Step Into Our Swimsuit

November 5, 2011 at 1:26 pm 4 comments

Cheryl recently signed up for swimming lessons. When she arrived at the pool a very precocious teenager asked if she purchased her swimsuit from a hospital.

Ugh-oh.

When she squeezed into the suit before leaving the change room she thought, yeah it’s an 11-year-old, faded, unsupportive-in-places-swimsuits-should-be-supportive-in, black, high-cut one piece from a shop no longer in business – but so what? Who will notice or care?

People notice. People care.

We touched on the various reasons many of us hang onto “practical” accessories, and clothing items, in a post last winter. Those same points apply here.

Invest in new items and chuck the ones that make you look or feel homeless.

We all get gold stars for wanting our purchases to endure (and for not wanting to further congest landfills) but as Gretchen Rubin explains in her continually inspiring book, The Happiness Project,“Spending Out” (purchasing things we really need and using them) plays a significant role in feeling grounded (even happy).

As for raising awareness around items others should probably part with, a certain level of directness, combined with sensitivity and grace, can go a long way. That kid at the pool could have just said “your faded one piece doesn’t really suit you”.     

Gold Stars

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Entry filed under: Closet Organization, Decluttering, Editing, Storage Solutions, Strategic Shopping. Tags: , , , .

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Derek  |  November 5, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Hilarious post!! I just went through my entire summer wardrobe, including bathing suits, and tossed all the gross, faded, un-wearable pieces and now have so much space for spring shopping!! Closet re-organization is truly one of the BEST feelings.

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  • 3. Sasha Valentine  |  November 6, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    Hahaha!! Choosing a bathsuit, for women at least, is like choosing a bra!

    It’s a bit of work:

    http://www.wikihow.com/Choose-the-Right-Swimsuit

    I hope you find a new soon 🙂

    Reply

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