Weight Loss Support - Trying to decide if I should get rid of clothes that don't fit anymore




HungryHungryHippo
08-02-2012, 02:34 AM
It would be so liberating to drop them at Goodwill. I'd like them out of my closet, and out of my life. I've lost the weight and regained it before, though, and I definitely can't afford to buy smaller clothes, then buy fat clothes again. But if they weren't on a shelf in my closet waiting for me, maybe I would be extra diligent. I'm thinking the safe thing is to pack them up, out of sight, and then, after a year, get rid of them if I've kept the weight off. But I REALLY want a clean break now....What have you guys done?


ilidawn
08-02-2012, 02:47 AM
I kept mine forever too because I can't afford clothes often but realized that's why I always regained. I'm just finally donating the too bigs now and using it as motivation:)

Kitcherella
08-02-2012, 03:10 AM
Maybe you could do a sex and the city movie thing (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eo3vHKimpi4) and decide what to keep (out of sight) and what to donate/toss. That's what I plan to do :)


pink61091
08-02-2012, 03:20 AM
Idk lol Ive been big my whole life and I know its gonna be hard for me, but my mom is a little bigger than me (shes also dieting), and ive been giving them to her lol.

Campana
08-02-2012, 03:28 AM
I like Kitcherella's idea. Last time I lost weight I gave most of my clothes away and now 3 years later I ended up buying some clothes (because I gained the weight) However I still have my clothes from when I lost weight and that clothes I am not giving away. I will fit into it soon!!

LeilaJey
08-02-2012, 05:19 AM
I always kept different clothes so that I could wear them again. I never intentionally lost weight I was just naturally up and down depending on the time in my life. This time I'm getting rid of ALL of the big stuff. Why keep it? Regaining the weight isn't some random thing that will happen unless you let it. You are the one who has the power to never regain, so if you don't want to don't keep the clothes. For me wearing the clothes I kept aside only kept me in denial about weight gains and made it ok.

Alyj89
08-02-2012, 08:11 AM
Ill be getting rid of mine. Really, it's nothing special at all - I hadn't shopped for clothes that were nice in many many many MANY years. I hate it all, it already looks "bad" on me after 37lbs lost, even things I bought last month are a little frumpy (now that sucks). The only item I'll be holding onto in the end is a gorgeous coat I got from Macy's that cost me $100 last winter. It's already too big but I just love how it looks :( hoping it might be cute anyway. I got to wear it a whole 3 times last winter because we basically skipped winter and it was very mild and it's such a warm coat. So that was disappointing. It's off-white with a belt and comes to my knees, while the back flares out in the popular high-low style going on lately. It's such a pretty coat.

freelancemomma
08-02-2012, 08:29 AM
It would be so liberating to drop them at Goodwill. I'd like them out of my closet, and out of my life. I've lost the weight and regained it before, though, and I definitely can't afford to buy smaller clothes, then buy fat clothes again. But if they weren't on a shelf in my closet waiting for me, maybe I would be extra diligent. I'm thinking the safe thing is to pack them up, out of sight, and then, after a year, get rid of them if I've kept the weight off. But I REALLY want a clean break now....What have you guys done?


Similar thoughts and dilemma here. I did get rid of my biggest clothes, but I've kept three boxes of my best "intermediate" clothes in the basement. I intend to take them to a consignment store, but haven't gotten around to it yet. I know I'd feel better psychologically if they were GONE from my life.

F.

Dreamer2012
08-02-2012, 08:49 AM
I think when I do lose the weight and reach my goal, I will get rid of them. Probably not all at once because I don't have the money to go out and buy thousands of euro's worth of clothes all at once so I might try pick up new jeans and tops as I go along nearer to my goal. I expect to be a couple of dress sizes less than I am now when I reach my goal so they will be too big on me to wear.

bargoo
08-02-2012, 09:09 AM
Out of sight and out of my life ! I felt that keeping the "fat" clothes meant that I would need to wear them again ! No, thanks !

Steph7409
08-02-2012, 09:32 AM
Not having clothes that fit has never stopped me from gaining weight, but I agree that getting rid of too-big clothes is liberating. I've donated many bags to Goodwill but still have a few tubs of skirts and dresses that would be a pain to replace. I figure I can donate them next year.

For what it's worth, I recently read an article on what the Salvation Army does with donated clothes. If items don't sell in a month, they get bundled up and sold to Africa (to be sold or turned into rags). That prompted me to donate only current season clothes. I've got some fall/winter stuff waiting to go, probably in September.

GardenBurglar
08-02-2012, 09:58 AM
I say get rid of 'em! It feels so good!!

I have really negative feelings about my biggest clothes. I bought them and wore them because they hid my body, covered without clinging, but not because I loved them or thought they made me look cute. Most of them are black or dark grey with long sleeves that I would wear even when I was boiling hot rather than show any more off my body or wear any colors or patterns that might bring attention to my body.

