At least twice a year I sort clothes, make a list, bag them up, and drive them to the closest donation center. In between trips I pile clothes-to-donate on the bed in the smaller spare room. When I wear something that is uncomfortable and annoys me all day, it goes directly into the pile (after laundering, of course).
This weekend I put together another load (one of my October goals, by the way). The picture below shows the start of the pile and list. In addition to the clothes, I also donated two pairs of sneakers and a bridesmaid dress from 8+ years ago.
I went through my closets (yes, plural) and my dresser drawers and was dismayed at how few items I was willing to part with. I have SO many clothes. I read somewhere that when you purge clothes you should only keep items you really LOVE. If I did that, I would be left with four t-shirts and nothing else.
Even my usual process of setting aside items that are uncomfortable fails me on a regular basis. Today, for example, I wore a red zip-front sweater from Eddie Bauer that was a Christmas gift from my step-mom. I dislike sweaters of all varieties and I can't stand anything with a collar (or neck of any style), but I can't bring myself to donate the sweater since it was a gift and is not that old (relatively speaking). And yet, it makes me unhappy EVERY time I wear it.
What is this all about? How can I learn to detach myself emotionally from pieces of clothing? I don't actually want to own this much stuff!