Judging from the barrage of coupons, ads, and email alerts that have flooded my home this past week, it’s becoming clear that school is around the corner. My kids may not want to face it, but at some point in the next month, they will need to resume wearing regular clothing. Shoes, socks, clean shirts…it will all come back into their daily life. This past weekend we had our annual “Trying On Of All The Clothes”, an activity that, in case you weren’t aware, seven and five year old boys do not enjoy. It became apparent that my older son has exactly one (1) pair of pants that fit him and maybe three decent long sleeved shirts. Since I was cleaning out closets anyway, I decided to pull everything out of mine for the first time in ages and assess what I have as well.


I made some deep cuts. Since having children, my own wardrobe has been severely neglected. My closest and dresser ostensibly look packed. Upon closer inspection, however, I found the following categories:

*Pre-baby clothing that still doesn’t fit (8 years later)

*Postpartum clothing that I have kept “just in case”

*Half of Target’s women’s department, in various stages of life, ranging from new and fun to pilled and sad

*Clearance purchases I bought because they were great deals and never (or rarely) wore

*My weekly heavy-hitters; the few clothes I wear pretty much daily

Yikes. I decided it was time. Things I haven’t worn in 8 years are 1) now outdated, and 2) have overstayed their welcome. Gone. The postpartum clothing is also gone, as I’m over 5 years “postpartum” now, and I felt it was time. My “great bargains that I’ve never worn” also hit the road today, as did anything in rough shape. I found it funny that I have no problem at all pitching my sons’ worn out tees but it feels extravagant to re-stock my own, even years after they need to be replaced. Two giant bags later, and my wardrobe is significantly smaller.

So, it looks like I, too, will be back-to-school shopping this August. I will try my very hardest to avoid the clearance racks, and I will remind myself that kids aren’t the only ones who need closet overhauls each year. Now I head out to search for new jeans…suggestions welcome!