Ok, I’m openly accepting the fact that I am indeed a hoarder. I’m not talking about hoarding masses of weird shit like they do on that TV programme, but more so just clothes really. Although, some of my fashion choices are pretty questionable and could probably be classed as ‘weird shit’ but lets not chat about that. The point is, I have too much clothes. And not gonna lie, it’s overwhelming.
If you open your wardrobe every morning (who am I kidding, mine is so full it doesn’t even close) and think ‘I literally have nothing to wear’, get dressed and strip off approximately five times before running out the door in a flustered state – you. have. too. much. shit. Sorry, but we both know that its true.
After a little (a lot of) nagging from Euan, I decided it was time to have a mass clear out. I mean, it was getting a little stressful spending half an hour every morning wading through piles of unworn tat just to find the top I was looking for, usually discovered crumpled and sad at the bottom of the heap. Getting ready and selecting my outfit just wasn’t fun anymore.
So, we started by pulling everything out of the wardrobe and sorting what was there into piles – things I’m not going to be wearing anytime soon, things I’m going to list on Depop (shop here), or items i’m planning on bagging for charity. Now this is when things started to get a bit tricky. Tricky as in I’m a total pain in the arse and I don’t want to let go of my clothes, but shh, I didn’t admit that.
With each item I picked up, I asked myself ‘have I worn this in the past month?’ ‘does this fit me properly?’ ‘is this appropriate for the current season?’
Even though the majority answer was ‘no’, I SUCK at parting with my clothes. I get sellers regret so freakin’ bad. Every time I get an email from Depop notifying me that one of my items has been sold my heart sinks. But in todays climate of mass consumerism, I think it’s so important to endorse sustainability and if it means the unworn dress at the back of my wardrobe ends up in the hands of someone who will appreciate it more then its totally worth it. Goodbye sweet blouse, enjoy your new home.
So I was ruthless. Well, kind of. I decided to keep the things that I wear on a weekly basis to the office – like my dress trousers in grey, black and navy, an assortment of crease-proof blouses, and a selection of blazers. I also picked out the four pairs of jeans I tend to wear on rotation. Same with knitted jumpers. The rest I’ve either put away for when better weather comes around (i.e. summer dresses and light jackets), hung on the rail in the office (i.e. going out dresses that I only wear every once in a while) or folded into a pile ready to be popped onto Depop or Ebay.
My wardrobe doors can now close properly. And more importantly, I can open them without a heap of jumpers falling on top of my head as soon as I do so. RESULT.
I’m not really sure where I was going with this blog post. It was going to be a ‘how to decide what to keep and what to not’ kinda post, but in true Bex style it has turned out to be a bit of a rambly one. Anyway – if you’re like me and feeling overwhelmed and stressed out by the amount of stuff you have crammed away in your wardrobe, this is the perfect time to sort it out. Just take an afternoon and get it done. I mean, gotta make space for the new season, right?