There are, however, two exceptions. Jeans and T-shirts. Why? Because I'm a crafty girl and think I can create useful items out of them! I have in the past, but honestly, haven't done anything with either in several years. Still, I save them, put them in containers for the day when I'll have the inspiration to create stuff.
As I was going through yet another closet, I found the jeans and T-shirts bins. I moved them into the center of the room and decided they will remain there until I do something with them. Having to look at them everyday will keep me motivated to use up the materials.
Then, the jeans...Wow, um, they kind of brought back some memories. I had no idea I still had any of the clothes (besides the T-shirts) from my, um, larger days. I'd been getting rid of that stuff all along the way and don't have much to remember from a few years back. I hardly have any pictures because I hated having my picture taken (there's one in my About Me section, but it was hard to find any). I pulled out those jeans and was pretty shocked by the size. I certainly have no intentions of reverting back to my old ways, but if I ever needed an extra motivator - those clothes would be it. To remember, I took the picture above and will soon be cutting up the jeans to make a quilt. I guess the only advantage is the bigger the jeans - the more fabric I have!
My husband didn't understand the concept of a quilt made out of old jeans so I went upstairs, grabbed the one I'd made several years ago and showed it to him. He asked, "Have I ever seen this before?". I think he had, but maybe not. Then, he said, "That's actually kind of nice, why don't we have that out?". So, it's now out where it can be seen and used. He likes the back, not the front but since he likes it, I can make one a little bit more to our current tastes. The last one took a really long time to make, so I don't anticipate it being a quick project, but if I can at least get started with it, that will help with the de-cluttering and it's a perfect way to use up the fat girl jeans!
Oh, and my number 5 goal, I decided to take a 'before' picture (it won't be posted here). Seeing those jeans was a great reminder. Tracking my progress sounds like a good idea.