No there isn't going to be any advice here, no burning questions answered, only more questions asked. I was considering the concept of closet orphans recently, a term I am newly using and I'm not sure who gets the credit for coining it or where I first heard/read it. I regularly go through my closet and just examine what I have, and while I should probably not admit that I have such abundant spare time on my hands there it is. I admit it. Sometimes it's the colour which doesn't work as well as I thought it would, or it's the shape which perhaps explains why it was on sale. Sometimes it just looks better on the hanger than it does on me.
Whenever I dive into my closet for fun I get the urge to re-organise it because I cannot decide how I want it organised. Unlike books, which I know exactly how I want organised and it isn't by colour, I cannot decide between a few options which seem very logical to me for clothing. I used to divide my closet between warmer season and cooler season clothing and I definitely had more of the latter in my closet while summer clothes, worn mostly when I was off work, were more casual and more likely to be folded away in drawers. More and more I am leaning towards a wardrobe of items that are multi-season and so I'm less inclined to organise them seasonally. It makes more sense to dress for the actual weather than the particular season and where I live weather is mild for much of the year. Anyhow, this is very nearly a digression so back to the closet.
One possible organisation option is to separate tops and bottoms and thus divide things into tops, skirts, pants, dresses, jackets/vests. Sometimes I do this. It looks very tidy and pleases my eye. Another is to sort everything by colour, which also looks visually pleasing and can be helpful if dressing in a hurry, though that is something I rarely/never need to do. My sweaters are all in a cabinet to keep Sophie from sleeping on them so they are out of sight anyhow and cannot be part of this colour coordinating effort, as are my tee shirts. What I really like doing is sorting my closet by outfits. Making outfits on the hanger is my grown up version of dressing dolls. I sometimes think I should just live in jeans and tee shirts myself and get a mannequin to dress up for fun. I love to sort my clothes into outfits and then hang them all at one end of the closet, theoretically so I can select from the complete outfits when getting dressed.
Making outfits definitely calls my attention to any orphans I may have so it's useful in that sense but the downside is that visually I find this a messy look and I don't always want to wear these pre-assembled outfits when it comes time to dress, often because I am still struggling with the idea that it is "too fancy" to wear on a just staying home day, and sometimes because nothing I have pre-assembled suits the weather. I still feel guilt about having more clothing than I need and yet still feel joy over clothes, colours and textiles to play with and options to suit my moods. All I really need are jeans and a few tops and one or two nice skirts for going out. I just can't stand the boredom of that and then I fell guilt again for having the luxury of addressing that problem.
Yes, that's what I have, guilt at having a comfortable lifestyle. I don't know if I will ever get rid of that. One can always compare oneself to others and find those who are wealthier and those who are poorer. I am not wealthy by the standards of my own culture, though I am comfortable, but I have vast wealth compared with most in the world. How I use my wealth involves a variety of expenditures but the only one I feel guilt about is clothing. It still feels frivolous to me no matter how hard I try to justify it as self care. Fussing over how to organise my closet, how to dress myself and bothering to dress well beyond what is minimally required all make me feel guilty.
I haven't got an answer, a solution or any useful platitude. The only thing I have to offer today are my thoughts and this photo of me with 'just washed it and can't do anything with it hair' a pre-coffee glassy stare and a colourful and comfortable outfit for staying home and writing.