By the time I get back into my pre-pregnancy clothes, I'll probably be ready for new ones, so my clothes should be easy to purge. I read somewhere that we wear 20% of our clothes 80% of the time... or was that brain power? :-) I'm positive that I don't wear most of the clothes I have. I can name at least 15 pieces I don't like off the top of my head. Don't get me wrong, I don't have a ton of clothing or buy stuff on impulse. Actually the opposite is true. I hate clothes shopping, so when I find something I like I buy every color/print it comes in so that I can stop looking! This means that I have several items that wear at the same time or stretch/fade/go south all at the same time. I can just round up each version of the item and toss them all. That way I don't have to try them on either!
My husband on the other hand has a TON of shoes! I think he holds on to old shoes as "yard shoes" so that he doesn't have to part with them. I find them in the garage, hallway closet, bedroom... They are usually all the same too! he will return to the same store every year or two to get the same pair of shoes! We are going to get rid of some of the old ones this week.
We are pretty good about getting rid of the clothes that the boys stain or grow out of, but now that we know the baby will be a boy I'm trying to hold on to some of O's hand-me-downs. He is pretty rough on clothes though and he is the second in line for most of them. We've been getting big guy clothes from a coworker lately now too, since Ry is going to be 7. This just enables me to avoid clothes shopping further! :-) I love it!! However, I'm sure there are clothes in the boys' room that shouldn't be saved because we just don't like them. My boys don't like skulls or dark colors much, so we can donate them. I know we have several pair of little boy shoes that can go now too since the 3-year-old wears SIZE 11 and the almost-seven's kindergarten clothes from last year. At some point he just started wearing his older brother's clothes and shoes and now we have sizes 9 and 10 in shoes and 2T, 3T, 4T that no longer fit him.
We have a neighborhood pickup on Saturday for the local cancer research center, so this is a great week to get a move on and purge our closets. My goal is at least 6 bags to donate!