Saturday, June 9, 2018

The Clothes Thing.... by Christine Bush

Warmer weather is finally here in Pennsylvania.  I’m not sure how it’s been where you live, but here, we’ve had crazy ups and downs in temperature for spring.  Steamy hot one day, cold enough for a sweater the next. 

This meant the winter clothes stayed out, and the summer ones got added.  Whew. Closet clutter.  So now it’s time to sort, and the mess is bigger than usual.  At the end of a season, I know it’s time to purge the things I’ve not worn (much). It’s a job I hate to do. But I must.

Some clothes are just worn out. They have to go.  But some are very ok, but for some reason have stayed on the hangers. And I have to fight the urge to hang on to them.

It might be the size thing. “If I just lose a few pounds, this will fit well.” Uh huh. Don’t hold your breath.

It might be the style thing. “This might not be cool now, but someday it WILL come back in style”. Yep.

It might be not practical anymore. “You never know when you will need a ball gown.” You know, in case  I get asked to the prom?

It might not fit my life today.  “A girl needs several good suits”.  Did you forget you retired from that job?

For whatever reason, if I’m not wearing it, it’s got to go into the “box”.

Why? For space. For orderliness. For life simplicity. But more importantly..

Because someone else needs it.  If I’m hoarding clothes in the dark corner of the closet, I know I’m being greedy. I don't NEED them. But someone DOES need those extra coats, those work suits, that formal dress, that smaller size. 
I can trust the universe that if I EVER need any of those things again, it will be provided.  And meanwhile, I’m making someone else’s life better. So it’s off to the Salvation Army, the women’s shelter, or any reputable donation place. It’s the best kind of recycling.  

How about you?  What do you do about the “clothes thing”? I’d love to hear!


Christine Bush is the award winning author of more than 20 novels and novellas. When she’s not writing (or petting her cats), she can be found having fun with her 12 grandchildren, teaching Psychology at a local college, or working with clients as a Marriage and Family therapist in private practice.  She LOVES to hear from readers and fellow writers!

    Christine's latest book, a romantic suspense titled  “Almost Anonymous” was released in April.






  1. Fun post, Christine. The temperatures have been up and down in the Carolinas too. I've read that if you haven't worn a piece of clothing in 2 years, it should go in the donate pile, so that's what I did to closet purge this spring.

  2. I haven't done that in years. I need to clean out my clothes.

  3. Christine, you are making me feel guilty. I need to purge, and I use all the excuses you mentioned not to. :)

  4. Great reminder to clean! Sometimes I find myself holding onto things for the very reasons you stated, then seeing those very clothes still hanging in the closet untouched a year later! That’s when I know they have to go. But it always feels good to purge so the more I do it, the easier it becomes.