When deciding whether to keep an article of clothing, the “what if” monster strikes me hard.
Wardrobe what ifs: What if all my other jeans are dirty? What if (miraculously) it is the only thing that matches? What if I get invited to an (insert theme) party? What if I decide I like it at some point? What if I lose/gain 10 pounds? It’s seen me through so much; what if I miss it?
They sound silly when I type them out, but those scenarios do run through the back of my mind when I’m deciding whether to keep something in my closet.
Let’s give some honest answers to those very real “what if” scenarios:
What if all my other jeans are dirty? It’s OK (and maybe even better?) to wear dirty jeans. And the same goes for most other clothes. Or I could just do laundry regularly like a responsible adult.
What if it is the only thing that matches? There’s always something else that will match. If not, maybe I shouldn’t be wearing the thing that matches only one other item in my closet anyway.
What if I get invited to an (insert theme) party? I’m not in college and going to sorority parties anymore, so theme parties are (sadly) few and far between. The exception to this might be a great ugly Christmas sweater. That’s worth a spot in my closet.
What if I decide I like it at some point? If I don’t like it now, and haven’t for a year or more, there’s probably a good reason.
What if I lose/gain 10 pounds? If it doesn’t fit right now, it doesn’t need to be hanging in my closet. (Pack it away, at the very least.)
It’s seen me through so much; what if I miss it? Your clothes are not your memories. You’ve got those in your head or in pictures. That’s enough.