100 lb. Club - Cleaning out the closet!

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05-18-2009, 11:12 PM
Tonight I had a fun job. First I emptied my closet of all my clothes that are too big. The closet was almost empty!

Then I got smaller size clothes out of storage from the last (and only) time I lost a large amount of weight. I had waited too long to get those clothes out. I was surprised that most of them are too big but there was enough clothes that kind of fit to last me to help me get by for awhile.

I have only 4 tops that are too small now. After that, my closet will be empty. I never thought that I would be happy to have an empty closet! I am excited and looking forward to the day that I have to go buy clothes because everything I have ever owned is too big!

05-18-2009, 11:24 PM
Oooh, I *badly* need to do this, too! I'm such a packrat that I never like to get rid of anything... Even the clothes that are just ridiculously too large on me now. I've been using the heck out of my trusty ol' sewing machine to take in everything that I can, but there are some things that I just can't fix--but I can't bring myself to get rid of them, either! Plus it doesn't help that I'm still buying NEW things for myself while keeping some of the old stuff, so I just end up with tons and tons of clothing and not enough storage space, or even enough time to wear all of it, LOL! :lol:

Something tells me that eventually over the Summer I will have to force myself to perform one big clothing dump at my local thrift store... And actually - *gulp* - throw away the things that can't be salvaged! :eek:

05-18-2009, 11:26 PM
:congrat: What a WONDERFUL problem to have! I blew through some clothes I had put away for later too. It is maddening, but exhilarating at the same time.

Don't forget 2nd had shops as you look to populate those empty hangers :D

05-18-2009, 11:39 PM
I can't bear to get rid of any of those clothes yet either. They went into a closet in the spare bedroom. I know that I should get rid of all the too big clothes but I am afraid too. I have promised myself that after I have maintained for awhile they will really go!

05-18-2009, 11:59 PM
I am excited and looking forward to the day that I have to go buy clothes because everything I have ever owned is too big!

OMG me too me too me too!!!!!!!!! I have a basement FULL of 16s, a few 14s, one size 12 blazer and one size 13 skirt. I cannot WAIT for them ALL to be TOOOOO BIIIIIIIIIIIIG!!!!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Keep on keepin on!

05-19-2009, 12:38 AM
Congrats time2lose! I sooo can't wait until can dig into my, well, old garbage bags, for the smaller sizes that I packed up last time we moved. There's this pair of 18 dress capris (yes, this is a smaller size to me) I bought years ago that I have never worn. Never!

Have fun re-filling your closet!

05-19-2009, 02:27 AM
Yay, for you!! That is so awesome

05-19-2009, 03:20 AM
Congratulations, it's a great problem to have!

05-19-2009, 08:02 AM
I know that I should get rid of all the too big clothes but I am afraid too. I have promised myself that after I have maintained for awhile they will really go!

There is nothing to be afraid of, afterall, it is up to you my dear. Promise yourself NOW, right this minute that you WILL maintain. Make a vow - a pact - a pledge - a something - a commitment.

Reading your post brought back memories for me. It was so very emotional for me, packing up my clothes and hauling them out. But it was a GREAT feeling.

Just think how much fun it will be filling up your closets with beautiful new (small) clothing. Ahhh - it's the BEST!!!

05-19-2009, 09:00 AM
I love doing this! So much so that I was really disappointed the next week when I couldn't do it again.

time2lose - can you at least throw out the ones you don't like? You know, the clothes you bought just because they fit. I enjoyed throwing those ones out:)

05-19-2009, 09:13 AM
Yippee, TimeToLose!

You have made such amazing progress and your closet really shows it! Congratulations on a wonderful NSV --- I see a shopping spree in your very-near future. (And THAT should be a lot of fun, lady!)

05-19-2009, 09:26 AM
Congrats on having THAT problem! I can't wait to get rid of this stuff!

05-19-2009, 09:52 AM
Thanks everyone!

I had my son haul the old clothes upstairs to the spare bedroom while I was working on my closet. I looked in there this morning and he had just dumped them on the bed instead of hanging them in the closet. After sleeping on this and reading all your posts, I think I will get rid of most of the clothes. I have a friend from work who asked if she could have some of them and the rest can go to Goodwill. It will seem strange to see someone else wearing my clothes. Now my son can haul them back down the stairs!

Robin, you are right. I believe this time I am succeeding with my weight loss because I have made a commitment to do whatever I need to do in order to lose this weight. The commitment to maintaining is just as important.

05-19-2009, 10:35 AM
This is so awesome to read about!!! Thanks for sharing!

05-19-2009, 11:10 AM
Hey, I did this over the weekend too! I had 2 33 gallon trash bags full of size 18 dress clothes, jeans and tops and 2 1/2 of the 13 gallon bags with the 16's that don't fit (some still do) I gave half to my neighbor and half to my aunt!

It was great! I have lots of storage space now as I have almost no clothes. I'm trying to hit yard sales, thrift stores etc. I'm trying not to buy new unless I just have to as I'm not at goal yet, so hate to waste money! Still, it's so nice knowing that they're gone! This way if my pants start to get tight I know I need to buckle down. There's no safety net of larger sizes around (that's the plan anyway)

05-19-2009, 11:39 AM
I did this over the weekend. I put aside one pair of size 26 jeans, one pair of 3x (26-28) shorts, a 4x (26-28) blouse, and a size 26 long sleeved tee shirt as a reminder of where I had been. These were put in a small rubbermaid tote and up they went on a shelf in the closet. I filled 5 trash bags full of clothes and off they went to charity. My bureaus are "mostly" empty too. It felt pretty darned good. Many of the items were hardly worn. I hope someone who needs them gets them.

I do have enough stuff in my current size, but I have *nothing* in a size smaller than I am wearing now. Nothing to wear if I go down a size. Could get scarey...hide the kids! ;) :D :eek:

05-19-2009, 11:43 AM
:congrat: That is a great! I think I will do the same actually. The more I see those clothes, the more I think, well what if...but not anymore. I think I'll take them out of the house and take them to goodwill, because I will never allow myself to get this big again. Thanks!

05-19-2009, 11:49 AM
How cool! I haven't done this myself. I was able to get some shirts and pants out that were too small last summer, but I can wear them this summer.

It's a good feeling.

05-19-2009, 12:01 PM
Congratulations on this big step and enjoy all the pretty new clothes that are to come!

05-20-2009, 01:11 AM
Just think how much fun it will be filling up your closets with beautiful new (small) clothing. Ahhh - it's the BEST!!!
Oooh, you're not kidding!! God knows *I* have been enjoying this aspect of the journey to the FULLEST possible extent! I don't think I have ever been quite so obsessed with clothing in my whole entire life! :o My favorite way of putting it is that I've become like my own life-size Barbie doll, and I can't get enough of putting together outfits and dressing her up in the prettiest clothing I can find! :lol: But seriously, lately it seems like nothing gives me quite as big of a boost as wearing something that makes me feel good--it's an instant shot of confidence! Yep, all these new clothes are gonna be the end of me... :dizzy:

05-20-2009, 08:50 AM
Congratulations, it's a great problem to have!

Well said....Just recently, I was able to move alot of stuff as well. Everyday I find something else that I can fit into and also find stuff that even if it fits...I would never wear it because it is so out of style. Gotta go shopping.