That's why it has been incredibly liberating for me to send all of them off to goodwill as soon as they show signs of being too roomy. As I lose I am also only buying intermediate sized clothes at Goodwill to keep costs down. Thankfully I did save a drawer of my favorite small sized clothes for motivation, so I know I have those waiting for me. I have actually been trying some of them on (or as far on as I can) from time to time as a way to see my progress.

I feel that keeping the larger sizes around is almost implicit permission to regain or a physical manifestation of the doubt we may have about our ability to lose the weight and keep it off for good. You don't need either of those things hanging around.

Kery
08-02-2012, 10:09 AM
I gave mine away (or threw away those who were really too old/stretched/torn at the thighs).

At first I also thought I'd keep them "in case I regain", but I realized that 1) this is a mindset for failure, 2) it takes too much room in my wardrobe, 3) those clothes were ugly anyway. Now I don't have any choice: when my clothes start to feel tight, it means I've gained 2-3 kilos, and it's time to be careful. It's actually pretty 'easy' to lose those in 2-3 weeks, compared to how hard it'd be if I let 10 or 15 creep back without being too worried because I still have "clothes that fit" in my wardrobe...

(Also, I did the same with elastic waist jeans and similar clothes. Because those can stretch quite a bit before you realize the damage done in terms of weight gain.)

Madame Souza
08-02-2012, 11:06 AM
Yes, donate your clothes. It is so freeing to get them out of your life and when you are donating, you can go shopping at the thrift store for some new things.

bellona
08-02-2012, 11:02 PM
Yep, when I got down to a 10 I purged everything bigger from my closet. I've never regained that weight, and I don't plan on it! I used to keep my bigger clothes, and soon enough I'd fit in them. Now if my pants get a bit tight I know either to get my act together or to get ready to buy a whole new wardrobe...I usually pick the former!

Prim2012
08-02-2012, 11:15 PM
I donated my clothes once they became 2-3 sizes too big. I didn't want to make it too easy to gradually get back in them which is what I did in the past, not even realizing how much weight I had put on. Now, when my clothes fit a bit snug, I think about the money, giving up my favorite clothes, and how I will feel buying up a size. This usually gives me the incentive I need to buckle down on the eating and hit the gym.

LuvMyMr
08-04-2012, 03:44 PM
Out of sight and out of my life ! I felt that keeping the "fat" clothes meant that I would need to wear them again ! No, thanks !

THANK YOU!! I kept my fat clothes and regained again because mentally or subconsciously or whatever I was thinking, well if I regain I have the fat clothes. Wrong Move! Never again. When I do lose the weight those clothes will be going. My hubby has told me that he will give me a nice piece of money to go and buy new smaller clothes and I said OK! lol. I also am not buying anymore clothes in my current size as I call them, fat clothes. No way. It is all going bye bye when I reach goal!

kaplods
08-04-2012, 05:33 PM
I've done it both ways, keeping fat clothes "just in case" and getting rid of them the second they became too loose. No matter which choice I made, I regretted it, and ultimately it didn't seem to either prevent or encourage weight gain.

My new strategy works much better, I SELL my clothes when they get too big AND I find an adequate replacement. I sell high and buy low (selling at popular consignment shops, and buying at second-hand shops, garage sales, and bcoutlet.com clearance).

For example, a couple months ago, I bought 7 pairs of pants for about $22 including s/h, so only about $3 per pair. I know from experience that if these pants still look good when I'm done with them, my share of the consigment will be about $3 to $6. This way, most of my clothes end up being "free" in that I usually get back what I pay for them when it's time to sell them. Even at my highest weight, I've been able to "break even" on my clothing, so I have no reason at all to save them.

I'm on a tight enough budget that I HAVE to sell my too-big clothes, or wear them until I save enough for replacements. Selling them just makes the most sense, because it provides the cash to buy clothes that fit.

I do try to find clothes that will look decent through a size-change or two. For example, those pants I bought have a drawstring waist, and are a very soft, drapey knit. I've bought the style before, so I know that they're generously cut. I bought 2X even though I wear a 3X, and they fit perfectly for a closer-fitting look, but will still be attractive when I'm legitimately in a 2X. And they're comfy enough to probably become jammies when I get closer to 1X. And if there's any life at all in them after that, I can probably still get $2 to $3 through consigment or garage sale.

I've been more excited about buying clothes this way than when I shopped in malls and department stores, because nothing beats the excitement of getting a $200 sweater or dress for under $10 (sometimes with the original tags still on).

I do keep clothes until the appropriate season though. I don't sell them as soon as I shrink out of them unless the clothes are stillin season, because when you sell clothes off-season or at the end of season, you don't get as much for them. So the summer clothes I'm shrinking out of now, I will keep until next spring, so I can get the most money for them. In the next month or so, I'll be selling the sweaters and long-sleeve blouses that I shrunk out of last winter.

