On my to-do list for this weekend was the dreaded chore of cleaning out my closet. I'm not one of the fortunate women with a closet big enough to hold my entire wardrobe (small that it is), so each summer and winter finds me sorting through clothes, and exchanging out warm items for cooler items. This year, however, there were no bags and boxes of clothing in my attic to unpack for fall/winter. When I packed up the winter duds at the beginning of summer, I took the boxes straight down to the local Goodwill store, and got rid of them forever. Fat clothes. How come that is such a difficult thing to do? For years and years, I have held on to favorite items, resolving to "one day wear this again". Buried underneath five years of cramming stuff in my attic, I know there are boxes of tiny little jeans that have probably dry rotted by now. Because it has been many, many years since anything about me was tiny. At the beginning of this summer, I was a newly banded patient, full of hope and optimism about getting the weight off, and finally truly believed that it would happen. My band gave me the confidence I needed to be brave and... get rid of those clothes. The summer clothing that I replaced them with were also of the larger size, and throughout the summer they became looser and looser on my shrinking body, until I finally had to break down and buy a few things to get me through. What a shock to realize, now that it's time to once again drag out the winter clothes, that I have NOTHING TO WEAR!!! I work from home, in my jammies) so business casual clothing isn't an issue for me. Well, except for the rare time when I must go into the office, then I must adhere to a fairly rigid dress code, but thankfully that's not very often.
I'm afraid I didn't get to check off every item on my to-do list for the weekend. But I did get my closet cleaned out. And now I have even more boxes for Goodwill. My closet is looking very bare these days. But even without my band in place, I still have the resolve that I won't be needing those clothes any more. Yes, indeed. It is time they come Out Of The Closet!!!