My shoes and purses have been piled, examined, tried on, cleaned, and,in the case of shoes, weeded out a bit. I have found that I am pretty happy with the choices that I have made in the past for these items. I only have one pair of "what the hell was I thinking" shoes and they make me laugh so I am keeping them. I may show a picture of them later on.
BONES AND HEAD
I have a great storage system for my purses (off season bags are kept in fabric boxes, stuffed with tissue -with tissue in between the bags.) I keep my in season bags out on a shelf in my closet. They are pretty evenly divided between winter and summer now, so it works out well. My shoes are kept in those hanging shoe bags- linen also so they breath and the hanger can been washed if needed. My in season shoes are kept in my laundry room area, my off season shoes are in my downstairs sewing room. Again, they are evenly divided between winter and summer so space isn't an issue. I clean my shoes or bags whenever they need it so this was unneeded during this cure phase.
Ok, here is the difficult piece. After reading others comments it appears it's hard for others too.
My Status Symbol, or how I wish to be viewed by others. That's hard for me because of the change in my life. When I was working I wanted to be seen as smart, competent and a leader- because that's what I did. For the past 20 years I have told people what to do, when to do it, how to dress, what to buy- you name it. So I had to walk the talk so to speak. Now, I stay at home and take care of my son. I still want to be seen as smart and competent (and not so much the Brittney Spears model of motherhood) but also a little more fun. That I can drop everything and go to the park or pull out the watercolors and playdoh, because that is my reality now. I also have the whole complex of not having a "real job" anymore. I know that I have an important job- and I chose to stay home. It was a drastic pay cut, but worth it in the end I think. But I have a lot of people asking me when will I go back to work, like this has been a vacation of some sort, instead of what it is, the hardest job I have ever done before.
How does my wardrobe relate to my status symbol- I don't think it does really. I think it's sloppy and not pulled together enough. I have the washable part down, but that's about it.
Whenever I see someone on one of those "How do I look" shows and they have these outfits for say at home mothers I laugh my ass off. But, I come from a place where PJ bottoms are acceptable dress for anyone and everyone going to town, maybe my views are a little jaded now.
Conversation starter apparel-
NO. People ask me about my handbags, my jewelry, and my hair of all things. Being stopped in the grocery store and asked who cuts my hair is not my idea of a good time. I don't mind sharing with people I know ,but total strangers kind of creepy me out. (not you people I feel I kinda know all of you)
So that is all I have now. I have to start planning my Thanksgiving Feast now. Everyone have a great holiday!