Young@Heart: Let’s Take A Pity Trip

My sister and I used to laugh about looking mentally ill with no make-up on. We both could absolutely look certifiable with just a slightly open mouth, relaxed facial muscles and a slight drool. I’ve often thought how fun it would be to be an actress with a role playing a mentally ill character. My “morning” face would need little from the make-up department.morningface

The imaginary pity trip I want you to take, is actually a dejunking idea that requires you to get a pathetic feeling about your closet (your inner child will love it). Set the timer for 15 minutes and pretend you’re very poor and you have to pack for a trip to some horrible place like Siberia. (I really don’t know if Siberia is that awful, I just know, in the movies, people get sent there as a punishment.)The whole point of this is to get into that character.

oldGet a garbage sack (you’re too poor to have a suitcase) and go into your closet and start packing for the trip. It’s a pity trip and you’ll need to look awful while you’re there, so you’ll need clothes that are too tight (that always makes you look pathetic) out of style and worn. Pick out accessories, jewelry, shoes, etc. Make complete outfits. (You could put an outfit on and take a pitiful selfie just for the fun of it.)

Oh yes, don’t forget toiletries. Look under the sink for some bottles and jars of stuff you never smear on yourself. For sure they’ll be perfect for where you’re going. And while you’re at it, check out your book shelves for books you never read and magazines you’ve thought you’d read someday but won’t. See if you can fill the garbage bag in 15 minutes.

I don’t know at what point our closets, cupboards and drawers become holding tanks for clothes and accessories we’ll never wear again. When you pack for a real trip, you pick the clothes you really like and that fit you now. That’s a clue to what you need to have hanging in your closet. The clothes you wore ten years ago are not only not in style, you’ve changed and no doubt your preferences have changed. Why have clothing cramming your closet that you’d never take on a trip? It’s kind of silly.

When you’re all packed for your imaginary pity trip, it’s important that you follow through with it. No, you’re not going to Siberia, but you are going to drive to a donation center. As soon as you dump off the bag, I promise you’ll feel great about what you’ve accomplished!

If this sounds fun to do, why not go do it now? It’ll be 15 minutes well spent. When your closet has in it just what you’re wearing during the season you’re in, it’ll help you so much with deciding what to wear each day and you’ll be amazed at the time you’ll save getting dressed.

See you in Siberia!

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