Saturday, October 11, 2014

Downsizing

Just some of my rainbow coalition shirts - more than I'll ever wear the rest of my life


Well folks, I bit the bullet this morning and returned to some more downsizing.  This time is was my suits (which I no longer need, not working at the bank anymore) and pants (that no longer fit me).  

I'll be honest, it hurts to say goodbye to anything linked with my past.  The suits?  I'll never wear them again.  Besides, the waist on the pants is 32 inches.  I don't know what happened but I'm a 34 inch waist now.  I weigh the same (well, sort of) but the flab has shifted.  Gravity rules in the end you know.  First the flesh starts shifting then eventually the bod ends up in the ground, one way or another.


Old suits - oh the stories these suits could tell if they could talk - lots of history here folks!


I saved one dark suit to be buried in (or burned, whatever whoever decides when I depart this planet).  I did keep on suit jacket just in case I decide to be cool someday and wear something different than my denim jacket when I go out. 

I also put out a lot of my pants that no longer fit me (the waist thing again).  Plus, they all have pleats and pleats are out (this year anyway).  

I was going to take the said clothes down to one of the thrift stores in Rehoboth but it's such a hassle carrying the box in and the thrift store are so choosy down here.  I've had to take my donations back in the past.  I think it's a space problem.  Everything I donate is in excellent condition but space is limited in these thrift stores.  


Ron, Ron, Ron - why do you need so many shirts?


I have given my clothes to the Purple Heart Pickup in the past and that's what I'm going to do with these clothes.  I just call them and arrange a pickup.  They will send their truck by at a prearranged date and pick up my box of donations from my porch.  Very easy, I don't even have to answer the door.  



Progress folks, one step at a time.  Maybe a baby step but still, one step.  


20 comments:

  1. I took two large tote bags of books to the local library this week. they will either add them to their shelves, or include them in their fall book sale next weekend.

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    1. Anne Marie,
      I need top purge a LOT of books. I'm stacking them on the floor now.
      Ron

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  2. I can remember hanging onto a couple of wonderful suits that I will never fit into again. I am in the middle, I have to dress up occasionally, but 95% of the time no one sees me in my office. I like it that way. I wish they would let me wear jeans most of the time.

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    1. David,
      When I had my banking job the suits were necessary. Not now. I only need that one dark blue suit to be buried in and even that I'm wondering if that is necessary.
      Ron

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  3. Ron,
    I don't know why we keep so much of what we don't or cannot use anymore but I think it has something to do with letting go of the past. We already pretty much know what the future holds or at least we know our time is running out. I know that in my closet are pants that will never see contact with my body again and over the years my weight has increased. When I stopped smoking earlier this year I actually gained enough weight to warrant purchasing new clothes at not one but two sizes larger than what I wore last year. One of these days I will rid myself of the work clothes and the crystal glassware that I don't use because I don't drink alcohol, even wine, the knick knacks that have to be dusted and the cookware and bake ware that I haven't used for the past couple or three years. It is all just sitting waiting to be disposed of. I just hope that "one of these days" comes before I die so my heirs won't have to dispose of it. It was very difficult to go through my mom's things after she died, a good portion of which I have now and need to purge. Oh well, at least I think about it.
    Happy sorting.
    Jack

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    1. Jack,
      I too have the dinnerware and glassware that I NEVER use but I have "just in case" which will probably never happen. I also have most of my Mom's stuff, including all her doilies that I will never get rid of because of my sentimental attachment to them. My next donation with be my bakeware, most of which I haven't used since I moved to Delaware eight years ago so you know I don't need it. But you are right, getting rid of things is like disposing of our past. But time is running out and I know that everything I've gotten rid of in the past, I haven't missed. Not one iota. I will always keep my photos though. Always. When I'm dead and gone, then someone can dispose of them. Should be interesting when they discover those photos I have in my safe.
      Ron

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  4. Way to go Ron - I'm proud of you!

    Pat

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    1. Pat,
      You're my inspiration. I know it is possible to live with less and still be happy.
      Ron

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  5. You're 'up' to a 34 waist???? Excuse me while I cough, choke and snigger.

    Sorry, but of waist envy creeped in there. I have one suit left in the closet, a nice Hart Schaffner and Marx, tan, size 42. It's in the bag it was last retrieved from the cleaners in 4 years ago. A couple obligatory blue button down collar shirts, a couple of ties, one with fish on it.

