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Saturday, November 10, 2012

And it's wearing smaller clothes.

This morning, I was lamenting online the size of my ironing mountain. It had been building for some time (you wouldn't believe me if I said since I came back from holiday five weeks ago, so I won't mention it) and contained a lot of summer clothes.

It also contained things that don't need ironing anyway.

So I got down to sorting through it and folding the non-ironable items and putting them away. And then I looked at what was left and it was still an awful lot.

And then I started to think, hard.

Lots of the stuff in the 'needs ironing' pile was summer clothes from my holiday. It's definitely not summer any more, so I'd normally be ironing them and shoving them in the back of the wardrobe. However they included two skirts and half a dozen blouses that were on the loose side six weeks ago. Also one pair of nearly new black trousers of the falling-off loose persuasion.

I took a deep breath and grabbed destiny with both hands.

I sorted out three piles:

1. things that I can still wear because they are small enough (oh how beautiful that sounds !) and will go under a winter jumper

2. things that are too big now and will be waaay too big come the spring but are still in good enough condition for someone else to wear

3. things in a dangerously embarrassing and knackered condition that I was still wearing because of the difficulty of finding anything I like to replace them. We've all got (ahem!) THAT particular tshirt, right?

Group 1 will get ironed this evening (promise).

Group 2 went to the charity shop at 2pm today, two WHOLE supermarket carrier bags full.

Group 3 went in the charity recycling bin. They recycle the fibres.

My wardrobe is three-quarters empty and I am limp and terrified. What HAVE I done?

If I put weight on now, I'll be going naked.

Don't get your hopes up guys. SparkPeople and I mean business.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JANEDOE12345 11/11/2012 9:01AM

    I made the horrid mistake of keeping all my fat clothes and was back in them in two years. emoticon

Next time I change a size the fat clothes are outta here!

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NEPTUNE1939 11/11/2012 8:47AM

    Winter is a good time clean out the closet as spring time is reserved for fishing - LOL

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KNYAGENYA 11/11/2012 8:46AM


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CICELY360 11/11/2012 8:40AM

  good blog

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BABYBARNEY 11/11/2012 8:39AM

    Iron??? I wear wrinkle matter the size...good for you for clearing out those extra large (now) clothing...there is no excuse to go back so kudoos to getting rid of them...go naked, if you gain....go get some new duds....YOU DESERVE IT!!!!

Keep on keepin on, spark friend!!!

Sandi emoticon

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HIKING-4-ME 11/11/2012 8:35AM


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JOANNHUNT 11/11/2012 8:30AM

    I hear you loud and clear on that one. I gave away 2 huge garbage bags full. I now go to the second hand places and grab clothes to fit me as I thin out and if they are still useable when I do I take them back for someone else to enjoy. These places are free so I'm not spending alot on clothes until I reach my goal. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WILSONWR 11/11/2012 8:22AM

    Great blog! Entertaining and all about success. Keep it up!

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DJSHIP46 11/11/2012 8:21AM

    Way to go emoticon

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OFGREENGABLES 11/11/2012 8:19AM


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LITTLEBJANET 11/11/2012 8:19AM

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POINDEXTRA 11/11/2012 8:17AM

    Congratulations! Now you've got extra incentive to keep up those wonderful long walks that we enjoy after the fact!

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KANDOLAKER 11/11/2012 8:13AM

    How great to make a boring task (ironing) into something. Congrats on your success and for being able to get rid of loose clothing!! Excellent!!

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TRYINGHARD54 11/11/2012 8:03AM

    yippy , way to goooooooooooooo !!

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GRRARRGH 11/11/2012 7:56AM

    DH lost about 100 pounds a few years ago, and that was ne of the first things I told him to do. Get rid of the bigger clothes so,you have no security blanket. Congratulations!!

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BESSHAILE 11/11/2012 7:42AM

Retail Therapy On The Way.


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SHOSHANADP 11/11/2012 7:20AM

    Scary but still a great feeling to get rid of the clothes that are too big. I held off doing it for a while, "just in case", but finally needed the room. Now your wardrobe has room for all the new clothes that you will need to buy for your new body. :)

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CFMOSS 11/11/2012 7:19AM

    Good going; good strategy as usual.

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JERZGURL_NAN 11/11/2012 7:17AM

    what a wonderful way to avoid IRONING - lol :) love it - bravo - you rock!!

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JENGOJENGO 11/11/2012 7:08AM

  There's no going back now! :)

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DUSTMOP2 11/11/2012 7:04AM

  I did the same last summer, got rid of all my big clothes. Guess what I gained 10lbs and can barley squeeze into my smaller clothes. I had to go and by some new next size ups. I only bought a couple pair of jeans in hope that I can get myself motivated!

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MARGARITTM 11/11/2012 6:53AM

    Good for you!

Wow one way to keep from going back is "shut the door behind you" that's a Momism ........ keep going!

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THEIS58 11/11/2012 6:53AM

    Great idea! You'll keep losing & moving forward!

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MAMAHOYT 11/11/2012 6:52AM

    Way to go!!! I really need to do that... Maybe it will help my get out of the comfort zone

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SKYWATCHER6 11/11/2012 6:48AM

  Good for you!

