking of you! ๐Ÿ™‚

    September 28, 2010
  • “Every time I opened one of those bags I was terrified Iโ€™d find a family of mice, or a severed head or something inside.”

    Oh my. This reminded me of when I worked for a PR agency that handled the press campaigns for a certain well-known wax museum which shall remain nameless for fear of Google Alert super-sleuthing followed by recriminations. In my status as lowly office helper, one of my jobs in my first week was clearing out the stationery cupboard. In which I found a sports holdall containing the severed head of no less than Winston Churchill. The fact that the head was made of wax did not stop me from making an almighty fuss…

    September 28, 2010
  • I’m doing my wardrobe switchover today! To be fair, it’s been sort of happening slowly until the guest room bed is covered in fall clothes I have nowhere to put because I haven’t packed up my spring stuff.

    I’m kind of opposite of you, I much prefer my fall/winter clothes. I love tweeds and fally fabrics, I wear a lot of black, I love my boots and tights. So I get excited for fall. I do get excited for my spring clothes too after a long winter, but objectively I prefer fall/winter ones.

    I do however hate how early it gets dark, puts a real damper on my running schedule.

    September 28, 2010
  • I haven’t made the switch yet. Which is just in theory, since my winter stuff is in the closet in the second bedroom and I’ve been taking all my clothes out of there the last few days.

    I might need a SAD Lamp this year.

    September 28, 2010
  • I also share your hatred of winter. It’s even overlapped into a hatred for fall, because it means winter is COMING. And I’m surrounded by crazy people who just love fall, the foliage, the cooler weather, etc. I really don’t know how much longer I can stand living in New England. People actually tried to convince me how nice fall is today, when all I can think of is the impending doom & gloom for the next 6 months or so, until there’s any hope of seeing spring-like weather around here.

    I’m thinking of actually ordering a SAD lamp too. I can’t tell if you’re really getting one or being sarcastic though, but if you find one you love, please share with your fellow, winter-hating readers. ๐Ÿ™‚

    September 28, 2010
      • We do get nice hot, sunny summers in Boston, but especially in comparison to winter, they’re just too short. We freeze from November through March. April & May are spring. April’s usually very rainy & cold still though. May & June are gorgeous. July & August are hot & humid (80’s & 90’s most days), September’s usually nice, October’s chilly, and then boom! Back to 5 months of freezing. And for my job, I have to walk 10 minutes each way from the train to my office & back, regardless of whether it’s snowy, icy, sleeting, windy or anything else.

        I daydream often of moving to southern California where it’s sunny in the 70’s almost every day…

        September 28, 2010
  • Mhairi


    I have to say that I never do the whole wardrobe swap over, because I don’t have that many clothes to begin with. I normally just add extra layers from the summertime wardrobe to my winter wardrobe so I constantly wear the same things all year round.
    This year however I am having to buy a whole wardrobe as my normal clothes are starting to get too small. This could be the start of the season wardrobes – if David agrees to all the shopping I “need” to do.

    September 28, 2010
  • Leslie


    If you lived here in Virginia, you’d never have to pack away summer clothes. Our weather is so wonky that I haven’t been able to put away winter or summer clothes for about 10 years. I just rotate front to back. Thank God for walk-in closets. You never know when an 80 degree day will show up in December. In and of itself this is not a terrible thing, but it is rather unpredictable. Nothing worse that being stuck somewhere sweltering in a turtleneck on a surprise summery day.

    P.S. Has Ruben “passed” the string yet?

    September 29, 2010
  • Oooh look at the shoooes. What lovely solution to put them on display ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m freezing over here in Germany, too. Nasty weather. And I can’t turn the heating in the living room on ’cause there’s a big old sofa that blocks the way to the knob. (That is too heavy to move. Also: there’s no space to move it anywhere else…) Brr.

    September 29, 2010
  • Sandy


    I don’t have to do a switch over…..I just wear my summer stuff with extra layers! LOL! I couldn’t tuck away any of my things, I think I’d miss them too much!!

    I must admit when I see the weather forecasts now I note that Scotland gets the freezing weather pretty quickly…..I’m more fortunate being on the south coast.

    September 30, 2010
  • Rock Hyrax


    I’m wondering if there are any more “unseasonal” shoes still not packed away… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    October 1, 2010
  • Rach


    I'm one of your avid Aussie readers…and I'm feeling for you. We're just entering our Summer period, and I cannot be happier.I love summer. And we get such a good summer (Sometimes up to 40 degrees C [104 Fareneit])

    So you all have my sympathy. I'd hate to have winter over Christmas…actually having a proper winter at all would be bad. It rarely goes below 5 degrees Celsius where I live (41 Farenheit)

    October 2, 2010
      • Rach


        Summer christmases are the best. We have huge parties with the whole family. Have a bbq, go for a swim, open presents, go for another swim. Dump some unsuspecting person in the pool etc etc.

        October 4, 2010