Piling Up and Pouring Out

Our last home was a 3 story century farm house built in 1915 that had been renovated from top to bottom. Wrap around veranda, 5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, two stair cases, original pine floors and a kitchen you could get lost in. It was our dream house and we sold it. We sold it to move to the Island to be together after 3 years of living as a weekend family while Mister was working in Ottawa.

oldhouse

Our bedroom was a “master suite”, taking up the entire 3rd floor, that included a full 4 piece bath and a walk-in closet that could hold all of my business clothes and shoes. I have a lot of shoes. If you ask Mister he would say “too many shoes” but is there really such a thing as too many shoes?

Answer: No, no there is not.

I have never once regretted selling that house to move to the Island however I do miss the closet and all that it could hold without looking like an Aldo outlet had exploded. Add to the mix of business clothes, heels with delicious pointy toes, boots, bags and my obsessive compulsion to purchase running gear the closet in our new bedroom just can’t can’t keep it contained.

closet

Tuesday I pulled everything out and dumped it on the bed. I purged, I moved all of my business attire to the spare bedroom closet leaving jeans, running gear and hoodies in our bedroom. The closet looks empty and you can kinda sorta see the floor underneath the shoes.

I feel the need to fill it up again, this time with Under Armour pants, shorts, tech shirts, Mizuno’s and compression socks. The Mister thinks I need therapy or a 12 step program.

I think I need retail therapy.

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What are your weaknesses when it comes to buying clothes? Do you have “too many” shoes?

The house is rented and I don’t want to spend a ridiculous amount of money on closet organizers. Suggestions on how to keep it under control and clutter free are very much welcome!

Meet Anita


I am a wife to a retired Army Captain and present day shepherd, a mother to two Big's (20 & 19) and one Little (6) and new to running at the age of 42. I am hopelessly addicted to Starbucks Peppermint Mocha's. My family thinks I am crazy. The voices in my head say they may be right.

5 Thoughts on “Piling Up and Pouring Out

  1. The only shoes I have too many of are running shoes. I retire them after 700 to 800 kilometres, but they’re still in good enough shape for other things… one pair may be for washing the car, another for mowing the lawn, another for work, a pair for the gym. I go through a couple of pair a year, so they’re beginning to pile up. Although, sometimes I remember to donate a pair or two for Africa at the collection table at Ottawa Race Weekend.

    • My Minuzo’s were hitting the 500km mark and my knees were starting to hurt again so I headed downtown to try out the new Sayonara’s. Of course I came home with them :) I had no idea you could donate shoes at Race Weekend, I’ll be gathering up ours to drop off in May.

  2. And as for a weakness when it comes to buying clothes, it’s never a good idea for me to go into the Tommy Outlet at Windsor Crossing by myself when I’m in the area to visit family and do some Christmas shopping.

  3. I have retired shoes at 500km as well. Here is the info regarding shoes for Africa: Your gently used running shoes can benefit refugees in Africa and the poor in our city. Please bring them to Race Registration & Expo to make a difference! Adult and children’s gently used running shoes will be welcomed at the Sole Responsibility booth beside Registration. A toonie is requested with each pair to cover the cost of shipping. Thanks to last year’s runners, 2,500 pairs of gently used running shoes were handed out to refugees in Djibouti, a small country bordered by Somalia and Ethiopia. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) identified the need for shoes in Djibouti, a country which has seen a 36% increase in the number of refugees in the past year. In addition, your shoes helped local high school students participate in track and field, students whose families didn’t have the means to buy proper shoes. Thank you for your contributions! Your running shoes do make a difference! Please bring them to this year’s Race Registration & Expo with a toonie per pair. http://www.soleresponsibility.org

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