Clothing is a necessity. Too much clothing is a burden. Most people don’t buy more than they need, but it still tends to pile up. Drawers and shelves are most commonly crowded because we acquire new pieces via gifts, hand-me-downs, and purchases without removing the older pieces. There are many reasons why we tend to hold onto old clothing:
- We anticipate a future need (e.g. If I go back to work I’ll need these suits)
- We hope to lose weight and fit into them again
- We have a sentimental attachment (e.g. the dress from a first date, the baby outfit a child wore home from the hospital)
- We feel guilty giving it away (e.g. My husband would be sad if I gave this away)
- We have other things we’d rather do than sort through drawers
While I understand these excuses, the periodic inflow of clothing necessitates that we purge our supply of clothing to avoid having more than we can accommodate. Many people find it easier to shed a piece or two fairly regularly than to do a total overhaul of a wardrobe. A donation box/bin on the floor of a closet can be a great tool for making it easier to let go of pieces as you come across them.
Today’s goal is to find three shirts, sweatshirts or sweaters to part with. Sort through your drawers, closet, and/or shelves and use a critical eye to find three that don’t suit your current needs. If you are struggling, ask yourself these questions:
- Does this fit me now?
- Is this stained, stretched, or damaged?
- Do I wear this? (If you are keeping an article of clothing for strictly sentimental reasons, move it to a long-term storage location)
- Would I buy this item today if I were shopping?
- Does this flatter me?
- Do I have something to wear with this?
Garments that do not meet these criteria are good candidates for donation. For extra credit, find three shirts for each member of your family. If the tops are in good condition, donate them. Otherwise, trash or recycle them. More and more towns are partnering with companies such as USagain to collect textiles for recycling.
Think you can find three shirts to give away? Anybody think they can find more?