When Nothing Fits

When Nothing Fits
Claudette Pelletier-Hannah

Our nearly ten-year-old fridge has passed on. There’s no time to grieve her short life. Sadly, we must go shopping.

Given our requirements, we settle for one of two refrigerator options in stock. (Don’t be fooled by the number of display models. Short supply of goods during this pandemic has not been limited to toilet paper.)

On the day the new fridge was to be delivered we learn that it won’t fit through the front door. What? How did the existing fridge fit through the front door?

We reluctantly go shopping – again. We’re now down to one, smaller option we really don’t like, but hey, it’s available.

It’s delivery day for Fridge 2.0. We ease her into place, but, . . . not so fast. 2.0 is a fraction of an inch too tall. Returning it to the store is out of the question. The cabinet above must come out.

Meanwhile, it’s great fun trashing all the forgotten and uninspiring fridge contents and starting “fresh.” Just how many types of mustard do we really need, anyway?

All of this reminds me of other expired items and things that don’t fit. Clothing. Just how many pairs of black pants do you really need? Is it time to remove clothes from your closet that are past their due date? Maybe they don’t fit your life, or they don’t fit you. That’s just stuck energy in there, dismissed like Sundays leftovers.

Marie Kondo would say to hold each piece of clothing in your hands and ask, “Does it give me joy?” If not, let it go. 

Here are five more qualifying questions.

  1. Have I worn it in the last year . . . or two? (You get extra time due to the pandemic.)
  2. Will I seriously wear it again when I lose weight, or would I rather have something new?
  3. Am I working at losing weight?
  4. Is it in good condition?
  5. Is guilt or obligation a good reason to keep it? (Hint. The answer is no.)

If you answered no to any of the above that’s an indication to let it go. Free the space in your closet and you free your energy. Your attachment to stuff, especially the stuff that doesn’t fit, just causes suffering. There is someone out there who can wear it now. If you consign it you can even get paid for your closet clutter.

I understand finding clothes that fit can be difficult. It is for me too. I want to acknowledge that most of us have some sort of constraint. We have very different bodies, be it small, tall or round. Maybe your top shelf is the challenge. Wouldn’t it be nice to just remove a cabinet as needed?

It’s Thanksgiving. Consider giving thanks for probably having more clothes than you can ever wear. Feel free to thank the articles for what they have given you and let them go. It’s okay to love’em and leave ‘em.

I’m giving thanks to my handy hubby who managed to make the kitchen cabinet fit perfectly. And I’m kind of liking the new fridge I would have never chosen, had I really had a choice.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you, my dear readers.