I LOVE consigment shops. They're win/win. If you're in the plus-sizes your clothes sell well at good prices, and if you're in the mainstream sizes, the choices and prices are incredible.

When I was in 5X and 6X, I didn't find much in the consigment and thrift shops (and bought on bcoutlet), but I could sell my clothes very easily,n and they sold quickly at incredible (to me) prices.

As I'm getting smaller, my clothes aren't selling for quite as high a price, but I'm finding more clothes at much better prices. I'm still breaking even (or better). If I really worked at it, I think I could make a profit, as my current efforts mostly break even (the clothes I sell, pay for virtually all of the clothes I buy).

jenn23
08-04-2012, 05:37 PM
I donated my clothes once they became 2-3 sizes too big. I didn't want to make it too easy to gradually get back in them which is what I did in the past, not even realizing how much weight I had put on. Now, when my clothes fit a bit snug, I think about the money, giving up my favorite clothes, and how I will feel buying up a size. This usually gives me the incentive I need to buckle down on the eating and hit the gym.

You are so nice person, if i succeed i will donate mine too.

KittyKatFan
08-04-2012, 06:49 PM
My boss believes that her biggest success comes from donating her old clothes. When the pants get tight, it is her sign that she needs to lose weight again. It also keeps her motivated to stay slim.

I have kept my clothes. I put them in a storage box.

caryesings
08-04-2012, 07:12 PM
Every time I dropped a size I donated or trashed clothes I had been wearing up to that point. I've now maintained my weight loss for 2 years and there was a period where my current clothes got tight. It got my attention and action taken immediately, no "oh well" and reaching for something else.

luckystreak
08-04-2012, 09:56 PM
you have to. I hated doing it but you have to believe in yourself more than that. theres no way you can let yourself go back.

give it away. its like a final "goodbye" its a great feeling.

linJber
08-05-2012, 09:09 PM
Donate them, sell them, alter them - just don't keep the fat clothes in the house and available to you! I altered my jeans twice as I went from over 250 (size 22 - 24 W) to about 200 (regular size 18). I altered knit tops. I gave everything else away. Then I threw away the twice altered clothes. I'm fortunate that my work clothes are very casual, so I got by with very little until I was down to where I am now. Just don't keep the big clothes around. It like you're saying you know you'll need them again. Allowing it. Henry Ford said, "Whether you think you can or can't, you're right." We have to think we can.

Lin

Misti in Seattle
08-05-2012, 09:34 PM
I am keeping one of my biggest outfits... but the rest is all going outa here as I lose!!! In fact I have already been buying clothes that are on sale in smaller sizes and looking forward to the day I can pull some of it out and wear it. In fact, I did that on something just this week.

caramelkitty
08-05-2012, 09:39 PM
I've been gradually getting rid of everything that doesnt fit. I have a lot of friends who like my style and ask me to raid my "fat closet" LOL

It's a terrible thing to say but I'm happy to see them go.

I also just recently became a shopaholic, so I would rather have a lot of size 6's then 16's in there.... I'm never going back anyways! :)

I either give them to friends and family members or I donate them to the needy. A good deed plus a good cause. :)

Garnet2727
08-05-2012, 11:22 PM
I'm in the process of a closet purge. I've gone from a size 26 down to a size 20. I really can't wear those old clothes any more they're just way too big. I haven't been able to bring myself to get rid of my sweaters though. I loves my sweaters, I does, but the truth is, they are ridiculously big on me now.

I shan't be storing these clothes. I'll give them away. I need to be confident in myself that I will never wear that size again.

Tai
08-06-2012, 12:01 AM
I think you should definitely get rid of them! Don't even give yourself a backup plan (clothes wise) for regain.

I gave mine away on Craigslist.

prettypinkfashionist
08-06-2012, 12:07 AM
I would say get rid of them. I kept mine and I found that it gave me an excuse to re-gain all of the weight that I had lost. It's better to go and get a new wardrobe than keep the clothes you can't wear anymore. Unless of course you want to re-style them to fit your new size.

TheGreenerSide
08-06-2012, 12:17 AM
If you're on a tight budget, perhaps you could consider doing some DIY altering? Threadbanger has a whole lot of great video tutorials on youtube! :)

uniquelyme330
08-06-2012, 01:31 AM
I promptly got rid of mine...some nice, new ones too, just took em to a consignment store, So if they sell...I can buy new smaller clothes with the money.
I don't want to see them ever again personally...So, I choose not to keep them around...because to be afraid of failure in my mind, instills doubt and I won't do that!
I can't afford a lot of new clothes either, but it is empowering to get rid of them and again in my mind it is positive reinforcement of my ultimate goal and my determination to reach it! ;)