It was a Saturday morning and I was standing naked in the bathroom. I called out to Mr Smaggle to bring me some underwear because I’d forgotten to grab a pair on my way to the bathroom.
He tossed a pair through the door.
‘Not those ones! Are there any of the grey ones in my drawer?’
He threw another pair through the door.
‘No, not these ones either! What about the ones with lace around the top?’
Another pair came flying through the door.
‘Not these lacy ones, the other lacy ones!’
He finally threw in a pair of my favourite soft, dark grey ones from Muji. As I was putting them on he marched into the bathroom and collected the three discarded pairs on the floor and said ‘I’m throwing these away. You never wear them, they’re clearly uncomfortable, we can’t donate them, so I’m throwing them away.’
I was going to stop him but the thing is, he was dead right. The three pairs of underwear he was throwing away were awful. Two of them were from the same multi-pack I bought when we extended a road trip unexpectedly by a week and there was nowhere to do our washing. The third pair was a very expensive pair I bought that a friend had recommended. She had converted at least a dozen people to wearing this particular brand and style of underwear but I just couldn’t get behind it. I wanted to, but it just wasn’t working. I was in this cycle of wearing these undies, regretting wearing them, stopping wearing them, forgetting why I stopped wearing them, wearing them again and then the avoidance circle continued.
The things is, it’s hard to admit you made a mistake. It’s also hard to admit you wasted money. So I threw the uncomfortable underwear away and vowed to never again buy cheap multi-packs of underwear again and stick to buying the underwear I know works for me – ModiBodi, Muji and Bonds.
Sometimes you just need permission to throw things away. This week on Straight & Curly, Kelly and are talking about being environmentally conscious whilst not allowing your house to turn into a total garbage heap.
If you’re in the decluttering frame of mind, here are few posts you might like to look at.