During a recent edit of my tiny NYC closet, I was having a hard time deciding which of the more than a dozen t-shirts I hadn’t worn in ages, to get rid of. That’s because they all seemed to have some meaning — like the one I got at my favorite concert, and the one I had since college. Sound familiar?
Why Are We So Attached to Our Stuff?
Detaching from an item of clothing feels like we are losing a part of our self. This can be traumatic because so many of our possessions are meaningful to us. As I’ve written in more detail here, letting go of old clothes — including even the silliest t-shirts — requires one to move away from “the person you are” or “the person you were” towards “the person you want to be”. While it may seem difficult, it can be quite cathartic.
A Case for Fewer but Better Clothes
Store the item for a period. Did you miss it? Yes, keep. No, donate it, and feel good knowing that someone else can use it.
Feeling creative? Consider making a quilt from old t-shirts, or upcycle your clothes in any of the 100+ ways pictured here. If you’re still having trouble culling the closet, link here for another article that I wrote, “The Case for Fewer But Better Clothes”.
While it may be quite difficult to let go of your old clothes, a purged closet makes one feel lighter. Now there is room for other positive things to enter our lives. Agree? What are your own ideas for making it easier to parting with old clothes?