This weekend, I finally tackled a chore that I’ve been putting off for years – cleaning the closet.
Inspired by my friend Lynne, who maintains that we really don’t need all the stuff hanging/folded up/taking up space in our closets, I decided it was way past time to beard the lion.
With the Sheltie looking on and wearing a confused face, I pulled out armload after armload of hanging items. Skirts, dresses, suits, slacks, blouses began to stack up on my bed as my brain categorized them based on the following criteria:
- Did it fit?
- Did I still like it?
- Was it even remotely in style?
- Was it in good condition?
- And, perhaps of utmost importance, had I worn it within the last two or three years?
Surprisingly, many of the things lurking in my closet hadn’t seen the light of day since Domer was a wee lad (and remember, he’s twenty-one now!). Those, obviously, had to go.
Others were gifts — wrong size, wrong color, wrong style — and had only been “gently” worn, probably to appease the giver.
Still others were items I’d loved. And worn practically to their threads. But somehow couldn’t bear to part with — then. Now, out they went.
I found a ginormous sack from Kohl’s and started filling it. I loaded in old blue jeans, crop pants and tops. I even added a few belts that I knew I’d never wear again.
Who knew that belts designed for waists wouldn’t fit around hips?!
When the sack was full, I dug out a bag from JCPenney and started filling it. In went a plethora of dress slacks, skirted suits, and better quality skirts (things I’m thinking might be better for a resale shop than for charity).
I lugged the bags downstairs and put them where I’d have to see them regularly — my system for “guilting” myself into doing something I know I should do but am hesitant about.
Then I went back to my room to survey the aftermath.
Wow! Lots more hanging space, lots of nice hangers. Yet still, way more stuff than I could ever hope to wear.
I get a warm and fuzzy feeling, knowing my clothing will probably go toward a person who needs it. Perhaps it will help them find a job. Or keep them warm this winter. Or give them confidence to leave a bad situation.
And no, this doesn’t give me an excuse to go shopping. Who needs an excuse for that?!