first annual “what i DON’T want for christmas”

Today is a special day. I am instituting a new holiday tradition, in true MakeunderMyLife fashion. I am doing a thorough exfoliation before the holidays begin. Why wait until I get new things on December 25th and have too much stuff and clutter? By going through my stuff now and asking “What would I NOT put on my holiday list?“, I can make room for the new gifts to come.

If you think about it, it’s the same reason my weight-lifting class instructor, Shannon, always makes us work out extra hard before Thanksgiving and Christmas. She knows we will soon be eating a lot of food. And by stepping up our fitness now, we will offset (some of) the sweets later.

So I’ve done a deep dive into my wardrobe and picked out what I don’t envision myself wearing in 2010. If the piece of clothing doesn’t match my vision for 2010, it doesn’t deserve to be in my wardrobe come January 1st.

What I DON’T Want For Christmas 2009


Jacket and pants claimed by Susie.


Workout gear.


Shoes are mostly size 8.5. All are up for grabs.


Latico Red Leather Handbag


Charles David Leather Bag

So How Can You Have Some of the Loot?

If something above struck your fancy, you are welcome to comment and claim it (first to comment, wins). I do ask that you pay for shipping (I will send you a PayPal invoice for the shipping amount). Susie has already claimed the jacket and pants in the first photo (she looks adorable in them), but the rest are up for grabs.

As for the bags- they are great. The red one is a leather basket weave by Latico. And the brown one is Charles David with putty colored leather and gold accents. These bags are heavier than most things I send, so I ask for $18 to make sure I cover the shipping costs.

And the Big Question Is…

Are you thinking about making this a tradition as well? Let me know if you are thinking about doing something similar. And as always, feel free to send me pics to post on the End of the Week Exfoliation. You could win a $40 Jess LC gift certificate in the process.

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  1. Cortnee

    I was just thinking of doing something like this when trying to search through the million piles of clothes I have laying around for something to wear today! My plan is to rid my closet of things I keep just for the memory of the thing, at least a couple of handbags and hopefully a few pairs of shoes. Now I just need to remember to photograph them! Thanks!

  2. KathrynwithaY

    What a great idea!! I have to keep editing my closet throughout the year or it would swallow me whole.

    I throw my hat into the ring for the Charles David bag 🙂

  3. Rebecca

    Great, fun idea Jess!

    I would love a bag, but i’m trying to clear my own closet of bags!

  4. Becky

    I would love the brown Charles David bag – if that one’s already spoken for (it looks like it might be), I would love the red latico one!

    What a great idea!

  5. NEPD

    I would love that brown purse if available

  6. Jackie

    If the others fall through I would love the brown Charles David bag! So pretty!
    I actually just cleared out my closet and got rid of a ton of clothing I know I won’t be wanting to wear next year. Felt so good!

  7. Jess

    @ Cortnee: I’m glad you are doing something similar! I have the problem of the “memory” items myself. I find the pictures I take here on the blog remind me of the items without the clothing taking up space in my dresser.

    @ KathrynwithaY: You are the first to comment and claim the Charles David bag. Congrats! I’ll be emailing you with PayPal shortly.

    @ Rebecca: I know the feeling. Which is why I’m exfoliating these two!

    @ Becky, NEPD, and Jackie: Sorry about the CD bag. It’s already been claimed by Katheryn.

    @ Suzanne: Looks like you are the first to claim the red bag. I’ll be emailing you with the PayPal shortly.

  8. KathrynwithaY

    Whoo hoo!! THANKS, Jess! 🙂

  9. MelissaHopeS

    I would like those brown penny loafer flats. And hats too, if no one has claimed them.

  10. Simone

    Thanks for posting this, you’ve totally inspired me to do the same with my closet before the New Year.

    @ Cortnee –I also am a “memory item” keeper. Most of the stuff that I’m still hanging on to that I don’t wear is for sentimental reasons. I think I’m going to be brave & photograph it then let it go. Thanks!

  11. Annie

    This is a great idea! I am gearing myself up to start the weekly exfoliation with the New Year, since I am trying to really pare down my style and stick with things that are classic and quality!

  12. Diana

    What a great idea! I donate to Goodwill on an ongoing basis just like ALVN there, so I totally get this. However – is that grey hat (in the shoe pic) up for grabs? If so I would totally absolutely love it. Cheers.

  13. Jess

    @ Melissa: Great! I will email you about them soon! (and please email me if I happen to forget-

    @ SE Minegar: Maybe next time!

    @ Simone and Annie: Awesome!! I’m already so happy I did it myself.

    @ ALVN: Awesome! If you ever want to send some pictures of your exfoliations to me, I’d be happy to post them on Fridays.

    @ Diana: I think they are claimed by Melissa, but if she passes on them I’ll let you know!

  14. Erica


    Are those grey flats next to the brown penny loafers still up for grabs? 🙂

  15. Jess

    @ Erica: They are, but really they are not in good shape (the insides are pretty beat up/gross, to be honest). So I think these ones are going in the trash. Sorry! The white ones are in better shape though, if you want them.

  16. tiffany

    Ah! That red purse is awesome! If your person falls through, I’m definitely interested (fingers crossed)!

  17. Em

    If no one has asked for t-shirts, I will! Most especially the one fish two fish shirt and the orange shirt. Thank you!

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