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  1. We have one of those “trees” in our basement: it is basically a vertical pole with a bunch of pegs at multiple levels in each of the four compass directions. Unfortunately, its feet do not extend far enough outward, so it tends to fall over if the load is not balanced.

  2. This used to be a big production at our house in WI; foldable clothes into the attic; hangable clothes into the basement movable closets. All I have to do here in FL is take out the seasonal clothes (Halloween and Christmas shirts – even the sweaters are too heavy for the so-called winter weather here). Easy Peasy.

  3. I believe that Janis wearing big, bulky sweaters during the colder months is a long running theme in A&J, as is her perpetually feeling cold during the winter months, So her summer clothes get put away to provide quicker access to the winter stuff. Arlo’s wardrobe doesn’t change that much. If it gets cold, he puts on a jacket when goes out.

  4. The only winter clothing I have is various hooded sweatshirts. Mine are draped strategically over certain objects.

  5. Possibly Arlo’s response encapsulates Bill’s headline: whereas Janis has put her winter clothing carefully away at the end of the previous season, Arlo has seeming left his just hanging in the hallway the entire time since last winter. This may be because as Bill alludes, winter doesn’t end cleanly anymore, and we have crazy cold days deep into summer; it may also be that the joke is that Arlo doesn’t have much winter stuff, unlike Janis, and his one coat and whatever can just stay unnoticed in the hallway the entire summer through.
    Either way, I recognize my household in it, where I might eventually cram my winter coat in a closet sometime in July when it’s getting in the way and I want to hang up towels and such in its place, whereas my wife carefully washes and puts away all her winter stuff at the first sign of the first robin of spring.

  6. Arlo’s “winter clothing” is a coat, which is hanging on a coatrack.

    Male wardrobe doesn’t change with the seasons the way female wardrobe does, is the joke.

  7. Winter, at least in the Northeast, we’ve been having enough warm weather in the winter and, to a lesser extent cool weather in the summer, that we really don’t want all of our seasonal clothing to be inaccessible (and of course my wife’s garden is perpetually confused).

  8. This looks so much like my parents – change of seasons means bringing a dozen plastic totes up from the storage closet so Mom can pull out her other-season clothes and put away this season’s. A couple of the totes contain in-between clothes, for when the season hasn’t settled down.
    Dad has one tote, full of clothes he’s outgrown (which lives down there, and gets brought up every couple years for getting rid of stuff he’s never going to fit into again, and putting in stuff that almost fits). Aside from putting his sandals in the closet and his closed shoes on his shoe-rack, and changing from mesh hats to felt and leather ones, he doesn’t change with the seasons (or at least doesn’t put things away).
    I’m in between. I have a back closet and a front one, and I put the linen shirts in the back in winter and the flannel ones in back in the summer. Other than that, I mostly wear the same stuff – t-shirts and jeans, with an overshirt. And sandals and sneakers, but they all live on the floor of my closet and don’t move around with the seasons.

  9. Robert changes from short to long sleeve shirts and vice versa in fall and spring. I used to do it for him and it was nice and organized so when the seasons changed back I could pull out the shirts by whether he wore them for work or not. I guess that no longer matters and he puts on the 3 storage hangers willy nilly and those go in the spare bedroom (aka the teddies room) closet.

    I wear tee shirts all year. If it gets cold in winter – or summer ac – I put on a sweatshirt over the tee shirt. I have two dressier sweatshirts for work in fall/winter and two dressier tee shirts for ditto in spring/summer.

    All our jackets are in the closet by the front door – I have 4 hangers worth – his takes up the rest of the closet. I have a small drawer on the top shelf of the closet with my gloves and rain scarves. He has the other small drawer, two large drawers and stuff stacked on the drawers with his. We have two large plastic bins on the floor of this closet – I have a pair of plastic snow boots and two pairs of hiking boots (one with plastic over it and the other without) the rest of the containers are his assorted boots.

    I can’t complain about the space he takes up though – I mean, it is called the teddies room.

  10. Some people rearrange everything in the house every spring and back again every fall the way the stagehands painstakingly set up the Victorian drawing room for Act I of the play, take it all away for the outdoor Alpine mountain scenery of Act II, and replace the Victorian drawing room all over again for Act III.

    Other people including me leave the house the same all year round. The winter coat is hanging in the closet. Whether I need it in winter to wear it or in summer to take it to the cleaners, I will always find it in the closet. The snow brush is always in the car. A lot of good it would do me in Vermont in December if it’s back home in the basement.

  11. I do rearrange the living and dining room for Christmas season – part of the agreement for Robert to use the living room as his “loom room” is that I get it back for December and into January to decorate for Christmas. Plus there are lots of decorations put out for same – with a bit Chanukah added in.

    The teddy village is suppose to be rearranged seasonally – bears with snow attached to them for example will leave when the spring village is set up and the Koala family (yes I know that they are not real bears) comes to visit in the spring and “go home to Australia” in the fall – this particular family does not like the cold. This year due to major craziness and living with a perverted version of “Ground Hog Day” in our lives, the bears are mostly sitting and standing about as they never were fully changed to spring or summer – although the new ices cart did make its appearance with a long line of cubs waiting for some. Now the line of cubs has moved to the new school building. Presuming I get a couple of hours the Pilgrim and Native American bears will be back with their pumpkin house later this month.

  12. Mark in Boston – we rearrange the house every Christmas season for decorating purposes – including the deal we have – from the end of January to the end of November Robert has a loom room to do his weaving in. From the start of December to the end of January I get the living room back for decorating.

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