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Aerden [userpic]
Scrapbook of the Soul

I've been doing laundry, cleaning house, and bagging up old clothing to take to Goodwill today. I've been inspired to do this because of a friend of mine, who owns so much thrift store clothing that she doesn't take care of it and has been known to use it as carpeting in her bedroom.

I don't ever want to get to that point. I am a human being; I prefer to live like one.

So today, I noticed that I have a pile of clothing that is approaching the pile that my friend owns, and I decided that I must Do Something About It--Today.

I'm not having too much difficulty getting rid of most of the old clothing I no longer wear. Most of it is too small for me now, ergo, it's heading for Goodwill. But I am deeply stymied when it comes to my t-shirts.

I can't bear to give any of my t-shirts away, except the Xena one.

Mind you, I've had some of these t-shirts since 1982 or earlier. A lot of them are t-shirts from science fiction conventions I attended or have some relationship to fantasy or SF. I own quite a few dragon t-shirts, as befitting a longtime Pern fan. I have some Babylon 5 t-shirts, some Star Trek t-shirts, a goodly collection of Celtic t-shirts, and some pagan T-shirts. I also own several Kinky Friedman t-shirts. I plan to buy a Dog the Bounty Hunter t-shirt soon.

I know I've got to get rid of some of these, and I've realized that the reason I don't want to is that these t-shirts are pieces of my life, touchstones to lovely memories, reminders and affirmations of my most deeply-held beliefs and interests. If you look at my t-shirts, you can pretty much tell what sort of person I am and what I love.

I don't know how to give away or throw away things which so powerfully remind me of who I am and what I've done in my life.

I think I could put the older ones into a storage crate, but I really, really don't want to say farewell to them forever.

Current Location: Home
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Current Music: "Tourdion Magdelani

For some people, it works to take photos of stuff they're giving away and keep the photos.

Make a blanket or quilt out of them. Cut out the relevant T-shirt picture, sew them together, and slap a backing on them. Voila! You get to keep the T-shirts and they are now something useful.

Amqu--That is a neat idea! I like that a lot.


Per the quilt idea--I actually have a quilt my grandmother made that has pieces of a pair of her pants in it. I only realized that's what this fabric was when I saw a series of photographs of her wearing the pants. I wouldn't be surprised if other old articles of clothing went into it as well.

Thinking about my own old clothes, I find it hard to part with them, even if they don't really fit me anymore. My freshman year of college I lost a lot of weight, and ended up dropping from a size 16 to a size 12. This occurrence was closely followed by a major closet overhaul. I think I kept most of my t-shirts, though--they were all way too big for me, but I relegated them to pajama duty. Oversized t-shirts make comfy pjs.

I'm also somewhat surprised to realize that I have no Star Trek t-shirts. I was raised on that stuff. My dad is a huge fan. He got offended when I told him the Original Series was really cheesy.