Sunday, 4 September 2016

How To Tell When You NEED a Wardrobe Clear Out

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If you're that person who claims that you have nothing to wear when you have a wardrobe full of clothes then its time to have a clear out.

If you could quite comfortably go a few weeks without doing any washing and ironing because you have so many outfits, then its definitely time to have a clear out.

And if you open your wardrobe and can quite easily pull out ten things that no longer fit, have holes in or are not your style anymore then, you've guessed it!  You NEED a wardrobe clear out!

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Over the past year, I've spoken a lot about my personal style and how it has changed.  Gone are the days when I'd reach for a brightly coloured printed top every single day; now my style is a lot more plain and simple but for the time being, I like it that way.

When I've been looking at my wardrobe lately, I feel so uninspired and I guess thats because the majority of the pieces in there don't feel like 'me' anymore.  To conquer this, I've been going through my wardrobe and being really ruthless.  I'm selling the majority of pieces in my wardrobe that I feel no longer fit my style over on eBay and then with whats left, I'm really getting my use out of what I have and wearing some old favourites again.

I'm a big believer in wearing things more than once... twice or even ten times.  When I buy my clothes I like to buy them with the aim of being able to wear them until I wear them out and I think that's really important.

When I really think about it, so much time and effort goes into making a lot of the clothes that we wear here in the UK and a lot of the time its by people working for a low wage in other countries.  Then theres the effect on the environment with the sourcing of the materials and transportation, etc.  The ethics behind that are perhaps for a whole other blog post however the fact remains that whether its a £4 t shirt or a £90 coat, wearing it once is a total waste.

I like to be able to get as much use out of my clothes as possible and with my style switching to more basic pieces and plain colour palettes, this will be even easier for me to do.  At the moment, I've found that because my wardrobe is filled with brightly coloured patterned pieces, I've ended up with SO many clothes because I've bought new pieces but haven't got my wear out of the older ones and I've kept them so that I can get my wear out of them in the future.  When in actual fact, I'll never wear these statement pieces out in a month of Sundays because I just have far too many of them.

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Its time to draw a line.

I've cleared out my wardrobe of all of the things that I haven't worn in the last year, the things that don't make me smile when I look at them, the pieces I don't feel great in and the items that I've bought because I loved them at the time and swore I'd fit into one day but now, I look at them and think that I'd not wear them.

I've been listing these pieces online in small batches and while I've got a lot more to list, I know that the end will be in sight.  Anything that doesn't sell will be going to the charity shop.  The reason why I choose to sell my clothes is because, being plus sized, I know the struggle that girls face to find clothes to fit them in stores and online.  While there's far more choice available now than there was 13 years ago when I first started using eBay, the selection is still limited compared to standard sized stores.  I've found eBay to be absolutely vital to me over the years for finding specific pieces in my size and I'd really recommend it to anyone, regardless of what you're looking for, but especially if you're plus sized.

Now that I've sorted my to-sell clothes out from my to-keep clothes, I need to tidy out and organise my wardrobe... I can already feel more relaxed and calm about my space!

I'll be listing more pieces on my ebay soon so if anyone would like the link to it, please send me an email on whatlauraloves@gmail.com or a Facebook message and I'll get back to you.

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If you have any tips on clearing out your wardrobe or organising your clothes, I'd love to hear them in the comments below!
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11 comments

  1. I really want to try the method of putting your hangers the 'wrong' way around, and putting them the 'right' way once you have worn and washed them - if there's anything still the 'wrong' way 6 months or a year down the line, chuck it! I haven't done it yet because I don't have as much hanging space to have everything up, but soon, I'll get to it and be ruthless!

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  2. well, I am always clearing out my wardrobe and that extent to the house too! R

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  3. I really really need to have a wardrobe clear out. I am guilty of keeping things in case I wear them "one day" but in reality that day never comes!

    www.sparklesatmidnight.com

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  4. YES! I hear you girlfriend and now we are in September my seasonal wardrobe clear-out is in my diary. I tend to store my summer clothes away for winter and vice versa and review what's what when I swap them over. I am yet to sell anything on Ebay but you have inspired me to do so. I am like you in that I tend to work out the cost per wear...and like to wear as much as poss! I was guilty of "leaving things for" best...but life is too short not to wear fabulous things whenever you want!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Leigh at Fashion Du Jour LDN x
    www.fashiondujour.co.uk

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  5. Like you, I've switched to wearing plainer clothes than I use to. I just find them easier to mix and match and therefore, I get more use and wear out of them! I ay clear out my wardrobe actually, you have inspired me! xx

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  6. I am in a serious need of a clear out! I get to attached to things that I know deep down I'll never wear again! I'm slowly getting rid of some old things but it's quite time consuming! xo

    http://rachelnicole.co.uk/

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  7. Laura. I really need to clear out my wardrobe. I did it for Sylvia and she now has just clothes that fit and we are building a new collection through blogging but for me... my clothes are literally years old. I've had the same things since Sylvia was born and i need to chuck them and start over. I need to love myself more. Inspirational post!

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  8. I have regular clear outs and tend to donate to charity shops. I think a good cull is healthy, and if you buy classics too you have pieces you will always wear.

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  9. I've gotten into 'Kondo-ing' recently, and it feels so good to have a mass clear out once in a while! x

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  10. I really needed this post! More & more poeple are talking about massive clear out, I did... I clean the apartment and removed the clutter from my home... no wait a second.. I hide everything in my spare bedroom!!!! ending up having spare bedroom looking like a damp hole because i haven't got the guts to throw it away! I need help! quick!

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