Pyjama Crisis

I am starting to worry about my pyjama situation.

My pyjamas live in a drawer in my bedroom, neatly folded, and accessed in strict rotation. The idea is that they will be worn evenly, and the oldest of them will fall apart and be removed from the pile at periodic intervals.

I don’t generally buy pyjamas. That is to say, I buy them for Kevin, because nobody else does, but I haven’t needed to buy my own for many years. They usually materialise among my Christmas presents – last year it was my mother, this year it was my mother-in-law.

I have become faintly aware over the last couple of years, that fitting the pyjamas into the drawer is becoming increasingly difficult. Also, once they are in, the tightness of the squeeze is causing the neat pile to become upset, and the strictness of my wearing rotation is starting to be affected.

The thought that has only occurred to me this week, however, is that I may, now, have crossed a line of no return. I now have so many pairs of pyjamas squashed into my drawer, that the rate of wearing out has dropped to untenable levels. And if I can’t throw away at least ONE pair in the next eleven and a half months, where on earth will I put next Christmas’s pyjamas? I am not like the children. I don’t grow out of them. None are in good enough condition to give away, but none are in BAD enough condition to throw out. Whatever am I going to do?

That was a little insight into the workings of my mind. Doesn’t it explain a lot?

12 thoughts on “Pyjama Crisis

    1. Dad, I love that you’re trying to solve the problem. I can guarantee that everyone else who reads this will just be shaking their head, and telling me to get a grip. 🙂

  1. Wear the two most worn pairs alternately in the hope you’ll wear them out by next Christmas? We have a charity shop that takes worn out clothes and sells them as rag, so I don’t throw out anything fabric any more.

    1. Focussing on two pairs IS an idea. Problem would be my natural desire to wear the new ones, in tension with the truth that wearing the oldest ones will solve the problem faster.

      I think I’m probably psyching myself up for getting rid of some… 😯

  2. Hello, my lovely if slightly mad friend 🙂

    I know you will do your own thing but here is what I would do 🙂

    Decide how many pairs I need. It would be two or three for normal use (I get by with two now) and then another if I needed thick camping ones.

    I would choose my favourite ones to that number. Any extra I would either re-use the fabric to make dolls clothes or blankets etc or give to the nearest charity shop.

    Let us know how you solve the problem!

    PS deliberately not wearing the nicest or the newest is a silly way of punishing yourself 😉 They are presents to enjoy!

  3. Good news Ruth,

    I’m a self-trained and certified Pajama Reducing Agent (PRA), and a member of the PRA Union I have excellent rates and can reduce most pyjama collections in less than 20 seconds. I also provide pre and post pyjama reduction counselling sessions.

    All reduced pyjamas are sent to good homes where they will be cared for and nurtured, except for flannel pyjamas which are donated to east European orphanages, where they provide an excellent source of fibre.

    I have three PRA appointments tomorrow, (Christmas is a busy time) but could fit you in the next day, would be happy to offer you a 25% ‘slightly bonkers’ discount. Just shout if I can help.

    Warmly, Steve

  4. If you told people what you want for Christmas and birthday they’ll stop buying PJs out of a lack of ideas! Maybe 🙂

    1. I’m not objecting to the new pyjamas! I like new pyjamas! If anything, I’m objecting to how the old pyjamas seem to last.

  5. How about select the oldest 2 pairs and the newest 2 pairs and then rote them. That way you will get the benefit of the new ones whilst wearing the older ones out quicker.

    Another handy hint.
    On cold nights wear 2 pairs then they will be worn out quicker…

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