This is yet again another spot where my frugal nature gets in the way of my own best interests. I'm really happier with fewer things, fewer choices of things that I really LOVE rather than things that I just have. So in addition to ironing, tacking up sagging hems and replacing missing buttons (that child is HELL on her clothes), I've also been winnowing out some of the things that I don't love. And if I look in my closets, a full 75% of the contents are NOT things that I purchased. Most are hand-me-downs from Pebbles, some are gifts from my mom and others are leftovers from my neighbor's largess (and wealthy) friend.
I remember being so excited when given the bag of nice clothes and exercise gear from my neighbor. Well, it turns out, the original owner must have been a very petite person as everything "fits" but is just too short. And what I really needed in the way of exercise gear is sports bras - I only have two. Most of my other exercise clothes (treadmill and yoga, etc - no running for me) have built in bras. So in order to make use of these gifts, I cut way the shirt part, leaving just the bra part! Score. And the stretchy/spandexy part that I cut away, I'm planning on trying to wear upside down sort of as a modern dickey (we'll call it a rickey) under low cut shirts. Brilliant, I say. No use adding the extra fabric in this heat - just a tube-top sorta deal to cover up some decolletage for work. We'll see if it works. I've seen them for sale as just tubes of stretch lace about 6 to 8 inches wide. If not, I still have the sports bra out of the deal.
I've also been cleaning out the closets and putting stuff in the donate basket (if it was mine to give away - Pebbles wants her stuff back (packrat!!). Much more so after reading about Project 333. I don't know that I'll get down to 33 items right now, as we are in the "shoulder" season. Our summer dress code at work has passed, but it's still too damned hot to wear full-on business attire, so I'm stuck with trying to limp through until cooler weather and get into the "bulk" of my wardrobe - fall and winter appropriate things.
I've also been setting aside my too worn to donate Tshirts, with the idea that I will eventually bust out the sewing machine and do something crafty with them. I still want to finish decorating my front porch and make it into a room. And use it! I have been out there so little this summer. I've found some curtains for it and I'd like to make some pillows, etc utilizing the tshirt material for embellishments. I am giving myself a deadline - if I don't do something with this stuff while I'm off recovering from surgery, then it shall just be trashed (not fit for donation). There. I said it. Just because something could be usable, doesn't mean that it's usable for me. And just because someone gives me something, I do not feel obligated to wear it, use it or keep it.
Take good care of yourself. Be kind to others. Separate the wheat from the chaff and keep only the good stuff.