Summer of Renewal: Jackets, sweaters, and cardigans, oh my!
Living in Florida, it is so unnecessary to have a bunch of jackets, sweatshirts, cardigans, and sweaters, but for some reason, I do: fifty-seven to be exact. That's 57. Wow! Some of these jackets date back to 1986, like my jean jacket from junior high school and 1988 for the jacket when I lettered in Chorus in high school. Some jackets my grandmother bought me from the Blair catalog and some my father gave me for Christmas in the early 90's. Some were more recently purchased by me for various reasons and from different stores ranging from the mall to the sports store to the thrift store. Included in this pile are blazers for my business power dress-suits and even a Snuggie for the cold night air (a total Christmas gift). Whatever the reason I have them, and no matter how long I have had them, it is now time to deal with it all.
In the sweatshirt department, I kept only 3: navy blue, salmon, and a gray Old Navy.
Simplifying is not always simple when you are going through years of accumulated possessions. I am finding that the less I keep, the easier it is. When I've found that even after editing I'm still frustrated by the amount I see, I go through the category again and put more in the donate pile. I don't want to store extra stuff because it sorta looks good on me. I am keeping only what I really love and what makes me feel great. If I don't feel great here at my house in front of the mirror, I will never wear it out of the house. Clothes are meant to be worn, not to decorate the closet with memories. Editing and simplifying: these are the goals.
Health, joy, and peace. Let them be yours.