What do I mean by this? One of the things I mean is that I have a closet and a dresser full of clothes, and even if we separate out those that don't fit (or don't fit right now, my preferred way of describing them) and then of the ones that fit (right now) we separate out those that are clearly special-occasion or limited-use items - even after all that, if you consider the everyday-able items that fit right now, I only routinely use probably a quarter of what's there. Estimating very generously.
It's hard to find time at the moment to go through and get rid of things I don't use. (It's even harder to consider things that don't fit [right now] and admit that I might well not ever use them if they did fit and harder still to admit that they might never fit again.) Even if I didn't have a four-month-old occupying most of my waking attention the task would be daunting. But sometimes I think what I really want is to clear it all out, all of it,* and begin again with the capsuliest of capsule wardrobes. (Note: What I am about to describe is not the capsuliest wardrobe ever imagined, not by a long shot. But for me?)
- Blue jeans. Three or four pairs.
- Leggings. Maybe three or four each in black, charcoal, a good navy blue, and a nice plummy purple.
- Work-appropriate tops and skirts. About half a dozen of each. Ditto colors - black, grey, navy, plum.
- Couple of sweaters for colder work days.
- Weekend tops. Scoop or v-neck too-casual-for-work t-shirts would be okay, or I could revert to printed t-shirts and hooded sweatshirts. These, I have. I tend not to wear the t-shirts because I'm in a place in my life where crew necks kind of throttle me and I'm not bananas about the boxy shape. I bet even printed t-shirts can be altered, though. If one cares enough to do it.
- A small number of dresses that are dressier than the tops-and-skirts-possibly-with-leggings combos that can be made from the leggings, tops, and skirts already named.
- Underwear: some bras, each with let's say three pair of matching knickers.
- Socks: some solid black but otherwise stripes, other fun novelty designs, or handknits.
- Footwear: one pair each Tieks flats, Mahabis slippers, Hunter welly boots. Some sort of hiking boot for the icy snow we get around here. Sambas? Converse? Dress shoes to go with the dressier dresses named earlier, but not as many dress shoes as I have now.
- Outerwear: one each light, medium, and heavy coats. I'd probably allow myself to knit as many hats and scarves as I wanted.
- Nighttime: two sets each jammies or similar for warm/hot and cool/cold weather.
I already make so few choices about getting dressed, I mean; having this level of streamlining would (I often think) make me feel a lot better because there'd be fewer choices even available to me - so I wouldn't ever feel like I ought to be choosing something different. Plus someone else could be using most or all of this stuff that's been in the back of my closets and drawers all this time. That's really the worst of it; my guilt exists on two levels, one being that the contents of my closet and drawers and shoe rack represent a lot of money and not using these things feels like I've just lit thousands of dollars on fire because it burns so pretty - and the other being that well, shit, at least that fire could be keeping someone else warm, couldn't it.
The shoes will be the hardest to cull, sunk cost-wise. But I need to try on all my shoes and make sure if they fit post-baby anyway; if they don't, there's even less point in keeping them. Clothes that don't fit right now, at least part of my brain tells me there is the possibility I will one day be a size 10 again. (Will I at that time choose to wear what I chose to wear last time I was a size 10? My brain prefers to duck that question.) That is, clothes that don't fit right now don't fit for soft-body-part reasons. Shoes that don't fit right now don't fit for bone reasons, and I don't think the bones are going back.
It's a bit mercenary, but I sort of feel like I should do this cull and then haul the stuff I'm not keeping to a consignment shop first - not that anything I have is at all high fashion (nor has ever been, so don't be thinking "retro" or anything), but wouldn't that be a way to make back some cash on the whole operation? And then take what a consignment shop doesn't want to the Goodwill or similar?
I mean I need to do something. Every time I go in my closet, my self-loathing grows and multiplies. Somebody help.
* I get to keep my wedding dress and a small number of other sentimental items even if I straight up have no intention to use them ever again.