Dealing With My Winter Demons – Where Have All the Jackets and Boots Gone??

Posted by Nads on November 20, 2013

my shoe pillow

my sister gave me this pillow when I was 16 and it has defined my existence – maybe I can just blame her for my obsession


This is not a nightmare.  This is an absolutely, 100% fact filled post of my current reality.  Pinky swear.

It’s fall.  Almost winter, really.

And what is making me dizzy dizzy dizzy is an intense need to fill up my closet with new jackets and new boots.  Why is there all this room in my closets you might ask?  Well, I made a rather calculated decision a couple of months back to store up 3/4 of my house with the intention of staging it.  What I did not anticipate, in a zillion years, is that while I slaved to fill up 3 pods of boxes in thirty degree heat during the wonderful summer months is that we would not be able to find a house to buy.  (I will leave that for another post, probably a 3 part series seeing as it’s been about 4 months,.)

I am not ashamed to say I am a full on jacket and boot SL_T.  I may not be ready to go full on potty, but I will say that four letter word describes my relationship with those items PERFECTLY!!!  So while I had no issue packing up boxes of boots and coats cuz I was so damn sure we would be getting ready to settle in to a new abode come November, I am now stuck with empty closets and only 2 (well maybe 4) pairs of boots to deal with.  As the days of dwindling temperatures and the odd snowflake are upon us, I am in pure panic and winter ware withdrawal.  My cold appropriate wardrobe is enjoying a climate controlled vacation and is only accessible at $150 bux a visit.

Now I will confess to a little secret.  Well not so little if you knew me and were around while I was packing up all those boxes.  One very popular subject that was belabored over and over and yes over again, was my obsession with shoes as well as a couple of other things.  The few people in my inner circle that were actually allowed to help me pack all my stuff were a little gobsmacked at the number of boots I had, for instance.  (If I’m being really honest also falling into this category were the number of kitchen gadgets, china, serving ware and craft related items I possessed.  Clothes too.  Specialty soaps from hotels, you get the idea, and yes, there have been a couple of interventions.)

So now as I begin to itch and twitch to get my winter fashion on, I find myself in a bit of a pickle.

What is this now?  Some karmic test of wills?  A sick joke from the universe?  Winter is here and I got nothin’.  Do I bite it and buy more?  There are literally a team of people waiting to jump me should I bring one more bag of newly bought anything into this house.

Well as I ponder my conundrum, I sit and surf the net and vicariously experience some beautiful fashion porn from a couple of my all time favorite places.  Here are a couple of videos that have captured my obsession.

Bring some tissue  to wipe the drool and possibly dab away at a few tears of unabashed longing and a glass of wine to dull the pain.

Did I say intervention?  I’ll have to let you know how I do over the coming weeks – maybe we should start a betting pool to see just how long I can go without.








23 Responses to “Dealing With My Winter Demons – Where Have All the Jackets and Boots Gone??”

  1. Ohhhh shoes. My weakness. I would love to help you.. but, alas, I am right there with you 😛

  2. Ahem, if you labeled your boxes wouldn’t you be able to bring them in the place and swap them for the not-so-wintery shoes and clothes?

    Where I live is tiny (hello expensive real state in Vancouver), and I am by nature frugal, and organized… so I am either lean on my purchases or savvy with my given space.

    So, I suggest bring in your toys, make a party out of it (wine?), go though it and take the other stuff to the storage instead. 🙂

    Do not buy more. 🙂

    • Nads says:

      Nice! I wish you were my neighbor – sounds like you are just the right person to have around when I am having a shoe withdrawal crisis. ANd actually I did label most of the boxes but one of the odd things about shoes and clothes is that they perfectly balance alot of too heavy stuff – so aloth of boxes are mixed with heavy stuff like books and then some shoes – alas I did not label to that detail!!!!Maybe I will just have to deal 🙁

  3. Jenn says:

    LOL! That is too funny. I did that too one year! I was planning on moving so I downsized my kitchen and what not and didn’t end up moving. I couldn’t find anything I needed when baking season began and I was in a pickle like you!!

