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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.
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  • v CATHWREN
    Good work. I've been giving clothes away for months now. I had way too many clothes to begin with and eventually it go so nearly nothing in the closet fit. So I got rid of most of it and hauled out my storage chests that had the smaller sizes in them. And the smaller sizes fit! Yay! Plus I have something new/old to wear.

    Keep up the good work and thanks for your entertaining blogs. emoticon
    1386 days ago
  • v 4KWALK
    I wonder why it is so difficult to get rid of those too big clothes. I still have a pile of "too bigs". It is time for me to cut that final bridge off from my old self. I have no intentions of going back so why would I keep those clothes around. You have a lot less to iron now anyway.
    1386 days ago
  • v TREYONE
    Love it!!! Congratulations on sorting through your ironing pile - I have one to go through, but its called my closet!!! Thanks for the inspiration!!! emoticon emoticon
    1386 days ago
  • v SENIMMO
    Good for you! I hope to be doing that this time next year! Thanks for another "Oh my, that's TOO funny" blog. Have a great Sunday emoticon .
    1386 days ago
  • v NELLIEH1
    Way to Go!! You have definitely convicted me about my wardrobe..not size-wise...but in number of items. I'm on maintenance now and need to pass on way more things. I like your categories and your one-day-does-it (no procrastination) way. Hope you were able to get the ironing done. Wish I lived closer...I love to iron. Thanks for your blog...Really enjoy it! emoticon
    1386 days ago
  • v CATLADY52
    Isn't it a wonderful feeling? emoticon
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  • v RAINBOWCHOC
    emoticon wants to know when summer is over and can go into winter retreat
    1386 days ago
  • v IMISSOATIE
    I don't even know you but I'm so proud of you!!! emoticon
    1386 days ago
  • v JESSICABOOTY
    You are way ahead of me...first of all I have a policy against ironing. If it can't drip dri then it doesn't come home. Saves a lot of time and trouble. The local charity loves getting my clothes since they are usually in pretty saleable condition.
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    There was a time, and not that along ago, that I went on a purge - a-rama myself. It started out innocently enough with a pair of jeans and then some droopy summer clothes. I thought to myself...if I'm feeling better about myself on the inside then why not show it to the outside world. Compliments sure feel better when you look and feel better. Gives you a glow.
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    Suddenly I was on a roll and there wasn't a piece of clothing, and yes I mean those baggy old underpants. How come they never make it to the trash? Every piece of clothing had to beg for its life or be tossed. The closet was so bare that not even a moth could have flown out.
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    Victory was mine when a local department store gave out 20% coupons - one for every piece you brought in for Goodwill. Got a new wardrobe and saved money in the process. As the clincher, I went to an annual bathing suit sale at Macy's and bought a fantastic, sexy floral bathing suit in my newly discovered size. Now it lives in the closet and it's the first thing I see. How's that for motivation?
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    After reading all the responses, I am amazed and gratified at the support you got. I really got a good laugh at how you described your process. Keep at it. I always try to keep up with you and learn of your latest exploits.
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  • v EABL81
    Um, what's an iron?
    1386 days ago
  • v NOTSOFLUFFYDAD
    I can't wait to have three groups of clothes to sort through, that will be SSOOOOOOO AWESOME!!! As far as running naked, I hope your significant other enjoys the show hehehehe. Have a great night!!

    Paul
    1386 days ago
  • v KARENLEIGH32
    That's great, empty closet and all! Just think of yourself in something new this spring!
    1386 days ago
  • v ALDEBARANIAN
    Haaad. Wicked Haad. (that's Maine for "Good job, you earned a rest")
    I guess the pigeon couldn't read. Hope he/she has their safety harness on. emoticon
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  • v LINDAK25
    Scary, isn't it? Takes courage to clear out that wardrobe. Congratulations!
    1386 days ago
  • v ANNESYLVIA
    I am exhausted just reading about your chores. I cleaned out some clothes draws and some junk draws. Did well with the clothes draws not so well, with the junk draws.
    1386 days ago
  • v PHEBESS
    You might even (gasp) buy a few new things this winter - in smaller sizes, of course!
    1386 days ago
  • v DALID414
    You are braver than I am. I still don't want to get rid of anything.

