It’s really more like throwing it out of the closet.
I generally give my closet a good, thorough purging at least once a year, but since I didn’t complete this ritual at all in 2013, it is long overdue. Our daughter, Kennedy, was conceived in January of last year, and by all accounts, it looked as if I began gaining weight with her as soon as the sperm reached my egg. And trust me, it is extremely difficult to find the motivation to go through, fold, and rearrange all the cute clothing that you simply won’t be wearing for the foreseeable future. Seemingly overnight, my cute cardigan sweaters, skinny jeans, and Be Present yoga gear became sartorial relics of my former self.
So I just did nothing and let it pile up.
But since I have regained some semblance of what I was size-wise, the time has come to dive back in and reorganize. Here’s my rule of thumb: Set out to create three piles – one pile is for stuff that you know right off the bat you want to discard; the second pile is for stuff you are fairly certain you want to keep; and then there is the maybe pile. You know, what I’m talking about, the stuff you know damn well you’ll probably never wear again, but, for some unknown reason you can’t let go of. Take this pile of
baggage and set it somewhere in your house where you rarely go. (If you’re like
me, that would be the oven.) Put the pile in that area, shut the door, and go
about your life. If three months go by and you do not return to that area to
retrieve something, then you know that you can live without it. Toss it. Get
rid of everything in that pile.
You won’t wear it anyway.
You will be okay.
So the photo on the right is what remains. Easter Seals is coming bright and early tomorrow, and I’ve already got my bags by the garage door so that I can run them out to the curb before the sun comes up, at which point there will be no turning back. Which reminds me…I have to clean out the closet by the back door. The other day I opened it up and got pummeled by an avalanche of baseball caps and stray mittens.
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