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Clothes Make The Woman (Happy) - Clutter Does Not

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

I took Monday off to go to the city and reward myself with retail therapy so you can imagine my emotions when I got up and saw thick wet snowflakes falling onto a slushy yard. Ick. Fortunately it warmed up to a nice raw cold rain - so I went anyway.

First stop was a visit with my mama - the artist - who lives in a skilled nursing home where she is superbly cared for. She hasn't had even a cold now since she moved in. There is a devoted daughter (my sis) who lives closer than I and there is me, the non-custodial daughter. We both bring different gifts to her care and we're never resentful about what the other one is not doing. We just love that cutie pie of a mother with all we have in us.

I took an old diary of hers, written in 1960, and read it to her. That year my big sister was 12, I was 7, going on 8, and The Babies were 2 and 3. My mother's New Year's Resolution for 1960 was to lose 10 lbs. She was horrified that she weighed 130 lbs! I have a loooooong history with the weight issues.

Sister and I met for lunch at a shopping mall where I knew I could look at a lot of clothes. The plan was to not buy but to try on and formulate spending plans. I might have spent more anyway except that I'd pulled out about 1/2 my warm weather clothes on Sunday and realized there isn't too much I need to buy. I have a TON of clothes.

I emoticon emoticon emoticon clothes. Always have. Probably always will. But I own too many clothes - too many for my life and too many for the space I have to put them. And of course, in too many different sizes. I have 6 dresser drawers and about 3 feet of closet space to store my clothes and the goal is to own no more than fits in that space. Last fall I did a major wardrobe weeding and tried to be firm about what I put back into the attic but I still have too much stuff.

I tried on and tried on and tried on clothes - and fell in love with many garments all over again. I sorted out everything that wasn't perfect for me and made a pile of it to offer my sister. It's still too cold to bring most of these clothes downstairs but I kept a few of the brighter, lighter things to cheer me up as the sun creeps higher in the sky. But I know I'll have to do this wardrobe research again with the other half of my warm weather clothes before I do any real shopping. It looks like what I need is a good basic neutral blazer ... and I know I'll need a good chocolate brown slightly longer top to go with some of my favorite flowered skirts. But before I put down the big bucks I want to be sure I know what I need.

Another reason I didn't buy much was because I had such a late start and the weather was getting bad again so I felt hurried - which I know is a really BAD time to spend money. I did find a blazer I liked at Macy's. It fit perfectly and I can always order it on-line.

But lest you think I came home empty handed - fear not! There was retail therapy. I'm really fond of flowered skinny jeans and look what I picked up at WalMart of all places. A perfect fit.

A perfect 10!

Happy Healthy Tuesday to you all.
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    Cute flowery skinny jeans! I love clothes too and got rid of a whole bunch of old ones -- large and small -- a couple years ago, bought new ones and outgrew them over the past two years. But when I get down 5 more pounds I will be back in them again -- which makes me very very happy! Have fun and enjoy!

    1817 days ago
    I'm trying to get rid of stuff. It is so hard!
    1825 days ago
    I'm impressed with the skinny jeans! I can't wear them...too much of an hourglass...they just don't look good on me so I envy those who can.

    My mom kept a diary for almost all 40 years of her married life and it is such a treasure now that both my parents are gone.
    1825 days ago
  • JLITT62
    Funny, I have stayed far away from the flowered jeans trend! I think it's too trendy & can be hard to pull off when you're petite like me. I still remember the pink ones I had in my 20s . . . what was I thinking?

    But I'm glad you rewarded yourself!

    You know you have too many clothes when you have to try on 3 or 4 different outfits to decide what's right . . . I still can't seem to help myself, tho. Good for you for showing restraint!
    1825 days ago
  • MARPET44
    I have donated lots of clothes to Goodwill when I sized down. Rule of thumb for me--bring one in and 2 go out. emoticon
    1826 days ago
    Bess, your story sounds a lot like mine. But those jeans I could not wear. Too Skinny. It might could be a goal huh. I too need to go through my closets and get rid of the clothes I do not wear anymore. But mostly mine are all the same size. I had done well until Danny got sick and have put on 25 lbs in the last year. I have got to get the weight off. I refuse to buy anything until I lose them. So, right now I don't have much that I can still wear; especially in the pants department.

    Anyways, my mother is in assisted living now also and my sister is the primary care giver. I take care of the finances. My sister is better with my mother. We would just argue. Now don't get me wrong. I do love her but I do not put up with her whining very well. So as you said we each have our talents.

    I enjoyed the blog. I hope you are doing well.

    1826 days ago
    How tall is your mother? In 1960, 130 was overweight for women under 5'6". And back then we all had tiny closets so very few clothes. My how the world has changed!!
    1826 days ago
    Very snazzy jeans! You were very patient to think about weeding through the old before buying new. Cleaning out the closets is a good start. Have a great day!
    1826 days ago
  • MYRTLE811
    REtail therapy! A woman who has likes that correspond with what I want and need! It's hard not to buy; I can now buy on sale and clearance and get amazing things. Like you, however, my closet is bulging and I don't need anything else. But after years of having to wear whatever would just fit, it is a test on my part to walk buy and leave behind those clothes that not only fit but also look good on me.
    Keep having fun. I shop my closet often.
    1826 days ago
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