If your milk only lasts a week and your mascara needs to be thrown out every 12 months, then shouldn’t your undergarments also have an expiration date?
We are all hoarders when it comes to lingerie (I’m guilty). Whether it’s because these items cost us a fortune, because we have some strange attachment to them, or because we’re simply lazy, let’s all admit we have a few things around that should have gone in the trash with last week’s Chinese food.
Take a look at your underwear drawer right now.
Do you see any of these in there?
- Frayed underwear
- Bras with popping out wires
- Underwear that has lost its elasticity
- Anything with a safety pin
- Stains of any kind
- Sizes you haven’t worn in a year
If you can say yes to any of the above, you need to go to the trash, pronto.
Whether or not anyone is seeing these garments on you, you are seeing them on yourself. How can you expect to start your day on a good note when your panties are sagging and your left bra strap isn’t holding up your left boob? I’m not saying you need to spend a fortune, but we all deserve new, clean underwear and bras. And unless the expired items are in good condition, chances are they aren’t worth donating (there are organizations that accept lightly worn bras).
Now go and have a little fun. It doesn’t matter to me if you run to your closest Target, Victoria’s Secret or Nordstrom (or anywhere else that sells panties); the choice is yours. I don’t care how much money you spend, either. But buy a few things that fit you and that are pretty. Choose pink cotton panties instead of white, buy bras in color instead of nude. Each morning when you put these new goodies on you will remember that you are worth it and that your picks were for no one but yourself.
When you think about how many times you will wear each of these items, this is probably your best spend of all time. If you wear one bra and panty once each week, four times per month, for example, the cost per wear is less than those shoes you spent a small fortune on last week. And sadly, even those shoes will expire sometime soon. And there’s nothing wrong with letting them go either.