I realized that there's room for my off-season, business, and too-small clothes in three small, recently-emptied, drawers in the guest-room closet.
I'm much happier with this, because I did not want to put any clothes back in the basement. When it comes to clutter, out of sight isn't out of mind.
Then I turned to the "rags" bin.
Since I wanted to keep a painting outfit, I put a pair of jeans and a couple of tops back in my closet. Better to keep them with the rest of my clothes, instead of hidden away in a (packed) basement.
I took the wearable "rags" out of the house and dropped them in a donation bin. Getting them out of the house felt great.
Now, instead of two full bins going back into the basement, I have just a dozen rags.
This feels much better.