In 2014, I played the #MinsGame with my grad school roommate and got rid of 75% of my clothes. I’ve always been a shopaholic and until 2014, I didn’t realize how much closet clutter I had accumulated. That is, until I got rid of 3/4 of it and still had more than enough left for a fully stocked and functional wardrobe.
The majority of the clothes I minimized three years ago were poorly made, cheap clothes that didn’t do anything for me. In a lot of cases, they were items I liked to imagine myself wearing – even though they weren’t my style. They were mostly flowy, chiffon dresses and poly-blend blouses. But, I’m a pilling yoga pants and 8-year old Blundstones type of gal.
Clothes are one of the first ways we portray ourselves to the world. With all the glossy paged magazines extolling the virtues of dressing a certain way, it can be difficult to feel comfortable wearing what you like.
A number of pieces still taking up space in my closet are pieces that:
- Do not fit my body anymore;
- Are not compatible with my lifestyle.
For example, I have a handful of really gorgeous ‘going out to dance’ tops – but I now live at least two hours away from any place where I could go out dancing.
When I think about it, I’ve been holding onto these pieces ‘just in case’. As if the 2000 person, rural town where I live is magically going to open a dance club. We only recently got our first all-day restaurant, so the chances are slim.
These pieces also happen to not fit my body anymore. I’ve gone through some physical changes due to some health issues which means some of my favorite pieces no longer work for me. While I am taking steps to address my health, I don’t want to shame my body for not being able to fit into pieces that my old body could pull off.
What closet clutter am I minimizing this month?
- One pair of dress capris
- One skirt
- One pair of yoga pants
- One collared shirt
- 7 Seven tank tops/t-shirts
- One sweater
- Three bras
- One pair of socks
Where is my closet clutter going?
I’m going to drop them off at my local Goodwill, which is where I purchased some of the items in the first place. Nothing in this donation haul is really worth anything, or I would have considered selling them online or taking them to a consignment shop. I will save that option for when I finally part with my last three Lululemon sweaters.