What Is "Just in Case Clothes"?
On week one, I decided to get rid of my "just in case" clothes. Admit it, you have them! I know I did, at least half of my wardrobe. These are the clothes you haven't worn for years, but you keep "just in case." You know, just in case you:
Get Rid of Clothes That Don't Fit: Be Realistic
It's time to face the facts, if you haven't worn it in years, you probably never will. So let's say you have your skinny clothes in case you someday fit back into them. Yeah, I was there. Then finally I lost the weight after I had my baby. The thing is, I didn't want those old skinny clothes. For one thing, they didn't fit the same as they did when I first wore them. My body was older and skinny at twenty is different than skinny at thirty. They also were not as cute as I remembered them. So yes, a few items I did end up wearing, but for the most part, I ended up buying new clothes. Trust me, you will too, so get rid of them!
Now then I found myself in the opposite problem, I had a bunch of clothes that were too big. Lots and lots of clothes that looked dumpy on me! Whenever I would wear them, they made my thin frame look even thinner and I would get "Is this weight loss healthy or is something going on?" So obviously I had to stop wearing those clothes as the comments were annoying. I was the healthiest in my life!
Touch Each Item
That's why I decided my first week I would go through my clothes. I took every item from my drawers and my closet and threw them on my bed. It was important to do this, because I needed to make a decision on each individual item. If I just went through and grabbed items I didn't think I'd wear, I knew there would be many items I didn't wear left in my closet. I have done that tons before and knew that was not a good method. I needed to individually make a decision - keep, donate, throw away - for each item. As one minimalist site stated. Make sure to touch each item so you have to make a decision. I am following that wisdom!
Then when it came time to act, each item went into three different spots: my closet if I was going to keep them; a trash bag if it was torn, stained, or tattered; a box to be brought to a consignment shop for those in good condition, but I didn't like, didn't fit, or didn't wear.
When all was said and done, I had only a third of my clothes left. I found a few gems I absolutely love, but never wear, because I didn't remember I had them. I made 27 dollars so far from the consignment shop and the amount is increasing. Most importantly, it's been a month, and I don't regret a thing.
So if you want to join me on my journey, go through your closet. Touch each item. Spend an afternoon, take everything out and put it into your three piles. It's such a freeing experience.
Angela Michelle Schultz
I am abnegating my possessions for the sake of the good things in my life like my church, my husband, my daughters, my family, my friends, and my writing. I am learning the joy of having more time and money for what matters by removing the stuff that doesn't.