The time has come. My belly has grown to the point where it’s started to either poke out of or dig into my clothes. I’m sick of opening my tops drawer only to see tops that I no longer look decent in, and the couple of maternity tops that have made it into the drawer are making it overflow.
I pulled out my box of maternity clothes a couple of weeks ago. Each morning, I open my tops drawer, get depressed about what I no longer fit in, and then rummage around in the box beside my bed for something to wear. Then my toddler comes along to help rummage around in the box, and clothes end up everywhere. This system was not working for me, so two coffees gave me the motivation to sort it out!
All my tops got pulled out of the drawer and out of the box, and put into 5 piles:
1. Tops I can’t fit in at all, and are not suitable for breast-feeding
2. Tops that look slightly indecent, but can still be worn with a belly-band and/or are ok for breast-feeding
3. Breast-feeding tops
4. Non-maternity tops that still contain my belly
5. Maternity tops
The reason I included the breast-feeding categories was so I don’t have to hunt for clothes during the newborn haze. I then put all the tops in category 1 into the box that formerly held my maternity clothes – if I won’t be able to wear them in more than a year, I don’t want to see them. All the other tops got put into the drawer, in neat sections. I shoved at the back of the drawer the clothes in a couple of the categories that I don’t really like, but still want to keep for those days when I’m not leaving the house and am a bit behind in the laundry. I also packed away the business shirts in my wardrobe, since I won’t be heading back to work anytime soon. I did keep out a couple of shirts, just in case something crops up and I have to attend an interview.
I know this post only applies to a very specific time in one’s life, but the system is the same really for sorting and storing clothes between seasons. Hopefully now, I won’t feel so down when I look at my clothes!