Tough Talk Tip: clean your closet

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Welcome to the start of Tough Talk Tips.

I know today's is a toughie, because with our yo-yo dieting, we've taught ourselves to hang onto clothes that become too big for us "just in case."

That stops now. No more just in case.

To aid you in this new thought pattern, go through your closets today. Pull out anything that's too big for you. Make a pile. I know that skirt is cute and it actually hurts to take it off its hanger. I know you only bought those jeans two months ago and they cost a fortune. I know your friends complimented you every time you wore that floral blouse.

Toss them into the pile. Make yourself do it. No more going backward. Your weight loss will be permanent, and you will not sabotage yourself by hanging onto large sizes.

Anything that's too big goes. And while you're at it, just to make yourself feel good, add clothing you haven't worn in more than a year, even if it fits, or that's so out of style, you'll never be seen in it again.

If you have family or friends you think would love a couple of your items, by all means. If your church has a clothing ministry, add to its collection.

Otherwise, haul it to the nearest Goodwill, Value Village, Salvation Army, etc.

It's a big step, but a necessary one. You'll feel refreshed when you're done, invigorated even. It's a cathartic process that will lead to a new mindset: You will never need clothes that large again.

You need room in your closet for the smaller sizes you'll be adding.
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    I'm right on this one! Every time I put on an item that is big I take it off, toss it into a black bag and try on another one that fits. At the end of the week (no I don't do it at the end of the month where I might go back through it) I take it away! FAR AWAY. I have one pair of fat pants and that's because I need something to show people how far I've come. I've chosen workout pants that I won't want to wear outside of the gym so no, I won't be putting them on to go to the mall in...I guess I'll have to just put down that cup cake, work out and get into that smaller size...

    4781 days ago
    Right now I am trying to find stuff to wear and it is not fun. I dont even go in my closet nothing fits-- it will take losses up to 100 pounds before they do!
    4782 days ago
    Did that last emoticon

    I just love you to pieces! And you called me a motivator! Wow, look at you now!

    I'm not worthy, I'm not worthy...but I'm so glad you're in my life and that we're friends!

    Now that I know you're blogging...ahem...I'll be reading every one of them!

    Pami xoxo
    4783 days ago
    I've done this one already. Just took a load to Goodwill a couple weeks ago.

    As I get too small to wear the clothes I wear now, I'm going to take another load.

    Great tip!
    4783 days ago

    I have just done this in the last month or so and there are only things that fit or the really cute stuff that is only 1 or 2 sizes to small (working for it)

    Love the tip!
    4783 days ago
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    My sister is about 15 pounds behind me in weight loss. So, from now on she gets a care package from me every time I drop a size!! emoticon
    4784 days ago
    I have been putting this off for too long now. The bar in my closet is about to break from the big, heavy clothes that I can't wear any more. I will start on it tonight!

    Thanks for the motivation, Dori!!!

    4784 days ago
    I started doing this the other day too! I still have more to go through. Thanks for the reminder!
    4784 days ago
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    OMG! dori, do you have a crystal ball? i cleaned out my closet on sunday, the stuff was picked-up yesterday! too, funny.
    4784 days ago
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    I've already done this! I just have to get them to the Goodwill store now...
    4784 days ago
    Great idea!
    4784 days ago
    I need to do this every couple of months!
    4784 days ago
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