I Can’t Seem to Get Rid of T-Shirts: On the Road to a Capsule Wardrobe

So one of my big resolutions for 2021 that I’m trying to get going was to downsize my closet and create capsule wardrobes. I thought that this would be an inherently easy task for me to do once I set my mind to it, but all I’ve seem to do is stress myself out a bunch.

I personally think that over the past few years, I’ve become a more practical person when it comes to the things I own than a sentimental one. For example, I’m taking a ceramics class and I want each of my pieces that I make to be able to serve a purpose after I’m done with the class. I don’t want to make something just because it looks pretty.

I’ve come to find out that I have a real attachment to clothing that I never realized before. there are definitely things that I don’t wear and yet I keep them for those times when I’ve literally worn everything else in my closet. They are there just in case.

Being a minimalist for about 4 years, I know that just in case items are usually just clutter and they need to go, so why is it that I can’t seem to get rid of any of my t-shirts when my shirt drawer can barely close shut as it is?

A New Year’s resolution that I made this year that I didn’t put in My Zero Waste/Eco-Minimalist New Year’s Resolutions was that I really want to start dressing how I want to feel and embracing my own personal style. The best that I can describe it is as sort of a

bohemian and earthy look, and the regular old t-shirts that I own don’t really fit in with that.

A big problem that I’ve found is that my normal methods of weeding out my clothing isn’t quite working the same with my t-shirts. Usually, I ask myself how long it’s been since I last wore the piece of clothing, do I really love it, and would I be sad if I never wore this thing again? Most of the time there is some piece in my closet that I haven’t worn in forever, I don’t really love a whole lot, and I’m not sad if I never see it again. But that just isn’t the case with my t-shirts. I wear my shirts all the time, I wear them all the time because I love them, and some of the shirts I have I would be sad to let go of because I got them in special places or for special reasons.

To say that I am stumped at what to do in an understatement.

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