    I've donated much of what I had in suits to goodwill....the exception being a cashmere blazer, classic navy style, dark black, to my son.....far as I know it languishes in his closet.

    I had too many years of wearing the stuff, not the jackets, but the rest with a lab coat. Don't miss it a bit.

    Again, sorry for the waistband snark.

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    1. Should Fish More,
      The expansion of my waistline is interesting. I weigh about the same as I have since graduation from high school in 1959, 160 lbs to 165 lbs. However, the flesh (fat?) has shifted to my waist. I now have a skinny chest and a developing spare tire. I attribute that "shift" to gravity. I still exercise (walking, lifting weights for muscle tone) but still the "shift" continues. I didn't feel too bad when I saw the same thing happening to Arnold Schwarzenegger and Clint Eastwood. Gravity always wins in the end.
      I still have way too many shirts I've given a lot to my co-workers Mike and Robert, but I should probably give more. Especially the ones that I never wear anymore.
      Thanks for your comment. Always appreciated.
      Ron

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  6. Most sensible! Clear out the rubbish and useless!

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    1. Dr. Spo,
      Yes, most sensible. Still very hard of me to part with "things" though. I can only attribute this affliction I have to a sense of insecurity. However, it is very interesting that everything I've disposed of, I haven't missed. Never once did I say "Oh, I wish I hadn't given that shirt away! I need it now. Not one time did that happen and probably won't happen when I get rid of more clothing. I know one thing, I feel so much better when I see open space rather than everything clogged up.
      Ron

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    2. Soon you and Pat will have similar abodes.

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    3. Dr. Spo,
      Pat is a good influence on me. I was going the downsizing room anyway before I met Pat but he has accelerated my move to minimize. I'll probably never go as far as he has but I'll be close. I just don't need all this "stuff" and I know it.
      Ron

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  7. I too have clothes that don't fit or are not appropriate for someone my age. My closets are full and I've got to get rid of them. I usually take them to the nearest goodwill bin. But it's hard to say goodbye to clothes that don't fit anymore or don't befit wearing them at my age.

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    1. Stan,
      I still have that problem of saying "goodbye" to cloths that don't fit. I have about thirty pairs of jeans that will NEVER fit me again (30 and 31 waist). I consider these "heirloom" jeans and intend to sell them on EBay if I ever get around to it. I'm convinced there is some young folks overseas in Europe who would love authentic jeans, not the overpriced knockoffs that are produced today.
      Ron

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  8. I love the vibrant colours of your shirts! Hate it when older people turn to beige and brown - but I think you don't. Downsizing is good - makes decisions - and thus life - easier, though I have to confess that I love variety too, and a bit of luxury. I can remember the colours and textures of my clothes from childhood on - and some I miss dearly. When I was in London the last weeks I had to live out of a boardcase - something entirely new to a woman who likes a big wardrobe, and it worked surprisingly well.
    I discard clothes I do not feel comfortable in (I do feel comfortable in slim clothes).

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    1. Brigitta Heugel,
      I love color. I'm not one of these older guys who defaults to beige and brown. Years ago (the Sixties) when I first started to work in a bank white shirts were the only acceptable form of dress. I broke that barrier by wearing light blue shirts and once I got away with that I started to wear many different colors, always tasteful of course. You're right about discarding clothes that you don't feel comfortable in. I don't like form fitting shirts. They are the next to go. I prefer looser clothing now in my advanced years. I don't want to feel constricted.
      Thanks for your comment.
      Ron

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  9. Anonymous9:45 PM

    Ron, you are an embodiment of something I have been planning to do: get rid of "stuff," mainly wardrobe. For health reasons my wt has fluctuated quite a bit, but I seem stable now and want to see more space than clothes in my closets. You make a very good point, too, about charities that are interested in good (i.e. not worn out) clothing, and they will pick them up, as well. Here where I live, I think the VVW will come and pick up stuff. I hope to have a few bags of decent things for them by the end of the week. Thanks for writing about this; it gives me an impetus to clear my own life of unnecessary "stuff." ~~~ NB

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    1. NB,
      I feel good when I give my excess clothing to charities or people and those clothes get a second life. Most of my clothing is in very good condition. I rarely wear anything out. My problem is I have a reluctance to get rid of anything because I "might need it." Of course that rarely happens and when I do get rid of excess clothing I never miss it. One good thing, once you start getting rid of things it gets easier.
      Ron

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