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Throwing out is never easyPosted Tuesday, January 29, 2013, at 2:00 PM
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.
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Revis Blaylock has been on staff with the Manila Town Crier for over 35 years. She has enjoyed making friends in all the areas that the Town Crier covers. This blog contains her general ramblings about events throughout Buffalo Island. She welcomes your comments and ideas for future stories.