Friday, September 9, 2016

Cleaning Out My Closet

In polite society always dress for the life you desire; fate often follows fashion. 
~ Violet Grey

I finally did it. I cleaned out my closet and dresser drawers and purged them of every item I haven't worn in the past year or longer. I was ruthless. Here are my discards.

Six large garbage bags stuffed to the gills.
Mostly, these six bags contain garments I haven't been able to wear since circa 2007, when menopause reared its ugly head. Suddenly, I was no longer able to wear all the beautiful size zero and size two garments I had collected. Ever since, I have been hoping against hope to get back into all those teeny tiny dresses, skirts, pants and tops. Finally, I have admitted defeat.

So many memories. Hundreds and hundreds of dollars spent. A couple of the lovely dresses I got rid of still had price tags hanging from them. But that was almost ten years ago - ten years! - and it is time to let go. Styles have changed. My body has changed.

I have changed.

Now I am a woman "of a certain age" and I am ready to dress the part. No more mini skirts, skinny jeans, or low-cut necklines. No more sweaters with pills or sale items that seemed like a good idea at the time.

All that said, I still haven't given up on the notion of losing ten or fifteen pounds. Although my weight is considered "normal", at least according to the BMI charts - and my doctors have no problem with it - I know I would look and feel better if I weighed a few pounds less. Meanwhile, I am going to buy myself some nice clothes that fit my body now, including a new winter coat and a beautiful pair of leather boots. Obviously, I need to do some shopping.

For the time being, this is what my closet looks like.

Dresses and shoes all lined up in a row. I have yet to deal with the clutter on the upper shelf. 
Two denim jackets, a lightweight vest and jacket, and a few tops and bottoms.
In the process of sorting through my wardrobe I dealt with a few regrets and shed a few tears. But now I am ready to move on. On to the next chapter of my life. With the intention of dressing as well as I can while I travel.

5 comments:

Eric Asberry said...

Boy, I sure remember how painful it was when I had to finally get rid of all MY size zero clothes.

But my size ∞ clothes are much more comfortable!

Anonymous said...

You will love your lean closet. It is spiritually uplifting to be so much lighter.
Pete

Pam Asberry said...

You are SO funny, Eric...

I do love my lean closet, Pete. It is a huge relief to have that task behind me!

Carol Burnside aka Annie Rayburn said...

Oh, geez, I need to do this. Badly, and with more than one closet. The sheer magnitude of it makes me tired. LOL

Dan said...

Hope you kept a jacket for that one bucket list item... Ride on a Harley. :-) Yes... I still remember you had that one.