There’s something very freeing about de-cluttering. As you get rid of the things you don’t need, you start to realize that your stuff is not all that important.
I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been trying to rid myself of at least one thing a day, and it’s been surprisingly easy. I’ve gotten rid of a ton of clothing that I don’t miss at all.
But there’s one category that I still have a little trouble with, and that’s the stuff I’ve made with my own two hands.
Is it because this stuff actually is important? Or is it something else?
I’ve tried to dig a little deeper and think about why this is. Here’s what I’ve come up with.
Why getting rid of handmades is so hard
- It feels like failure. Admitting that you don’t need something you made is admitting that you made a mistake. Of course, the same could be said of something you buy, but it feels much less personal.
- I am attached. I grow attached to the things I make, even if they aren’t useful. They still feel special.
- It feels wasteful. Often, I will still be in love with the fabric I used, even if I no longer love the garment. Saying goodbye makes me feel like I wasted the fabric.
I’m not saying these reasons are logical, just that they are there, buried deep in my brain.
There are a few things I’ve noticed that make getting rid of these precious projects a little easier.
Dumping the baggage
- Documentation. First, if I’ve photographed it and wrote about it on the blog, I find it easier to part with. It seems odd, but I feel like it’s been documented and loved and will continue to exist in some form in the world. I learned from making it and can move on.
Transitioning. Second, putting it aside for a while helps. I can pack it away into a temporary holding area before getting rid of it. Once it’s out of my sight for a while, I know I can say goodbye. If not, I can still hold onto it as a keepsake.
Last chance. Third, I can try giving it one more shot. If I wear it one last time and don’t feel beautiful and comfortable in it, it’s time to go.
Do you have any tricks for making it easier to part with your precious handmade garments?