I'm still waiting to fit into all the clothes that I have in my closets! When I do, though, and I will, I am going to toss all the "fat clothes" and be done with them too.

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TORTISE110 11/11/2012 6:43AM

    You are committed! That's what getting rid of big stuff made me and I love it. And smaller clothes take up less room!!! And I have an iron, but it is dusty! emoticon

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EACHMOMENT2 11/11/2012 6:39AM

  You are very brave. I greatly admire your positive attitude and confidence that you now have the habit of a healthy lifestyle for the long run. I have a closet full of clothes in about 5 different sizes because I have yo-yoed for so many years. Since joining spark just over a year ago I did the usual winter bulge of gaining all the summer/fall loss back again. I have worked hard at taking small steps to learn new habits that can become a way of life for me. It is my dream to have one set of clothes in my closet that I wear out because living healthy has become my ordinary no matter what each day brings.

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REGILIEH 11/11/2012 6:37AM

    That's a great way to iron! Loved it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JGRAY76 11/11/2012 6:37AM

    Great job and I hope you get to sort out the clothes that are too big several more times. It feels great!!!

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KELLYPAQ 11/11/2012 6:35AM

    What a good combination, losing weight and helping others. Good for you.

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ALOZEE 11/11/2012 6:08AM

    Oh nooooo!
You may have to go shopping emoticon

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CAM2438 11/11/2012 6:08AM

    Great Blog! I enjoyed reading it. emoticon

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ALOZEE 11/11/2012 6:07AM

    Oh nooooo! You may have to go shopping

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SHEILA1505 11/11/2012 6:04AM

    Love the positive attitude - and well done de-cluttering :)

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MIMIDOT 11/11/2012 5:45AM

    That's a good idea, get rid of your big clothes. You'll never wear them again!
Great blog! Gave me another smile to start my day. Thanks!

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GRAMPIAN 11/11/2012 5:39AM

  emoticon enjoyed the blog.

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SEABREEZE65 11/11/2012 5:36AM

    What a "timely" blog for me.

The "knackered" look, I have mastered.

1) I continue to wear clothing that is less that great because of the difficulty in finding anything I like.
2) When I first lost weight I feared I would gain everything back and so only purchased the minimum necessary.
3) I packed away all of my larger clothes and kept them for a year before giving them away.
4) My closet is pretty bare........

Recently I've decided.... I have got to do something about this. I don't really enjoy shopping and, in the past, have put it off...., but the time has come!!!!

Good luck on replenishing you wardrobe also!

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CSDAYS 11/11/2012 4:27AM

    You are very brave!

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ANIHAKA 11/11/2012 3:58AM

    I know all about ironing I have a constant pile. It would be great to iron as soon as clothes are dry. I too have chucked out a bag of clothes - how satisfying was that. I wish I had time to recycle by doing patchwork quilts or something but that's not to be. I look forward to the report on your walk as I look out at a bright sunshiny day in contrast to last Sunday. Trouble was trains couldn't trust whether they'd be on or not and it takes time to get from a to b to the point the day is swallowed up just traveling to the starting point, doing the walk and getting home.

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TASNIM81 11/11/2012 3:56AM

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MRS.DOYLE 11/11/2012 2:42AM

    A big step but definitely one you won't regret. As for ironing stuff before putting it away.....I stopped doing this years ago when I realised it was getting creased again in the wardrobe.
I just iron stuff now just before I need to wear it. I even find that some items don't need ironing after they have been hanging up for a while. It was a real eye-opener and means I never have those mammoth ironing sessions. Life's too short.

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ESCHLETZ 11/10/2012 11:18PM

    I think there should be a health-law that the weight of all the clothes that you recycle/get rid of should automatically come off your actual body weight too. I know my closet could probably lose me another good 30 - 40 lbs...but then of course that would mean I'd be down a few more sizes and have more clothes to recycle. With in a week I could be down to my ideal weight! emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 11/10/2012 11:10PM

    emoticon You're doing great! And....well....ending up naked, that's a possiblity if you don't get more smaller clothes, LOL!

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 11/10/2012 11:04PM

    Congrats on your achievement!
I am so very proud of you...

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MARYJEANSL 11/10/2012 10:28PM're many steps ahead of me because I never iron anything. In fact, the only reason there are an iron and ironing board in my house is because I do at least occasionally sew and there are always a few wretched seams that need to be pressed flat. Beyond that, you are many, many, many steps ahead of me because you took the time to sort, fold, and get rid of much of your wardrobe. I am still contemplating emptying, sweeping out, and re-organising and -loading my closet full of Halloween decorations. Definitely haven't gotten to the wardrobe yet.

I hope you can find some nice new clothes on sale!! Put some pictures up when you do so I can vicariously admire them. Congratulations!

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JERZGURL_NAN 11/10/2012 10:11PM

    disconcerting, isn't it?

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MICKEYH 11/10/2012 8:14PM

    I like your group 2 and 3. Congrats on cleaning your closet. This is the way to go. You do not have anymore of your bigger clothes to go back to.

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