fashion

52 bones we abuse

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The human foot has 26 bones, 33 joints, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles and tendons. The 52 bones in your feet make up about 25 percent of all the bones in your body.  And we thrill ourselves by paying sometimes as much as a week’s  paycheck to contort those bones and ligaments into unnatural positions.  That’s right.  We pay dearly for these individual professionally designed torture chambers.  I am guilty of it my self.  In fact, I bought a new pair of heels yesterday.

It's very difficult to take a decent photo of your own foot -try it.

The good news is that I bought with purpose and forethought.  A novel concept for me.  I picked a pair that would match more than one dress.  Whoa.  Who am I?  This is a monumental shift for me.  I was shocked at how easy this was to do, and how accomplished I felt.  Such a simple thing and now I have new shoes for the majority of this year’s events.  If I am lucky enough to go out somewhere nice,  I have it covered from head to toe. No worries.

yeah, well "I did not have three thousand pairs of shoes, I had one thousand and sixty." ~ Imelda Marcos 1987

I am ditching my old shoes that I was holding on to for those “just in case” moments.  Just in case I wanted to look like I stepped out of the 90’s.  I don’t know when I bought the shoes I am getting rid of – no clue.   I sold my silver dress (I never wore) last month and forgot to eBay the matching (I never wore) silver shoes.

This is what clutter does to you – it literally messes you up to the point that thinking straight is no longer doable.  I don’t even try.

All that aside,  I am pretty pleased with myself and I’m ready for the next challenge.  Until then,  I will take this small win, and pat myself on the back and move on.  Less is definitely more.  I’m starting to like this.

Tip: http://donateyouroldshoes.org/

Inspiration: “Remember this, that very little is needed to make a happy life.” ~ Marcus Aurelius

One-day one-thing: Sort your shoes.

Clothes: Who am I?

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Last week  I handled sorting my belts after a little self-talk-therapy. I now own four belts total.  There’s a fifth one hiding in a box somewhere, and when I find it I have no doubt it be long out of  style.  Which brings me directly to my point today; style and de-cluttering your closet.

Before you sort clothes you ‘ll need to define your look, your style , or lack there of.  Don’t worry if you feel lost doing this.  In the end, if you haven’t figured it out, your clothes will tell you.

I have little style.  I love fashion, and I buy fashion, but I don’t wear it.  I am a dog person- rain or shine, a dirt person-yard and garden work is fun and I paint- the paint always finds it way on to whatever I am wearing.

I love comfort but at the same time I  love the discomfort of high heels and formal gowns,  black tie type formals.   How many “black tie” events have I gone to in the last few years?  Zilch.  I love wearing formal gowns so much,  I often daydream about having a themed party for ladies only and making the required dress code an already owned formal or gown.  Play-dress-up and party.  (No one ever likes this idea.)

Reality:  I wear jeans.  I swear to God, I think I wear them ever day of the year.  So how many khakis, and slacks do I really need?  Answer: Two pairs of dress slacks for business.  No khaki’s needed, I only bought them for the two weeks I worked at Target.

To succeed in trimming your wardrobe you have to be brutally honest.  It gets easier the more clothes you toss, a sorting momentum takes over.   It feels good.   Remember everyone has different requirements for their clothing needs so adjust accordingly.  For example some people have uniforms and dress codes.  Just make sure those items are always kept current and in good repair.

Nothing can hide. I like it!

On to the work.  Here are some top questions to ask yourself as you look at each item of clothing:

1. Have I worn this in the past year?

2. Does this piece remind me of anything negative or bad?  If there is even the slightest bad memory associated you must toss/donate immediately, no excuses.

3. Does it fit now? Not ten pounds for now, today- remember brutal honesty.

4. Can you remember when you bought it? If it was so long ago, you say you have no idea, then get rid of it. (unless it’s become “vintage” and it passes all the other requirements)

5. Do you feel good about your self when you are wearing it?

6. Is it part of a total look or is it a stray that  never looks right with anything? Toss/give away the stray.

7. Do you have to tug at it?  Particularly under garments, stop the suffering now-toss.

8. Is the elastic rotten? ( I tried on an old swimsuit and the elastic crumbled. Sad but true.)

9. Do not think about how much something cost. Actually erase the amount spent from your memory bank.  It’s useless information.

10. Any progress is good, you an always come back to and continue this task as a “one-thing one day” action.

Some minimalist are extreme in the clothing area.  I am not. ( Remember -I am only in the  process to minimalism)  I like this easy route for now.   Concentrating first on raising my clothing awareness will help me  immediately in two  areas;  I will only buy what I know I will wear and my closet will only house items I like.

It’s your turn now. Look at your life and how you spend the majority of your time.  Once you have a handle on that, you can begin downsizing your wardrobe. Use the questions as a guide.  It will be inspiring, easy and you might even learn something.

Tip: Look up shelters for homeless and/or abused women and fresh start organizations.  These woman will really benefit from your donation.

Inspiration: “I wear my sort of clothes to save me the trouble of deciding which clothes to wear.”~ Katharine Hepburn

I’ve been shopping all my life and still have nothing to wear.”  ~Author Unknown

One day – one thing: Sort underwear, socks, and all your shoes, if you still have time tackle your clothes in the closet.

Additional links: Simplify Your Life Zen Habits (scroll down Zen’s post ,  if after sorting you still have a lot of clothes) And if you still need help organizing your closet visit Apples for Olive.