Why Hanging on to Skinny Clothes Hurts You - and How to Get Free
Hands down, the number-one reason most clients hold onto clothes that they no longer wear is the agonizingly inaccurate "incentive" mentality – the holding onto of clothes, one-to-several sizes too small, as inspiration to get thin. It's a popular tool, and one that rarely if ever actually works. Of all the motivational measures you may find to lose weight, this isn't it.
- Those clothes are a constant reminder of who you were, rather than who you are today.
- Those clothes are a constant reminder of the money you spent – just one more thing to feel guilty about.
- Those clothes aren't in style. Even if you lose the weight, you might not want to wear them again.
- Those clothes were purchased for a younger person. Even if you lose the weight, they might not suit your current stage of life.
- Those clothes hold you back. If you lose the weight, you'll want to celebrate and treat yourself to new clothes.
- Those clothes take up room you could be using for clothes you can actually wear. Your jam-packed closet is mostly useless.
2. Investigate the hiding places.
3. Do the laundry.
4. Ask just one question.
5. Get the "out pile" out.
6. Revisit the "it fits" pile.
- Is the piece still in good shape?
- Does it fit well?
- Is it attractive on?
- What makes it attractive? (Color, cut, fabric, neckline, sleeve length, etc.)
- Do I still like it?
- Do I have actual use for it?
8. Deal with the "out pile."
- Invite your sister and your friends over and let them take what they want.
- Have a yard sale, and save the money for a wardrobe shopping trip.
- Sell them through a consignment shop (local or online).
- Take winter wear to a homeless shelter.
- Donate to the Goodwill or another favorite charity.
- Downgrade old tee shirts to cleaning rags (your local animal shelter may take some).
- Toss what's left (hopefully it won't be much).
9. Shop mindfully.
Do you have several lifetimes sharing space in your closet? Do you have an abundance of impulse purchases?... Or do you just have too much because it's "still good"?