Many of us were raised to only wear our “good clothes” for church, school or special occasions, a practice that’s followed us into adulthood when we buy our own clothing. I’ve done it a million times – bought a new outfit just to let it hang out in my closet until the right event, date or holiday gathering. I’ve had new clothes sit around for months because of this habit.
With the price tags still on.
Gretchen Rubin from The Happiness Project even shares the story of how she hoards her new underwear, “saving” them for months before she wears them.
Last week, as part of my July “buy a white t-shirt” campaign, I went to buy new underwear. When I got home, I forced myself to toss out my sorry old pairs, because I could feel myself tempted to “save” the new underwear. And indeed, even though the old underwear is gone, I find myself re-wearing the same laundered new pairs, so that I can “save” the new ones that are still neatly folded, with their tags on.
Why buy new clothes and then “save” them for months? Not wearing clothes is just as wasteful as throwing them away.
Why do we do this to ourselves? Do we really get some sort of twisted satisfaction from denying ourselves the gratification of wearing nice things? Or maybe we just don’t fully enjoy the effect of looking amazing unless someone else notices?
Whatever the reason, we have to stop the madness. This is just another way of delaying happiness until a specific event happens first. We have to remember that our life is right now, not later, when that special occasion finally comes around. You deserve to be happy every day. All day long. Eat your favorite foods. Wear your best clothes. Do what you love. That is happiness. That is living for the now and not some other later time.
I know I probably don’t need to remind you that tomorrow is not promised to any one of us. But I will. Because it’s not. And really, we have a responsibility to ourselves to make the most of the time we have today in this present moment. So please, wear your good panties right now while you can still enjoy them.
Are you a “panty hoarder?” Do you save your good clothes for special occasions? Why or why not?