When I left my job last summer, I decided to wait at least six months to really clean out clothing that I wouldn’t need or wear anymore. I do light cleanouts yearly but I wanted to look at everything from a different perspective – I don’t need to dress up every day and will not get invited to formal business dinners.
Last week was the time to do it. I did the easy stuff first — clothes I haven’t worn in years or that aren’t comfortable even if they are relatively new.
Why do I buy something that isn’t comfortable? Because I think it looks good or it’s my favorite color or on sale! We all know what happens to that stuff. It’s like a wonderful blouse that needs ironing. It spends most of its time on the ironing board and very little time on your back. Sometimes a pair of pants that needs adjustment waits so long that it goes out of style. Oops!
Then I tackled the classic shoes. You know what they are. The shoes for formal dress. Platforms, high heels, mid-heels, satin, peau de soie, suede, dyed-to-match something shoes. Instead of automatically keeping them just in case, I decided to try them on and walk around in them. Some of them have been with me for 20 years.
As it turns out, it wasn’t much of a decision. Many of the shoes did not fit. When did my feet get fat? Some of them were so high I could not walk in them even if I had a walker to guide me. Why did I keep them so long and carry them from house to house? If I am invited to a formal or dressy function, you can be sure I am buying new things and not wearing 20-year-old shoes even if they don’t hurt.
All told, I tossed about 25 pair. Some went directly to the trash and some were donated. I had almost new walking shoes that hurt. They were very orthopedic-looking so I was surprised that they hurt. I am sure some little old lady with size 7 feet will be very happy with them.
I am a shoe person. I love shoes – all colors, all kinds. After packing up the rejects, I had to go out and buy myself a pair of new ballet flats, with support of course!
Next week, I’m going through the dresses – formal wear from the 90s, business suits before business casual and other things lurking behind my closet door. Maybe a few old swimsuits? You can be sure if they don’t fit me I will be cranky all week.
Over the past month or two (I am catching up) Earthriderdotcom and TrishaDM nominated me for the Versatile Blogger Award. Judy (earthriderdotcom) lives in Florida and gives great perspectives on life. Trisha is in med school in Canada. She helps me stay in touch with youth! Please visit their blogs. Both are very interesting in very different ways. Thank you both for nominating me.
Debra from Breathelighter also nominated me for the Kreativ Blog Award. Three women share that blog so it’s full of different experiences. Please visit when you get a chance. Thank you!