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My Day of Organizing My Former Sized Wardrobes

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Organizing wardrobes in 3 messy closets was a major challenge but giving away several 50 gallon bags of clothes seemed like an impossible task. Thankfully, my friend came over & although I had no energy, I started in one closet & got momentum to finish the task. Talking about my weight gain & my frustration at bingeing & not making enough progress was easier than if I tried doing this task alone. She wanted me to get rid of all the clothes I can't fit into & start anew but I explained that would be giving up. I fully intend on wearing those favorite dresses & casual outfits of my former size. So she came up with a splendid idea: let's go through & you pick out your favorite jeans, dresses, outfits & then decide if you even want to keep the other clothes. This involved a different mind set for me: remember when I was my former sizes. If I could fit into these clothes, would I wear them anymore? Then I tossed the clothes I no longer liked in a big pile to be given away to thrift store. I kept a large bin of clothes for each size. The closets look much better & are practically empty & my friend took all the donations with her. I don't even remember what I gave away. However I certainly remember what adorable, stylish & beautiful clothes I kept! I absolutely can't believe I got this done in only 3 hours. Of course, I paid my dear friend for spending 4 hours folding all the clothes to be donated as well as the clothes to keep & organzing my current clothes. I told her she has a talent to organizing & gently encouraging to view things practically. I definitely could not have done this myself. I would've left those big piles of clothes all over & then eventually throw everything back in the closets. As I looked at the bins, marked size 4, size 6, size 8, size 10 & size 12, I realized there was enough in each bin to wear without buying anything additional. However, I will buy a couple new outfits as a celebration when I get to my former self at size 4. As I decrease in size, It'll be easier to give away the larger sizes since it's so organized. Most of my absolute favorites are in the size 4 & size 6 bins.
Here's what I learned today:

1. Have a trusted & supportive friend help you. Essential to keep you motivated to finish.
2. Remember how it felt to fit into former size & choose what outfits you'd wear immediately if you could fit into them right now.
3. Give yourself a time limit to think about clothes. If you hesitate, put it aside. Work on giving away the clothes that never quite felt right or looked the best on you. Think about how someone could enjoy these clothes instead of them beng stashed in a closet.
4. When tempted to feel sorry for yourself for not being able to fit into your favorite clothes, stop & think I WILL fit into these clothes soon! Don't waste time & energy on getting angry at yourself or analyzing why you got so fat. Plan what exercise you'll be doing together later to burn some calories.
5. Don't take a break until it's all done! Just keep plugging away with a time limit. My friend could only stay until 2pm. I could only stay home (before working) to do my sorting until noon. We began at 9am. We were constantly looking at the clock from where we were sitting. (My fear was that this big mess we created from emptying these closets wouldn't get finished & then I'd get depressed in a disaster area.
6. Praise yourself for managing to let go of so much while still holding onto what's valuable.
7. Don't dwell about money wasted. Be careful with spending in the future.
8. Keep Focused on the task! Do not allow interruptions (phone, email, visitors, etc.) Make this a priority.
9. Thank your friend & pay her for being your personal organizer because your realize her expertise & time are valuable (I paid her because I couldn't help her organize in return for her help because she's already organized).
10. Delight in all the space in the closets & show them off to your spouse later (& assure him you didn't touch his clothes at all). :)

Now it's time to stay with my workout & eating goals daily to wear those lovely clothes!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
GOSPELCLOWN 12/7/2012 10:59AM

    It's my turn next!

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PROVERBS31JULIA 12/6/2012 12:08AM

    First things first: I really LOVE the little bit of the art work background that I could see. My browser would not let me view it as a separate tile (maybe you have it blocked to prevent downloading?). Wondered if you had drawn it. And I need to get back to drawing too.

Secondly, that's wonderful the progress you have made with your closet! Wonder if I can hire your friend!! (all my friends have the same kinds of issues with their closets as I do...).

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HDHAWK 12/5/2012 6:04PM

    I did the same thing a couple weeks ago. I have everything organized so I can find what I need as I go down in sizes AGAIN!

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ANGRITTER 12/5/2012 4:57PM

    What an encouraging blog! I have never been a size 4 or 6, so I have no idea what it looks like to keep single-digit clothing in my closet! But what a great friend you have for keeping you focused and in the moment.

Can I borrow her? LOL

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SUECHRIS50 12/5/2012 2:19PM

    So,you had some light bulb moments...that's awesome!!

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TIEDYED69PEACE 12/5/2012 1:51PM

    Wow that's awesome! I don't have a lot of clothes; I often donate stuff I haven't worn within half a year or so to the Goodwill... but I too have that bin of clothes from former sizes I just couldn't give up! :) I think it is a fantastic idea! Mine might only be an outfit or two in a couple different sizes, but can you imagine how it will feel to put them on again!?! :) :) :) :) Can't wait til (you and I) get there!


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GOPINTOS 12/5/2012 1:10PM

    Great Blog!

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IAM_HIS2 12/5/2012 1:07PM

    Congratulations!! Awesome news!!! emoticon

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GOLFGMA 12/5/2012 9:22AM

    Good job and good friend. Wishing you much success now getting to your size 4 again emoticon soon!

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PATTYKLAVER 12/5/2012 8:03AM

    Sounds like you have a great friend and that you were able to accomplish and learn a lot. Good job. Can I borrow your friend?

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NUTRON3 12/5/2012 7:25AM

    good job!

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STITCHINGNAN 12/5/2012 4:13AM

    What a great blog, so emoticon positive and inspiring. Good luck Ree

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EDITOR 12/5/2012 2:39AM

    Good for you and soon size 4 on your way!

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WACFIT 12/5/2012 1:18AM

    Good job. I recently did the same thing and it felt good to get things organized. Can't wait to start getting rid of the bigger sizes...soon! Good luck on your journey.

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