Weight has always been a battle for me but I seem to be losing the war this time. I made a decision this week and I am preparing myself for the big spring closet shakedown.
I am not ashamed of my age. As I have said before, I moved middle age back as far as it would go and then I had to admit, I went over the hill. I am discovering at the senior citizen status of 62, pounds do not decrease easily.
I had always heard if you can keep the weight off five or ten years, it won't come back. I discovered that to be false. That only works if you eat the correct amounts.
I can blame it on the fact I quit smoking several years ago, but really I know that is just an excuse. I can blame it on age, but only another excuse.
The fact of the matter is, I eat more than I should, exercise less and less, and do not have the willpower I once had.
Weight is not really my topic this week. The closet clean-out is.
Like my age, it doesn't do much good to not be truthful about my weight either. Both are obvious. I have worn a size 8 and I have worn a size 14+ and I have all the sizes in-between.
I have a real problem getting rid of clothes. My daughter has tried for years to reform me. Her theory is, "If you haven't worn it in a year, get rid of it."
I understand the concept, I just have trouble doing it. I get items out of the closet, look at them and think, "I may get back down to that size," "there is still a lot of wear in that," "I may need that some day," or "that was my favorite style and it might come back."
I probably have 12 or more pairs of black pants. I love black pants. Really, 95 percent of the time I wear black pants so there is nothing wrong with me having a good supply. The problem is the brown, green, khaki, purple, grey, beige, tweed, stripped, blue, and all of the other colors hanging in the closet I never wear. Those are there in several sizes and I can't seem to get rid of them.
Along with those pants, I have a good variety of turtleneck pull over tops. I have them in many colors and sizes. A few of those I may not have worn in three years. I am sure many of them will not fit anymore.
I have skirts of all lengths and material. I can't remember the last time I wore one, but I would guess I have at least 20 in the closet. Most of them still fit so I don't want to part with them. If I think it is too small, I just don't get it out because it might depress me to try it on. So it all just hangs there.
I find myself wearing the same five or six things over and over, so why do I think I need to keep three closets full of clothes?
My husband has told me for years I need to get rid of some clothing before I bring in more. I am going to publicly say he is right (I don't do that often) and I plan to do something about it.
In our first years of marriage we moved occasionally. We lived in a couple of three room apartments and we didn't even have enough to fill them up. We have accumulated a lot of baggage since those days.
I have made a decision and I plan to stick to it. Come spring, I am planning to clean out closets. Yes, if I haven't worn it in a year, it is gone. If it is a size 8 it is gone, if it is out of style, it is gone, and if it is not black or brown, it is gone.
I am considering removing the clothes I do wear, packing them in a suitcase, leaving home for a weekend. I will have my daughter come take it all away or let her daughters have a yard sale. I am afraid I will not be strong enough to do the job that I know needs to be done.
When the weather gets good, watch for the yard sale ad in the Town Crier.