    • Nads says:

      yes that is one of the biggest things I miss too – all my cooking gear – I did however leave out alot of my gadgets – I knew I could even last a couple of weeks without my everyday cooking stuff – thank goodness – my hubby’s happy though, less stuff and more time for me to cook!

  4. Sandy says:

    LOL! This post made me laugh because I just went through the same thing. Packed up my belongings in spring and didn’t move until mid-fall. In the meantime, do you think I could find all the things I needed for summer and early fall – nope! I must admit…I ended up buying a few things I really didn’t need in the meantime 🙂 Thanks for the laugh!

    • Nads says:

      Your welcome! It’s so funny and not so funny. Oh well, I keep telling myself there has to be a lesson in here somewhere – maybe learning to live with 1/4 of your stuff is some kind of a karmic sign…

  5. Hubby sets a boot limit for me – 1 pair of nice boots, 1 for playing in the snow… that is all I need really… but I still like to window shop!

    • Nads says:

      maybe you’ll have to figure out how to get a couple more in – MOVE! that may be the new impetus to getting more shoes! pack them away, maybe he’ll forget about them? my husband forgets so easily…

  6. Kathleen says:

    I must be the odd one out. I own one pair of running shoes and one pair of winter boots and one pair of crocs. That’s it.

    • Nads says:

      I am in awe – I guess when it comes down to it thats all you really need. Nice that you haven’t fallen into the shoe love trap – lucky!

  7. Chelsea says:

    OMG! The shoe porn! I’m dying over here. Being a stay at home mom I don’t have much need for new shoes but man oh man… I need some! Sorry, I’m an enabler 🙂 buy some because I can’t.

    • Nads says:

      Thanks for the support! I love these comments cuz I feel like they give me subtle permission to get shopping. You should shop too! We can help each other! Even stay at home moms need beautiful shoes to chase after their kids in. 🙂

  8. I live in a fairly mild climate (well, relatively speaking), so I didn’t even own rainboots (on the west coast, I know) until two years ago.

    I don’t have a winter coat or winter boots.

    I mostly live in denial. 😉

    • Nads says:

      Geez – sounds like you live in heaven!!!! We only dream of a winter with no use for boots! Although for me it may actually be sad to live somewhere where I never needed to wear boots – ha ha never really thought of it that way

  9. Jenna Em says:

    I really feel for you! We moved 3 months ago and had everything in boxes as we staged our home. Luckily (as we have 5 kids 3-to-8-years old), I house sold in one day and we moved very quickly. However, we had to hunt through boxes for our winter boots and jackets…and actually somehow lost a king-sized down-filled duvet. Terrible that it’s “$150 bux” per visit…boo!

    • Nads says:

      Jenna! how do you move with FIVE kids and only lose a duvet? You are a miracle worker – alas, the house hunt is dismal and we are moving into winter so actually all my duvets are packed too! It’s gonna be a lean winter – I’m thinking this will be a good test for that theory that you should learn to live with a 1/4 of your things. I smell a blog posting series…..

      • Jenna Em says:

        Nads, this was a pretty massive duvet, hence my dismay. Also, we somehow lost all our knives…stuck into a lazy susan spinning carousel.

        We looked for a house 2.5 years and 3 months after our move I’m still shocked we found anything.

  10. Hmmm, maybe, just maybe you packed your boot lovelies on purpose? Maybe the sickness is so ingrained that you sabotaged yourself? You know how to fix that, right? Shoe/boot therapy… there are amazing and adorable new boots this season! Oh, and the ones that are packed, really are out of date, right?

    ~ Laurie AKA The Enabler!

    • Nads says:

      OMG – your like a boot psychology savant! I love this philosophy – right up my alley – thank you for your support!!! I will let you know how my therapy goes…. lol

  11. Alicia says:

    Love this! My hubby always says one pair of boots in means one pair of boots out!!

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