November 13, 2012

Cleaning the Closet

I cleaned out my closet & dresser on Saturday.  I went through everything including underwear, bras and socks (I usually skip them!)  It shouldn’t have been that big of a deal but it was.  I was pretty emotional at times and it was hard for me to get rid of some of the clothes.

I was trying to figure out why while I was doing it.  At one point I actually had tears running down my face.  That’s when I figured it out.  I was attached to these clothes because they were from my before life.  My life before Munchkin and The Man, back when I worked full time and was single.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my life and I wouldn’t change it for anything.  I have now what I wanted then.  I think back nostalgically about when I did work full time,  got to wear cute clothes, made a decent salary, and spent it on whatever I wanted.  I also had nice clothing then.  Most of it was from Ann Taylor Loft.  Clothing from Talbots, New York & Co., and Gap also made appearances. 

I was also holding onto the clothes because like most women, I want to lose weight and fit into them again.  If I’m completely honest, there’s a very good chance I’ll never fit into them again.  I’m working with being ok with that.  I’d rather have my flabby belly and stretch marks as a result of having a baby instead of not having them and not having a baby.  As I was thinking about my weight, I realized that I’m down 20 lbs from where I was right before I got pregnant and 30 lbs down from my heaviest pregnancy weight.  That’s not too bad!  2012-11-10 15.18.12I’m not in a smaller size though and I blame my c-section scare and the belly that flops over it.  If not for that I would be at least one size down. 

At the end of the day, I had 9 bags of clothes and shoes to bring to Goodwill.  It’s insane that I had that much clothing.  What do I need that much clothing for?   I could have clothed several families in the developing world! 

I did keep one bin of some of my favorite clothes.  I kept the items I had tailored for me in Viet Nam and my favorite skirts and pants along with a few tops.  In the bin is my favorite pair of jeans and capris just in case I’m ever that small again.  If I do lose the weight, I now have a good reason to go shopping!

How often do you clean out your closet?


  1. I totally get this! it is such an odd feeling to see parts of your old self be completely done. I wouldn't judge your body (or its shape) at ALL until you are done nursing. My body hangs on to 15-20 lbs until the baby weans....then I have to work like crazy to lose the rest. Give yourself time. :)
    I cleaned out my closet for the first time in 5 years this spring....I had just been keeping everything since I was back to back to back to back pregnant, and my size varied greatly. Now I'm down to a minimal closet - but at least it all fits! :)

  2. I actually have a bin of clothes that I should get rid of but haven't because I attach memories to the clothes. So I get it. As for cleaning out my closet I try to do it 1-2 times a year. But I haven't done it in a while so I need to do it again soon.

  3. I need to clean out my closet again. I thought I purged pretty well before our PCS but after going through my drawers recently with the change in the weather I realize there are quite a few things I should toss out. Then again, several items that I KNOW need to be gone I have the hardest time because I'm emotionally attached to them -- like certain sweatshirts from High School.

  4. I just wroteabot this on my blog at I have a strict list of items of clothing I need inmy closet, becauseI have tendency to go shopping when I am sad. No shopping if I dont need to replace something! I purge a lotof things after I had my first baby though


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