Wednesday, April 4, 2012

How am I not naked after getting rid of all of these clothes?

I'd like to thank everyone who commented on the last post for your support. I know a lot of you are sharing the same struggles, and I understand how much strength it takes to be able to come out and admit that.

But let's move away from the serious and have a little fun rummaging through my closet. Here's what went to the clothes donation box in our building this week, and why. I put my best recollection of prices on the items that I didn't really wear much. If I left the price blank, then I'm not going to count the item because I got use out of it and it was a good purchase. Let's see if we can find some themes:

Too many memories of wearing
this on my first date w/ an ex 
Too tight ($10)
Too embarassing
(ew, armpit stains!)

Too short ($12)

Too scratchy ($25)
Too short

Too reminiscent of a job I hated ($15)

Too stained
Too short. Waaaay too short. (free)
Too poorly made ($10)
(One leg was bigger than the other.
I still bought them because they were cheap.
Too stupid (priceless).
Just kidding! $15.

That Titanic shirt has got to be the dumbest piece of clothing I've ever purchased. What's yours?

The Reckoning

Item 69-75: Clothes I hated that I never really wore.
Fate: The Planet Aid donation box in our building. 
Cost: $87 
Total money wasted on junk I never should've bought: $492.


  1. Loved this post! Thanks for showing us. You've inspired me to do a similar post. Will get to work on that...

    1. One step at a sounds like you're doing an amazing job already!

  2. I hear ya. With the number of clothing items (bags) I've gotten rid of in the past few months, it still amazes me that my closet is still full. At least it's no longer over-stuffed and everything now fits IN the closet. lol Great job! I ditched a few more clothing items this week, but I know there are still more lurking in the closet that need to go. =)

    1. Thanks! I think it's a never ending job for us girls. But that many more occasions to get excited about tossing stuff out!

  3. Thanks for your humbling ideas trying to declutter my closet. It stays organized for a couple of months and then seems to look just like it did before even though I donate bags of clothes to Goodwill and Freecycle! My goal was to get rid of anything that I no longer like, fit into or is out of style. That left me with tons of clothing I kept in hopes of weari
    ng. I never thought I could have an emotional attachment to clothing, but that may be an issue for me. My logic was that if I lose more weight I could wear it again and save money, or didn't want to let go of something my mom or husband bought for me, etc.. Im going to earnestly try to keep I. Mind that clothes could be replaced, people can't. Wish me luck ladies!

    1. I think it's fantastic that you're taking a good, hard look at the reasons why you're keeping things. I think it's also important to do regular decluttering of your closet. Every few months doesn't work for me, but every Saturday does. I try to find just one thing. Just one. That's 52 things gone in a year.

      Also try following the one in, one out rule. If you buy something, pick something to get rid of before you make the purchase. That way your closet will at least stop growing.

      I wish you the best of luck -- you can do it, I know it!

  4. I try to live by the one in, one out rule. Doesn't always work for me. But after purging my closet and 2 bags for Goodwill later, I realize that I have a lot of clothes b/c they're cast-offs, something someone else in my family won't be wearing. So why am I hanging on to them?

    And in a bit of twisted fate, 4 items of clothing I got rid of were originally from Goodwill. I just hung onto them for a couple of years.


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