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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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CATHWREN 11/10/2012 7:30PM

    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

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4KWALK 11/10/2012 7:19PM

    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.

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TREYONE 11/10/2012 7:19PM

  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

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SENIMMO 11/10/2012 6:58PM

    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 .

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NELLIEH1 11/10/2012 6:31PM

    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

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CATLADY52 11/10/2012 6:19PM

    Isn't it a wonderful feeling? emoticon

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RAINBOWCHOC 11/10/2012 5:55PM

    emoticon wants to know when summer is over and can go into winter retreat

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HEALTHYHEIDI12 11/10/2012 5:46PM

    I don't even know you but I'm so proud of you!!! emoticon

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JESSICABOOTY 11/10/2012 5:33PM

    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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EABL81 11/10/2012 5:27PM

    Um, what's an iron?

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NOTSOFLUFFYDAD 11/10/2012 5:17PM

    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

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KARENLEIGH32 11/10/2012 5:05PM

    That's great, empty closet and all! Just think of yourself in something new this spring!

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ALDEBARANIAN 11/10/2012 5:02PM

    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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LINDAK25 11/10/2012 4:57PM

    Scary, isn't it? Takes courage to clear out that wardrobe. Congratulations!

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ANNESYLVIA 11/10/2012 4:49PM

    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.

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PHEBESS 11/10/2012 4:44PM

    You might even (gasp) buy a few new things this winter - in smaller sizes, of course!

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DALID414 11/10/2012 4:28PM

    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!!

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ANGRITTER 11/10/2012 4:05PM

    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

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JULIA1154 11/10/2012 3:52PM

  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.

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IAMWINNING 11/10/2012 3:43PM

    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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TEDYBEAR2838 11/10/2012 3:23PM

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

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CATHGREEN8 11/10/2012 3:14PM

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

I love purging fat clothes!


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STHAX10 11/10/2012 3:09PM

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EVER-HOPEFUL 11/10/2012 2:50PM

    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

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DNRAE1 11/10/2012 2:28PM

    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

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MCSWIGAN 11/10/2012 2:07PM

    Now you have no choice but to keep the weight off...can't run around in your knickers!

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KIPPER15 11/10/2012 2:06PM

    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

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LISBETHSALANDER 11/10/2012 2:06PM

    What a great feeling! Another non-scale benefit: less ironing. emoticon

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DAWN14163 11/10/2012 2:05PM

    Drastic actions - now you'll HAVE to stick with it! No going back.... emoticon

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OBIESMOM2 11/10/2012 2:04PM

    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.

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FANGFACEKITTY 11/10/2012 1:56PM

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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!)

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POPSY190 11/10/2012 1:50PM

    Great, prompt decluttering!

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KATIEEMMA5 11/10/2012 1:43PM

    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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