I am experiencing a lack of motivation.
Why should I bother to get dressed if I am not leaving the house?
I know, I know… no one wants to get caught in an emergency situation wearing dirty underwear. Isn’t that what our parents used to tell us; to wear clean underwear in case you are ever in an accident, to encourage us in our youth to practice good hygiene habits? Or am I aging myself here?
But honestly, I already knew this would happen. When I was a career mom, the first thing I did when I got home from work (after I unpacked the car, unpacked my children’s school and day care crap, fed the pets, nursed my infant, started dinner, and finally took off my jacket…), was change into my “cozy” clothes. Here I come lounge pants!!! Move over trouser socks, my toes want to be wrapped in soft cotton and wool. Ahhhh, lounge wear. Pajama pants. Yoga pants. What ever you indulge in, that was my #1 priority when I got home.
Now….well I don’t leave the house very often. I have been basically living in my “lounge” clothes. I am not sure why I would bother getting dressed to walk around the house, clean, and cuddle my baby all day.
Do I feel “schleppy”? Sure, sometimes. But more importantly, I am comfortable. Now when we have someplace to go on the weekend, I am more inclined to get “dressed up” or wear something other than sweats. It’s kind of a novelty to wear the “regular” clothes and business casual slacks I used to wear everyday. Some of my office attire I have had for a decade or more. Most of the pant legs have been hemmed over the years to hide rips or stitching that has unraveled.
I think my next task is to go through my items and downsize. I will keep my office favorites in case I have an event to attend or end up back in the work place before I anticipate. But clothes that are worn, ill-fitting or embarrassingly hemmed, will have to move on to a second life.
If you are a stay-at-home parent, work-from-home parent, or retired, do you tend to wear lounge wear all day like me? Is this a faux pa? Would the women of the 1950’s be aghast at my fashion choices? What do you think?
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