February 17, 2020
Last Wednesday, our department at work announced a clothing drive, “Boots to Suits” from February 17th to March 13th. This drive is to help support our veterans transition from the military to the classroom and then from the classroom to the workforce.
They are accepting:
- Interview appropriate business suits and blouses
- Business separates including skirts, dresses, blazers, slacks and jackets
- Work appropriate shoes
- Jewelry, scarves, and belts
- Work appropriate handbags, purses, briefcases or portfolios
I decided to included ties, as Bruce had a lot of nice ties that he won’t wear again.
Bruce and I went through our closets again on Sunday. Bruce tried on clothes to see if they would fit, and if they didn’t fit, they went in the donate pile. I looked through my suites, and the ones that no longer fit went into the donate pile. I also looked at my blouses and shells, and decided to donate items that I no longer wear. I added a couple of belts and shoes that I found. I may go back and look at some of my older purses. I do need to get rid of these things. Bruce went through his ties, and saved six of them. The rest of the ties, he determined he didn’t need and could give away.
It helps that my office changed our dress code recently to allow us to wear jeans most days, so I’m no longer wearing a suit most of the time. I don’t feel the least bit bad about donating suits that I could wear, if I just lost an extra five or ten pounds, since I’m not wearing suits all the time now.
I have a clothes basket full of clothes to donate, and I felt we made more progress in getting rid of things, in a positive way.