A few times a year I sort through the clothes in my closet and weed out items I haven’t worn in awhile. As usual a few of the items I came across didn’t fit any longer. I guess I can attribute that both to the dryer and to my favorite bowl of late night ice cream. The rest of the items still fit, but I know I’ll never wear them. In some cases the color seems wrong, in others I don’t like the pattern or the overall cut. Regardless of the reason these rejects will show up at mother’s house and whatever items she doesn’t want will make their way to the local donation center.
I love the feeling of purging unwanted items. It feels so good to get rid of the dead weight and make space. During this purge I tried to categorize the items I no longer wanted. Most of the items fell into three categories:
- Unwanted gifts
- Items I purchased because the sale was too good to miss
- Yes, cotton does shrink.
The lessons from my purge:
- If possible let the gift giver know that the gift isn’t the right color or the right fit.
- If it’s not possible to let the gift giver know try to sell or donate the item right away. There is no reason to hang an item in my closet that I have no intention of wearing.
- A sale is never too good to miss. Just because an item is practically free doesn’t mean should I take it home with me.
- Cotton does shrink. Think twice before buying a 100% cotton item that fits perfectly.
I certainly hope to keep these lessons in mind the next time I receive a gift or go shopping. I hate looking at a pile of practically brand new clothes. What a waste of money.