Like many women over 50, I’ve reached the stage in life when I wish to simplify. Although I was never a collector type, I did take my share of trips to the mall over the years. A moderate dose of retail therapy was often my drug of choice… a bit of a buying spree (nothing too crazy) gave me a boost on my gloomier days. Now, however, when I survey my closets, I realize that enough truly is enough!
For many women our age, closets become the repository of years of way too much accumulated stuff. Memories—both good and bad—are held in our clothing. But, truth be told, sentimental value doesn’t really reside in fabric. So… now is time to get tough and ask yourself these hard, but necessary, questions:
- Does this particular item of clothing go with your lifestyle and activities today?
- Does it fit or has your body changed enough that the lines of the garment have become unflattering?
- Does the color still compliment your skin tone and hair color?
- Does the item reflect the message you want to send to others about who you are now?
- When was the last time you wore it?
- Do you have several other items in the same shade and shape so you have multiple items that look like this one?
- Do you no longer feel good when you put it on?
And, if you truly are ready to start disposing of the crap you’ve accumulated over the years, you will reap the benefits in several ways:
You can sell the garment at your local resale shop.
- You can donate it to a worthy cause and make certain someone who needs it and can make use of it will have it.
- You can hand it off to a family member or friend who will enjoy wearing it.
- You can cut it up and make a throw pillow. (Okay… I’m getting a little too Martha Stewart with that suggestion.)
But—whatever you decide to do—you can’t help but feel lighter, brighter and happily rid of things that no longer serve you today. At the very least (should the TV channel, TLC decide to reprise their show), it will help you avoid being selected as the next star of Hoarding: Buried Alive!