    Quite the opposite is happening though, I have bags of packed clothes that I'm picking stuff back out of ( because they're smaller, I packed them at my heaviest).

    Maybe for New Year's I'll bag the big stuff and get rid of it, for sure!!
    1386 days ago
  • v ANGRITTER
    What an absolutely wonderful way to spend the day - and give yourself a cheering up as those are clothes that don't fit and you don't need! YAY!

    I spent the day in the hot, hot, hot, sun burning down tree rubbish and all that stuff - 2 HUGE piles. I now have a sunburn and am red all over my shoulders. My legs are white as snow, but my shoulders, neck and arms are wonderfully well done (but look like a rare steak)!

    And then I got a terrible phone call about a stroke my uncle has had and now I am on the downward side of the spiral. But I am now mad, and not so sad anymore. He will finally be released from the oppressive cow he married 41+ years ago who does nothing for him - no cooking, cleaning, loving, etc. It's got to be a relief.

    Have fun - I am going to break my rule and have a couple shots of Crown Royal. I will have one to toast your now-empty closet!

    Cheers!
    Angela
    1386 days ago
  • v JULIA1154
    What fun! Take a few minutes to savor the space in your wardrobe; it's almost worth losing weight just for that, I think.

    Thanks for a great read, too.
    1386 days ago
  • v IAMWINNING
    emoticon You have a fabulous sense of humor! I'm so glad you share it with us. What you did with the clothes is great: someone will love to have what you gave up, and the recycle place will appreciate having more fibers to recycle. And your wardrobe thanks you, and says, 'ok, when are you going to buy those smaller clothes?'

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  • v TEDYBEAR2838
    There's no going back. Who would want to!

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  • v CATHGREEN8
    I am not sure my iron will still work under all that dust.

    I love purging fat clothes!

    1386 days ago
  • v STHAX10
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  • v EVER-HOPEFUL
    not only that as you loose weight you will find you save money and time,money because you can by clothes of the rack instead of special shops,you will do less loads of washing as more clothes will get in a wash load as they are smaller,so not only money on water for less washing loads yu will also save electric as smaller clothes less cloth to iron so less time spent ironing.a win,win,win situation and the time you have now saved from less washing and ironing can be spent doing exercise,lol.another win,win,situation.keep up the good work you are doing emoticon
    1386 days ago
  • v DNRAE1
    Frightening, isn't it! I have a waist high pile for the Salvation Army, but am afraid to call them yet....like I might gain it back, and then I think.....NO WAY!!! So when I get back from the trip, It's going away! I mean business too!!!! yeah, us!!! emoticon
    1386 days ago
  • v MCSWIGAN
    Now you have no choice but to keep the weight off...can't run around in your knickers!
    1386 days ago
  • v KIPPER15
    My doctor told me to do exactly what you have done so I don't have a fat clothes crutch. She lost 70 lbs and said the fat clothes went and she kept the weight off. Good job.!! emoticon
    1386 days ago
  • v LISBETHSALANDER
    What a great feeling! Another non-scale benefit: less ironing. emoticon
    1386 days ago
  • v DAWN14163
    Drastic actions - now you'll HAVE to stick with it! No going back.... emoticon
    1386 days ago
  • v OBIESMOM2
    gaining the weight back is NOT an option...you gave away the 'fat' clothes! I struggled to let go of mine, too. But that's the best reason to get rid of them.

    My nice work clothes are all packed to take to a local charity that helps abused women find jobs. The other stuff will go to Goodwill or the Kidney Foundation.

    I spent some time today trying to find a pencil skirt. Three stores and no luck, but it's nice to be looking at smaller sizes.
    1386 days ago
  • v FANGFACEKITTY
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    I believe you on the ironing. I won't say when's the last time I plugged in my iron (mostly because I can't remember even the roundabout date it's been so long!)
    1386 days ago
  • v POPSY190
    Great, prompt decluttering!
    1386 days ago
  • v KATIEEMMA5
    hahahahaha

    this made me laugh

    you are not going to gain weight again chuck, it just won't happen, promise!

    take care x

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    1386 days ago
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