Thursday, December 3, 2009
Today's Tip Before You Go Shopping
Buried inside my closet are things unseen for several years. Some even with the original tag or receipt.
Note to self (and to anyone planning soon to shop for clothing): Before hitting the store, clean the closet. Drag everything out, sort into two piles.
Pile 1 - Keep and wear.
Pile 2 - Donate to Goodwill or other charity. (If you itemize on your tax return you can count these as "donations" if given to a tax deductible charity...keep a list or ask for receipt.)
Sometimes when I hit the store or while I am window shopping, I spot something and think "I need that". I have a lot of jeans in my closet. Blue jeans. Colored jeans. Khakis. Two sizes of jeans because when I lost weight after surgery this year I went out and bought (over the summer) five new pair. Now those new jeans are heading to the basement because I've returned to my "normal" weight. I'll keep those five pair just in case but I also have a stack of 10 pair of the old size that will be donated. I have to admit that having 10 extra pair is a bit over-consumption.
So...my note to self...and my note to you...before buying another stitch of clothing, clean your closet. You might be as I, a bit surprised at your surplus of good clothing.
Oh! And the photo! That seems like a goodly supply of jeans but it doesn't include the half dozen pair that are in the dryer as I type.
I'm abashed. Maybe embarrassed. But I'm green...the 10 give-aways will be recycled to another user(s).