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Let Your Old Clothes Go

Sun Mar 03 2013 | Author: Carol Olmstead
There comes a time when you have to let your clothes go out into the world and try to make it on their own.
--Bette Midler

As the weather starts to change, it's good Feng Shui to transform your wardrobe by giving your closet a good spring cleaning and letting go of the clothes you no longer need. You know -- those shoes that cause blisters, the pants that ride a bit too high in the crotch, a few skirts and suits from your button-down days, or the clothes that are just a bit too small. Even though you may have paid a lot for them and loved them when you bought them, if you haven’t worn an item of clothing in a year, remove it from your closet and donate it to charity.

When you hold on to things that don’t fit, you hold on to old energy and symbolically hold on to excess weight. Whether you donate them, sell them, or just put them out with the trash, getting rid of unworn clothing makes room for a bounty of new clothes -- often in a smaller size -- to find you.

Unlike wine, clothes rarely improve with age. So if you haven’t worn something in a year or you don’t feel good when you wear it, it’s time to toss it or donate it to a local charity where it can do some good. This includes the clothes you've been keeping in the hopes of losing 25 pounds you haven't been able to lose for years. If you plan to lose that much weight just to wear an item of clothing, it is highly unlikely you will want to wear your old, out-of-style stuff when you do succeed at weight loss. You will want -- and deserve -- brand new clothes! So move out those old clothes today, and make room for new clothes to fill your closet.

You only wear 20 percent of your wardrobe 80 percent of the time. Want to prove it? Try this: Tie a ribbon at the end of your closet rod. Every time you wear something, hang it to the right of the ribbon. At the end of a month take a look at the clothes that are beyond the ribbon. I think you'll be surprised to see how many pieces you wore over and over, while the rest remained untouched.

Some places to donate your gently worn, but now not needed, clothing:
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