Clothes, like milk, have an expiration date.
Sunday, May 02, 2010
Ok, so all I seem to talk about recently is my move. I would apologize, but it is what it is, people.
So the big thing that I've done whilst getting ready for the transition deals with clothes.
My sister runs a wardrobe editing business in DC. She basically goes into people's closets and shows them how to work with what they've got, wherever they are body-wise. It's about who you are now, not who you are 5 pounds from now. She tosses what doesn't fit. Actually, she either consigns it or donates it and does all of the paperwork for you, which is awesome. Then, she works with what does fit (not only fits, but looks good - you have to love everything in your wardrobe) by putting together different outfits with accessories. It's not so much about the clothes as it is about how you feel. Your self-confidence. Your body image. The ability to walk with your head held high, knowing you look good - as is.
When I was sick, my sister came down to take care of me. I needed help post-surgeries, as most people do. While she was here, I went through all of my clothes with her. The process was amazing. I was able to get rid of so much stuff that doesn't fit anymore - both my "fat" clothes and clothes that fit a smaller me. I know that if I get back to that weight, I'll want new stuff anyway.
The process got me thinking. It's so funny how much of our identity and even memories are tied up into simple articles of clothing.
A great thing I learned while she was here? Clothes, like milk, have an expiration date. They pay their dues. We get our wear out of them. And when that expiration date comes, you HAVE to toss 'em. Whether it be that there's an unmendable hole/snag, missing buttons, they're out of date or they don't fit - our clothes fulfill their clothing destiny. They aren't meant to be worn for decades. Moreover, they aren't meant to hang in your closet and constantly bring up negative feelings about your body! Unacceptable!
The whole process allowed me to donate:
79 nice blouses (I KNOW!)
5 pairs of shorts
7 pairs of workout pants
1 suit jacket
11 pairs of jeans
8 pairs of shoes
And it feels great! The clothes went to a local donation center that will make the most of them. People that really need them will get them.
Not to mention, I don't have to PAY for people to move clothing that I'll NEVER wear again. (And it'll totally help with next year's tax return!) It's a win-win.
Maybe this presents a May challenge: Go through your closet. I'm not saying you have to give away 79 nice shirts. I don't think I would've had it not been a necessity because of the move. But go through one drawer. One type of clothing (ex: just your jeans). Every little bit helps, my Spark friends! It's cathartic for you, and provides a little bit of hope for others.
No really! Do it! And make sure you tell me ALL about it!