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Clean Your Closet

Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

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  1. Bethh

    AMEN!!! After visiting family and being uncomfortable crawling around with kids in my too-tight shorts, I vowed to find clothes that fit, never mind the tag inside. (I also require good pockets!)

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Oh I hear that! I was so tired of trying to adjust my pre-pregnancy jeans last year that I just decided it was time to size up.

  2. Vickie

    My arthritis is fairly severe. My thumbs are impacted greatly.

    I can no longer do most zippers, any buttons, any snaps. I need soft knits that are very easy to pull on and off.

    I got rid of every single thing out of my closet and started over, a couple years ago. Everything.

    I have great luck in unusual ways –
    Walmart (knit shorts, capris and pants).
    Walmart (one sweater each winter).
    Target (short sleeved, v-necks from the men’s department, better fit for broad shoulders, great colors, nice and long for yoga, inexpensive).
    Direct from Hanes (long sleeved men’s Henley’s, broad shoulders, great colors, nice and long, inexpensive).
    Walmart long sleeveless knit dresses with thin long sweaters over them.
    LandsEnd (coats, I can do their big zippers).
    I also buy men’s knit hats and knit gloves, easier to get on and off.

    I have a very minimal wardrobe. Laundry is incredibly easy.

    Two of my three closet rods are about 3/4 loosely full. My third rod is empty.


    1. Lisa Eirene

      I am loving this list! Thank you Vickie. And you bring up a great point–accessibility is important too.

  3. emmaclaire

    I think I needed to read this, Lisa – it’s time to take the DEEP closet dive. I have kept things from when I was at my smallest that I know (but won’t yet admit to myself) I will never fit into again. And I have kept pieces that I don’t love that have sentimental value. And I have kept things that hubby has bought me as a gift that I don’t want to hurt his feelings by passing them on (when has he EVER seen me in a polo shirt? Ick – reminds me too much of my food service days!) It would be nice to have more room in the closet/drawers, too. But probably most important to make peace with where my body is *today*. You’re right, this 63-year-old is never going to be the same size or shape she was at 45-50. And that is okay. Thanks for the gentle push…

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I’m so glad! It’s hard to get rid of the sentimental things. I mean, I have a bag of clothes I still haven’t gotten rid of, after all of this and after cleaning out my closet. But I just can’t get.

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