I am trying to have a clear out and I keep reading about how people are doing it so well, I mean look at Annette from I Give you the Verbs and Tracie at Beets and Birch. Bish bash bosh, cleared out and tidy wardrobe, no 1980’s outfits lurking in these ladies closets.
So, why is it then that when I charge at my clothes with a hard head and a trash bag do I manage to pull out a single scraggy t shirt which is in no state to even send to charity. How do people fill bags? It isn’t like my wardrobe is minimal, I need to get rid of stuff and there is plenty of stuff in there which firmly falls into the ‘haven’t worn in 2 years’ or ‘doesn’t fit’ or ‘I don’t really like it anymore’ categories.
Here are the holdback areas I need to address-
1. I might like it again (yeah, when the 90’s are cool again and I am 60 years old)
2. It might fit again (ahem who am I kidding)
3. It is good quality and I didn’t wear it much. (and….)
4. Memories, it has memories attached. (take a photo and move on)
5. It is a designer piece. (I mean Matthew Williamson for H&M or Jean Paul Gaultier for Target)
So here are two examples of items (pictured above) I can’t/won’t get rid of and the whys.
I bought the Patrick Cox Wannabe loafers in the 90’s when they were a big deal and I was so happy to be owning a pair like one of the cool kids. I am pretty sure I got them on sale but they were still very expensive for just finished college me. I was so excited to own a pair of Patrick Cox shoes, I was heading to New York City for a few days and these cool babies were coming with me. Distressed Levi’s and these shoes were going to be my look. I am not sure whether I wore them before the trip very much or not, but these shoes were the most uncomfortable things I have ever worn in my life. Ever. They never got better, no wearing in or getting more comfortable, these shoes are solid, not an ounce of stretch or sensible shoe in sight.
First day in New York and I was hobbling about like an old lady (in damn cool shoes)! I still kept them and I still wore them, band aids in my purse at the ready!
So, I still keep them and I don’t even consider getting rid of them, they have memories (mainly of painful blisters) and they are designer (really) and they were a 90’s fashion icon!
The red Levi’s were my Mum’s and I snaffled them as soon as I was allowed. I did borrow them whenever I could when I was a kid, but I always wanted those jeans as my own. As my Mum rocked these beauties, I was in a pair of dungarees which was my first denim at about age 10 or 11. I think she gave them to me while I was at college and I wore them for a 70’s fancy dress party although they are so universal, they looked modern and still do. I would totally wear them now if I could fit my butt into them!
I remember my Mum getting these jeans along with a striped sweatshirt which was also cool, but I didn’t steal! It was a killer outfit in the late 70’s, maybe even very early 80’s.
Another item I am keeping.
Having said all that, there are other items which I think have the magical hold over me that these two pieces do, but I need to toughen up and grab a big trash bag or three.
Are you good at clearing out? Or do you hesitate and then keep every darn thing?