As I got into the job I got a surge of energy and decided to really clean my closet out. I went through all four of my totes, plus a steamer trunk. I organized everything by what fits now and 2 sizes down that I decided to keep. Everything larger or smaller went into bags for donation. I also got rid of things that I haven't worn in a season or two, regardless of size. In the end, I took 4 bags of clothing and 2 bags of shoes to a donation bin.
Three and a half hours later, it looked fabulous and I felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders! Amazing what happens when you get rid of the skeletons in the closet, which is basically what all those really small sizes were. Everytime I opened the closet door, I felt like those clothes were taunting me.
Here's a photo for you. Shoes and clothing on the left all the way to the end - and yes, besides the shoes on the floor rack, that entire top shelf is boxes of shoes.. Steamer trunk at end (it's holding all my goal size clothes!), along with a tote full of various handbags. Other totes (hey - Mr. Helen has some totes too!) and storage on the right. But doesn't it look so neat and organized? Ahhhhhh....
The only issue was between getting rid of things that were too big, or small, or plain old worn out (I threw that stuff away), I was left with only 2 dresses and 2 shirts and 1 pair of casual slacks that fit me. This left me with the task of quickly finding some slacks, shirts, blazers, etc., as our weather is finally making the turn into full-on Autumn. I made up my mind that I wasn't going to spend a lot of money because I'm hoping once I get going on whatever plan the specialist will have for me, I will quickly be able to transition to the next size down tote which is full of things. I decided I would buy 2 pairs of black slacks, 1 grey, and 1 brown; 5-10 shirts/tops, and a couple of sweaters and blazers. That is what I have been working on this week. Sunday, I had to make a run to BJ's which is our warehouse store. They have clothes there. There is one particular brand of Diane Von Furstenberg slacks that I know fits and when I went there on Sunday, I found just one black pair in my size - yay! Monday evening after work I went out and lucked into a sale at Macy's where I found grey and brown, then walked over to JC Penney and found another black. Slacks done.
Wednesday after work I went out on the hunt for blouses and tops. I decided to go to Burlington Coat Factory as I've had good luck finding blazers there. This is a store that is definitely hit or miss but if you hit, you'll hit the jackpot. I was lucky and did just that. I didn't pay more than $15 for any one of the tops I found. Hurray for bargains! I also scored one black blazer which I did not photograph. Since I wear so much dark base colors I try to find tops with zing. And may I just say after taking photos of all these things, I have newfound respect for catalog clothing stylists!
I also found a couple of silky tops... the pink one is actually more of a dark rose color but all the color correction in the world couldn't seem to fix it - and look at the detail on the neckline of the purple one.
I also had to breeze through the shoe department - naturellement - and found 2 pairs of flats to replace some of those I had gotten rid of. I actually wear flats quite a bit in the winter with jeans and with dress slacks, depending on how much I'll be on my feet. I liked this one style so much I bought it in Pewter and in Black Suede.
All in all I think I had a very successful week and believe it or not, all of these new things cost me just under $200. While it doesn't thrill me to spend money on things that are a size I don't want to be and I hope are temporary, I feel so much better mentally having things that fit well and also look professional for work.
To top it all off? A great fall manicure.