Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Clothes & Friends

Oh clothes, how do I have so many of you?  And why do I feel like you are all my friends?  

I have my old high school and college friends that aren't quite as cool anymore but have such sentimental value. 
There's my social event friends who only come out on special occasions, and while the memories are usually great, they are usually a bit uncomfortable and make me miss my homebody friends. You know the ones...yoga pants, tees, sweatshirts.  My bffs.  I miss you guys now that I have to dress "professionally" every day.  But we'll never part, my buddies, and on weekends, you're always the first ones I turn to.   

Then there's the friends I made while pregnant and postpartum.  Oh you guys are very forgiving and easy going.  The only problem is that you're not always the best at encouraging me to get back into shape.  

But that's what my work friends are for.  I would have to say that we're really more acquaintances.  We get along, but sometimes you judge me too harshly and don't leave room for me at the lunch table.  That's when I sneak back to my postpartum or homebody friends.  They'll always take me back, no questions asked.

This weekend, I decided that I needed to break up with some of my pals.  I have too many!  I needed a clean start and I only wanted to keep the friends who make me feel good, push me to be healthy and fit, and don't always talk about the good old days.  It was very difficult letting some of you go.  But you're just not that good for me anymore.  There may come a day when I wish I hadn't lost touch, but I'll just have to put on my big girl pants and go out and meet other people.  

 So I purged, and cleaned, and donated and sold.  I even sorted through all of my kids bureaus.  After 5 hours of hard work, I donated 6 bags of clothes, "sold" (gave to the second hand store to try to sell) 2 bags, stored one bag of 18 month clothes, and passed along a huge bag of girl clothes to my niece.

And it felt so good.  Seeing my closet and my kid's rooms makes me feel like a million bucks.  Isn't it interesting how in giving, we receive?  I hope I can stick to my No New Friends Clothes Policy for awhile.  I've got some reconnecting and catching up to do with a lot of old buddies instead.


  1. I feel your pain, Colleen. I too was hanging onto special outfits...I actually had saved all the Baptism outfits I wore for each child!

    Good for you for parting ways...I did the same. Or at least I tried to, until Madison squealed with delight at some of them. I was so excited! My sixteen year old daughter wanted some of my clothes?! Yep...she did...because she informed me they were VINTAGE!!!!! : )

  2. I totally agree, nothing like an organized closet! enjoy and good luck keeping it clean.

  3. No new friends policy. Hah! Love it!

  4. Oh man, I hear ya. Right now, my closet is fairly bare and I keep adding a piece here and there, but really don't care for A LOT of the current styles. I started last week going through the mounds of pregnancy/postpartum/bigger/higher weight clothes that I've worn and ditched over the last year or two. Hard to part with them if "maybe" one day I'll need them (for pregnancy, not because I intend on getting fluffy). It does feel good to part ways or pass them on, cuz those things take up a whole lot of room!!

    Good for you, Colleen!!

  5. impressed! Also envious of a big closet! You are being a good influence! I need to do the same cleaning here!!

  6. Seeing as I have gone from a size 22/24 to a 14/16, I think it is time for some breaking up!!! It is hard tho because I don't want to buy clothes yet as I have more to go...sigh...but some of my things are literally falling off. I think it is time. :)

  7. This is great! I can't even walk in MY (well, "our") closet because it's overflowing with 5 different sizes of clothes and all kinds of hand me down maternity clothes - the ones I'll most likely be wearing for awhile ;).
    You are so good at being organized!

  8. I get a sort of high from getting rid of clothes and stuff! Nothing better!


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