Friday, January 15, 2010

Closet cleaning

Last night I had to give myself a talking-to.

For a long time I've been thinking of instituting a one-in, one-out policy on my closet. There was just so much stuff that I never wore, and I figured that might be a good way of getting rid of some of it. Plus I have stuff in like three different sizes: SuperAprilSkinny, NormalApril, and FatApril.

So this is how the conversation went

Me: Seriously self? You are keeping all these SuperAprilSkinny clothes? You know you're never going to be this size again. I mean, I would ONLY HOPE you never have another wedding to motivate you to both starve yourself AND run 6 miles a day. And that was the ONLY way you fit into all that crap.

Self: I don't know. I mean, I could. I looked SO GOOD in this tank top.

Me: I know, I know. You and that tank top had good times. You walked home from Metro at 3AM together, not stopping for a burrito along the way because of the previously aforementioned diet of egg whites and bud light. But listen. If you WERE to get that skinny again, you know the first thing you'd do is to log onto the Forever21 website and buy new fun clothes that fit your new skinny self. Not dig through the closet and find 4 year old clothes that are out of style.

Self: You're right, you're right. But what about this dress?

Me: You looked awful in that dress THEN and you know it.

Self: Ack. But I want to keep all this junk! What about the business casual stuff?

Me: OK, let's just SAY you get another job that requires business casual at some random point in the future. Do you really want to wear the 3 year old Target sweaters that are too short for current trends?

Self: Probably not.

Me: OK. So let's get rid of some junk. But you can keep the expensive jeans that don't fit anymore... those you might actually want to wear again!

I may have to take some pictures of the more-loved pieces in the pile to remember them by. But I have a feeling the pile is just going to grow - I just started tossing anything I couldn't remember the last time I wore, or wouldn't wear now.

Biggest lesson learned: Don't buy blazers. They don't look good on you, Self!!!


Hi! I'm Erin said...

That conversation sounds familiar :-) Have you been talking to my Self?

Seriously, though, I need to do the same thing. I'm currently reading The Happiness Project and cleaning out her closet was one of the first things she did. Gave me some motivation.