Sunday, April 24, 2011

I've Never Dressed For Success

by Leann

When you are a nurse, clothes don't make the woman. Washable stuff, preferably able to handle really hot water, is the rule. Even when I was a school nurse and did not wear a uniform or scrubs (makes little ones think about SHOTS too much) I had to choose easy to wash clothing or I'd be buying new clothes every week. Kids are messy. Really messy. And they like you to be messy, too.

I haven't been working as a nurse for six years now, but I was glad that I did not need a new wardrobe in the writing field. I've been known to work in my pajamas on more than one occasion. I don't try to make that a regular deal, however. Getting up, getting dressed, going to work are important, even if you work from home.

Next week, I am going to a convention and neither pajamas nor jeans and T-shirts really work. Do to my illness I've lost a good deal of weight (and you DO NOT want to lose weight that way). In other words, the business casual section of my closet (which is actually the dressy section if I'm being truthful) is depleted. But I have been very reluctant to invest in clothes because I am hoping that I will miraculously get well and need all those clothes. I did a little organizing trick where I put all my things after they were washed on the hangers with the curved part of the hanger facing the wrong way. Then, if I wore something and washed it, then the next time, I would hang it the correct way. This is a good technique to see what you are wearing on a regular basis.

Guess what? Most of my hangers were still facing the wrong way after more than a year. These clothes simply don't fit! Shopping is not my favorite pastime, but I needed things for the convention. My shipment from Coldwater Creek's online store arrived this week and I now have pretty shirts and even one skirt (really not a fan of skirts) for the convention. They are a little dressy and actually fit. But I also have two giant trash bags filled with clothes for charity. Perfectly good clothes, but this closet purge is all part of accepting the illness. Not how I wanted to do it, but I will enjoy the fun part of being almost dressed for success.

What about you? Have you cleaned a closet lately? Let go of things you haven't worn in years?

16 comments:

ev said...

I just did some major damage to the Coldwater Creek outlet near me (ok,it's an hour away). And two weeks ago I did it too. So I now have two boxes (and more to come) of stuff to donate. The same with shoes and purses. If I buy something new, I have to get rid of something or else I will be in deep doo-doo.

I still have to clean up the pile of bags and boxes I have in a corner and go thru my spring/summer stuff. More to donate I guess.

Lynda said...

Over the last 2 years (since I retired) I put on a couple of pounds (OK, almost 10) - most of it in the middle. I kept telling myself that I'd lose the weight and fit in the clothes again, but eventually I gave up that mind set. So, I recently pulled out almost everything that was too small (I admit I kept a couple of special things) and donated it to WEAVE (Women Escapting a Violent Environment).

I still hope I'll lose some weight, now that good walking weather is arriving, but I won't hate myself if I don't. I guess as I get older I get more forgiving of my "flaws" - they're a part of who I am. And if I do lose weight, I'll treat myself to something new (although like you, Leann, shopping is not my favorite thing to do).

Dru said...

I did a little closet cleaning last week.

Leann Sweeney said...

It is that time of year. The spring into spring thing. I forgot to add I also rid my closet of about 20 shoe boxes. Why was I saving all those boxes? I have no idea!

Mare F said...

I too hate shopping for clothes, in my case it's going to be the next size down that I'm aiming wear. Between quitting smoking in the middle of menopause and the worst winter here in decades I've managed to add some pounds that I just can't seem to work up the energy to lose it. Anyway to actually answer the question...yes, I have cleaned out my closets. LOL

Vickie said...

I did this about six months ago so we could do a big ol' end of year donation to the Vietnam Vets. I got tired of trying to squeeze my just washed clothes into the closet of 'one-of-these-days-when-I-get-back-to-my-fightin'-weight' clothes. I decided to do a big ol' purge of what-was-I-thinking and wow-how-come-I-have-so-many-purple-shirts.....seven bags later, the closet was cleaned out of all but what I can currently wear and one big clear container of 'one-of-these-days' clothes I really really like.

Leann Sweeney said...

I did save a box of jeans and shirts that aren't THAT much too big. Some of those jeans were almost new. But I have a whole lot of closet space now. The empty shoe boxes are gone and that cleared things out the most. Why was I saving those boxes? I have no idea! :-)

signlady217 said...

I just need to go shopping for clothes because everything still fits and I'm sick of wearing them! Yes, some things I've had 10-15 years, and they are still in style and still look great and still fit. It's really awful because here are these perfectly good clothes that need to go just because I'm sick of looking at them. (Or did I mention that already?) I want new clothes!!! :)

Leann Sweeney said...

I say go for it. Donate the old clothes and make someone else AND you happy at the same time. This is called "spin" if you didn't notice.

Books by Heather said...

My closet needs to be cleaned out, but haven't had the chance yet. I'll be doing some shopping this week for Malice. Nothing like waiting till the last minute! Looking forward to seeing you!

Queen Lizz said...

I had a similar experience, where I spent quite a few years in the corporate world, and having to dress up every day for work. Now, I telecommute every day, and yes, I admit that I work in my PJ's. However, I used to be quite thin, and wore sizes 3/4-6/8. Now, I wear 8-10, and most people like me with a little more meat on the bones. Nevertheless, I am left with quite a closet full, and after being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and an L5-S1 vertebrae compression last year, I really don't have much energy to clean out the closet. *SIGH* I am going to do it, though!

Leann Sweeney said...

I understand the fibromyalgia thing (got that along with a host of "invisible illnesses"). Cleaning a closet just isn't high on the priority list when you are fatigued to the bone. One day they will figure this stupid illness out!

Aurian said...

I really have to clean out my closet of clothes I never wear, or even have never worn. It is not something I am looking forward to. But I'll have to, and soon, as I need the closet space for my boyfriend to use ...

Leann Sweeney said...

Good reason to clean out that closet, Aurian!!

Anonymous said...

I've been cleaning out closets lately, too. Since I retired, I have more time to do so and I wanted to donate clothing I knew I wouldn't be wearing anymore. I donate to Purple Heart because they will take almost anything that can still be used and they pick up the donation.

See you at Malice, can hardly wait!!!

Shirley in Baltimore

Leann Sweeney said...

Oh, shirley! Cannot wait for Malice!