Back in October last year I started to write about de-cluttering and one of my first references was to my ties. (Look up “Clutterhead” in the Archive for October 2010 to see the post ). My attachment to my many ties was tied up in the memories they brought back. As a result, I didn’t actually throw away any of my beloved ties, rather, I just tidied them up and put them on a shiny stainless steel rail back in my wardrobe. Mind you they were now arranged in rainbow order, which at least made me feel like I had achieved something.
Unfortunately, the stainless steel hanging rail proved to be a little too slippery and many of my ties were regularly found in a tangled heap on the floor. Alas, five months later and the rainbow order has become a spagetti soup sort of order and makes finding the right tie like a search for a needle in a haystack.
Now for a bit of mental arithmetic :-
- I have about 90 ties in all;
- These days I mainly wear them for special occasions — lunches or dinners in the winter —- and then weddings —- or funerals;
- That amounts to about 10 ties have I worn in the last twelve months ;
- At that rate I have enough ties to last me for the next 9 years even if I never wear the same tie again.
- Or if I were to go mad and use them all in a year, I could gate crash loads of weddings and get myself into 90 wedding photographs with a different tie for each occasion.
- Or I could pay my respects at 100’s of funerals. Nobody knows everybody at a funeral and you only need one black tie.
- Finally as a last hurragh, I could wear a tie to 90 different swanky restaurants and leave a signed tie as a tip for the waiter. In the confusion, he might think I am famous and if I am quick leaving I might get away without paying .
My ties deserve a fitting end.
Has anybody got any better ideas ?
There will be a copy of Walt Hopkins and George Simons’ book — “Seven Ways to Lighten Your Life Before You Kick the Bucket” — for the best ideas on de-cluttering.