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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!