WARNING: Silly explanation of how I came to this week’s #trashouttuesday project below.
This past weekend Brian and I were excited to go on a date night (of course because HELLOOOO DATE NIGHT!!!!) and to also celebrate the engagement of 2 sweet friends we’ve known since we were kids.
Date night consisted of getting all dressed up and attending their engagement dinner, then because we are just crazy, we went on dinner round 2 by ourselves…I mean – we had a sitter and why would we not???
I must be completely honest and tell you that we were going to see long time friends at this dinner whom we haven’t seen in AGES (one which happened to be my first serious boyfriend – and Brian totally reminded me of this while we’re getting dressed…just lovely…hahahah!).
Knowing the people we’d see – I wanted to wear something that I felt beautiful in – something comfortable and something that complimented my current body situation (which is heavier than I’ve been in years). Y’all know about those kinds of situations, right??
I settled on my favorite black top and a long flowing skirt. I should have taken a photo, but I forgot.
As we got ready to leave I felt more confident and beautiful than I have in a very long time. I didn’t realize how uncomfortable I’ve been in my clothes and with my body until I remembered what it felt like to actually feel beautiful. I don’t even know if that makes sense.
All I knew was that I wanted to feel like that more often.
The minute we walked into dinner, one of our family friends totally caught me off guard and complimented me looking like a model – to which I immediately laughed!!
Now. Wait a hot minute.
I don’t get those kinds of compliments every day.
I assured her it was all an illusion 🙂
As we sat down to eat, something strange hit me.
Why would I wear clothes that don’t make me feel beautiful like this??
I even told Brian at dinner how I wanted to go home and clean out all my clothes that don’t make me feel beautiful. It simply doesn’t make sense to keep things that make me feel less than beautiful.
That brings us to today.
I wish I had time to purge my entire closet, but that ain’t happening anytime soon. Especially with our room looking like this most days:
I knew I couldn’t tackle it all in one afternoon and I was seriously tempted to just put it off ’til later.
So, instead I started small.
Shirts. Just shirts.
I gathered every shirt (not including tank tops and tshirts) I could find.
There were over 70 shirts. Oh goodness.
I probably shouldn’t mention that I know there are more in the dirty clothes.
As I went through each item, I immediately knew that some of them needed to be gone. Easy.
Some, I needed to try on and get a feel. This was important because so many times I find myself in my closet trying on items and getting frustrated because things just don’t fit. Then, they go into a pile in the floor until I hang everything back up again and by then I’ve forgotten what didn’t fit and what did and – well, you get this crazy cycle.
I’m proud to say that almost half of my shirts went into the donate pile.
A few were pregnancy shirts (I’m embarrassed to admit that they’ve been in the closet for almost 2 years AFTER HAVING THE BABY).
In complete honesty, I kept 5 or so of my favorite shirts that are just a tad snug and moved them into the top of my closet. I’m giving myself to the end of the year. If I can’t fit into them by then, they’re gone too.
And now – just the stack of shirts I LOVE remains!
Brock thought I was a little crazy.
But, this – this is amazing:
I never thought I’d see the day all my shirts would fit into one section of my closet.
Unbelievable. This is progress!!!
How about you? Do you struggle keeping items that make you feel less than beautiful?
Go through your closet items one by one and figure out how they make you feel right now. Any items you’re unsure of – set them to the side and give yourself a specific amount of time to make a decision.
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