That's not quite the truth. My weight loss goal deadline was Feb. 28 and I still had three pounds to lose. I'm sad to say I've made little progress there but I've also taken most of this week off from the gym, due to an all-consuming head cold which started small and has now taken over my life.
Example: Yesterday, I was at T. J. Maxx looking for a pair of pants that might actually fit me (pleased to say everything I tried on was one size smaller than what I've worn for the past decade). As I wandered the store I was coughing and sneezing (trying to avoid people in general) and then the nasal drip started. For some reason I didn't have any tissues in my purse and so I resorted to the back of my hand technique to avoid looking some drippy nosed 6 year old. This went on for awhile until I happened to really look at my hands. I'd mistaken a nose bleed for nasal drip and now it was all "Out, damn'd spot! out, I say!" When I looked in the bathroom mirror I was aghast--blood on my cheek and chin, a little on my shirt, all over my hands... Oh my. I can't imagine what other customers might have thought. I wonder if anyone shooed their children away from the crazy lady and I just missed it. Cold meds always leave me in a bit of a fog.
Pardon the digression. Where was I? Oh yes. My clothing purge began a month ago and this weekend, as I started to do my seasonal shift in my closet, I managed to weed out another huge stack of goodies. I hate my closet and I hate that I have too many clothes to fit in it, that I have a tiny dresser that is more decoration than useful and that I have other nooks and crannies throughout the apt where I have various clothing stashed away. Swimsuits in a box in the closet. Work out clothes in my craft room. And it was soon to be all my fall & wintery sweaters stuffed in under-the-bed storage bags.
That's when I snapped. At least 1/3 of my crappy closet was filled with items I never wear (old bridesmaid dresses and the like) I had a plastic container filled with pantyhose. I don't remember the last time I wore pantyhose. Do people still wear such things? I threw them all away. If I need a pair, I'll buy them. I pretty much went through all my clothing, item by item and made some tough decisions. The bridesmaid dresses are stashed in the craft room closet and now my transitional clothing and spring/summer stuff is side by side. I set all my wintery stuff aside and created a stackable unit for the top shelf of the closet and now those items can rest up high until they are needed again. I reorganized my workout gear and now that's all easily accessible in shelf system that hangs from the closet bar. By shifting things in the closet to the dresser and some things from the dresser to the closet, I have a system that makes sense to me. I feel much MUCH better about the whole affair and I actually have every last lick of normal clothing I own (as opposed to costume, and bridesmaid dresses) in my closet or in my dresser and it's all in my bedroom. I'm pretty excited.
I would take a picture and post it, but that seems a bit silly and also I am going back to Target today to pick up a small 2 drawer unit for the floor of the closet so I'm not QUITE done, but I will be today, at least until the next purge. (think: purses, jewelry, swimsuits, summer shorts... )
******UPDATED: added links with pictures of my too small (still somewhat messy looking) closet... though it's organized perfectly to suit my needs.