12 Reasons You Keep Clothes You Never Wear (and How to Get Rid of Them)
1. You lost weight or gained weight and are anticipating a significant change in your size (it happens – when you make it happen).
2. You were inebriated or in a fugue state while you were shopping. What were you thinking? You hate that color and there’s no sleeves and yet, you never show your arms…
3. Your hormones were raging and you thought it looked sexy at the time, and now you’re having doubts.
4. Someone “gifted” you the hideous garment and you feel guilty (while simultaneously hating it), so it hangs there and continually makes you feel bad while hogging valuable real esate in your closet and drawers.
5. It reminds you of something, an event, a date, a special someone, and yet, it is now out of style.
6. Plaid just doesn’t fit into your professional wardrobe, but you were overcome with a feeling of nostalgia for the Bay City Rollers that Saturday at the outlet mall, plus the schoolgirl skirt was on special.
7. You know that glitter toe socks will have a third big moment when you are in your fifties or sixties, as they have already had two major showings. Meanwhile, they suck up nine valuable, cubic inches in your sock drawer.
8. Your best friend persuaded you to buy it because she liked it, and you were feeling particularly vulnerable, needy and/or impulsive that day.
9. You simply ARE really a compulsive shopper, and the evidence is stuffed in your closet. It’s okay. Admitting it is part of the healing…
10. Studded leather was really hot when you were in college, but you no longer have the courage to wear it indoors or out (or the red dog collar).
11. The dressing room mirror was the distorted, tricky, skinny type and didn’t correspond to your home mirror, i.e., it looked better in the store.
12. You bought it for the special event that never happened and never will.
So now you’ve identified the cause for hanging onto the burdensome garment, so here’s what to do next:
1. Donate to Goodwill.
2. Pass it on to your younger sister, brother, or special someone.
3. Give it to someone you don’t like (Marie Kondo won’t like this).
4. Toss it (this is not the eco-friendly thing, necessarily).
5. Recycle it, but this means it’s still taking up cubic inches in your home. Example, underwear and socks make great dust rags and a sweater can be upcycled into a tube top for your tablet. Or… better to just do number 4, actually.
Clutter Control Freak