I’ve been cleaning again, as some of you know. Part of my cleaning was to clear some more items out of my closet and drawers that either didn’t fit, I never wore, or that were worn out. I managed to clear out two large bags of items that I took to TES and I stored the winter clothes in a tub in my closet. I’m used the Project 333 method to look at my clothes, what I really wear, and added a few pieces found at a great sale at Talbots to round our my current wardrobe.
This sounds like I have cleared physical clutter, and I have. But part of this particular project also involved clearing out some mental clutter. The fact is that I still had these items in my closet:
These were the two items left from when I began my weight loss journey five years ago. They were too small at the time. I’ve come a long ways since then, even if I have re-gained some weight this year. I thought that I was holding on to them to remind me of my progress but as I looked at these two items, plus one more t-shirt that I had kept, I found that I felt the message was I might need them again. I never plan on wearing that pair of jeans or that t-shirt again. So I finally let them go and let go of a fear of returning to the horribly unhealthy state I was in when I wore them. I am not claiming that I won’t feel that fear again because I am human.
For perspective here is a photo of the gray t-shirt with a current shirt over top:
I think my story is important and that remembering how far I have come is also important. What I have realized is that I can’t and don’t need to dwell of what I used to be. I am no longer that person. My hope is that I will continue in my current healthier lifestyle for many years to come and that I can continue to learn and help others through my current practices.