I am in the third week of my new job. That means I have now worn all my best quality and best matching “outfits” to work. It’s during week three that the mediocre stuff comes out of the closet. Those weird-fitting collared shirts that pooch out in the stomach and make me look 30 pounds heavier. The sweaters that are a little too short and expose my belt. The purple shirt.
And for the fact that we are official in Spring now, I’m taking full advantage of my current “Spring Cleaning” mindset: This week as I wear the clothes in my closet that I don’t wear often, at the end of each day I am choosing officially whether to get rid of it (by giving it away) or keeping it. For example, today I wore my khaki vest to work. I think I’ve realized I like the idea of vests more than I actually like wearing them. When I got home today, the khaki vest went into the give-way bag.
For me, I often keep items of clothes too long because of my pride of how long I’m able to keep them around. But styles change and so do the ways things are supposed to fit. Jeans from five years ago are going to be lighter and baggier than jeans I buy now. Some clothes are nearly timeless; most are not. Feel free to join me in my closet purging campaign: