I'm vowing to get rid of/donate 80% of my clothing.
For every 5 pieces of clothing, I'll keep one.
And then maintain that amount of clothing.
I hesitate to make a post like this because it definitely comes off as, "look how hip and anti-consumer I am!" Blerg. I'm telling you now, if you're trying to read a post that's super blogger-spirational and all about not perpetuating the culture of stuff, there are plenty of other fashion blog posts like that that are probably also better written and more focused, etc blah blah
This post isn't about buying and having less stuff-- well, I mean it is, but I'm not trying to be all like "LOOK HOW LITTLE STUFF WE CAN TALK ABOUT HAVING." Because everyone can pretty much agree that a lifestyle that's segregated from unhealthy consumer culture is generally desirable. This is not news.
The truth is though, I have a lot of clothes (and stuff-- I have a lot of stuff too).
And I'd like to overcome this thing I have where I have all this stuff and where I base my life around buying/having/doing things with, in, and around said stuff purely for the sake of interacting with the stuff.
So this post is a post to hold me accountable for donating/getting rid of 80% of my clothing.
I mean, I know there's no way for the internet to actually hold me accountable for doing it (+1 for personifying the internet), but I'll feel like a colossal asshole if I don't actually follow through. Plus, people (as in, non-internet people GASP) will also hold me accountable. And I'll try this thing where I hold my myself accountable for things too (crazy, I know).
I think it'll be a good thing.
EDIT* I received a question in the comments asking what my timeline is/how I'm going to decide what to keep.
We're moving into a new apartment June 1st (7 days from now). I want to have completed the purge by May 31st. I figure why move clothes I'm not keeping?
As far as what I'm deciding to keep:
- If an item of clothing doesn't fit, I'm donating it.
- If I can count on one hand the number of times I've worn something, I'm donating it.
- If I haven't worn an item in the past 4 months, I'm donating it (4 months should account for any seasonal changes because we've had weather on both ends of the spectrum and everything in between since February).
- If an item of clothing is greatly damaged or stained, I'm throwing it out (unless there's still hope for it, in which case I'm donating it).
- I have a big stack of vintage clothes I've been meaning to list on my etsy shop-- I'm going to donate half of those (criteria for keeping: quality, uniqueness, season, etc), and finally get around to listing the rest.
If I go through all these criteria and I still haven't gotten rid of 80% of my clothing:
- If I can count on two hands the number of times I've worn something, I'm donating it (I've abstained from thrifting for long enough that item newness shouldn't be an issue here).
I'm really hoping that'll take care of it. But if it comes to that and I still haven't reached my goal, I'm just going to have to bite the bullet and pick my favorites.
(unrelated library photo)