“You really only wear a few of your favorite clothes over and over again anyway.”
That was the argument I’d heard for getting rid of clothes. But it wasn’t enough for me.
I actually did wear all of my clothes so I didn’t have to do laundry as frequently.
Maybe that was ok for college life, but after that, the amount of clothing I had was no longer practical. It was a big burden.
What helped me was slowly weeding out my least favorites and then realizing which ones I reached for most when all my clothes were clean.
I tried putting my favorites aside and only wearing those for a while.
This helped me notice any clothes that I thought were my favorite but didn’t end up being a favorite compared to my other favorites.
In less than a year, this process helped me go from about 20 pairs of jeans to 3. And I never feel like that isn’t enough. I really can’t believe I’m saying this, but I think it’s the perfect amount for me.
I used to think I needed variety in jeans, but now I instead value jeans that are versatile in that they look good with anything. Then my shirts can provide the variety.
Today’s Task: If this is your first time tackling clutter, or if it’s been a while and you’re trying to establish a habit, then start small. Just try getting rid of 3 pairs of pants. OR you could try only keeping 5-10 of your favorites (if you’ve done this before, you could try to get it to a smaller number).
Here are some things that made it easier for me:
Get rid of them if…
- they had holes in the back pockets (Ya’ll, I seriously kept them for the longest time and just wore a really long shirt with them. So embarrassing!)
- they were too tight or too big
- they were too short
- they had stains that annoyed me
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