Why my wardrobe needs a serious clear out…

Ok, so I’m assuming (and desperately hoping) that I’m not alone in this but I’m a recovering shopaholic, yes that’s right I admit it, I’ve had issues in the past with over indulgent shopping which over the years has resulted in me having no money to speak of and a wardrobe which is overflowing and bursting at the seams. Don’t believe me, well check this out…

And that’s just my day-to-day clothes, this doesn’t even cover the 6 giant vacuum bags of old clothes I have stored in my loft!

You see, I also suffer with the problem that I hoard a lot of clothes from my skinnier years. I would LOVE to be the size I was at 18, I was certainly a lot happier and confident with my look and figure back then and somehow I’ve come to feel that the clothes I owned at that time are the only reminder of the person I was back then. When I look at my wardrobe these days it only serves to remind me of the person I don’t want to be.

However as I approach a new era (as Jennifer Garner in 13 Going on 30 would say, the era of “30, flirty and thriving”) I want my thirties to be positive, healthy, confident, successful and less materialistic. I want to have the financial freedom to buy what I want and need when I see it but not feel the urge to drown my sorrows in purchasing wasteful and tacky tat which will ultimately sit like a toxic bog at the bottom of my wardrobe making me feel miserable whenever I open the doors and see it. I want to purge my wardrobe and free myself from the weight of this mountain of cheap material where I am living in the shadow of my former skinner self…

The questions I intend to ask myself in order to clear the decks include;

  • Does the item fit?
  • Is it in good condition?
  • If not would I really want to wear it again if I could fit into it?
  • Does it create the look I want to achieve?
  • Have I outgrown it (in terms of age)?
  • Do I like it?
  • Do I wear it?
  • If I don’t wear it why not?
  • Does it have sentimental value (restrict to only a few pieces)?

I’m hoping to enlist the help of some friends in this pursuit, after all I can’t sort through 12 years of purchases, 3 wardrobes and 6 vacuum bags on my own, but hopefully at the end of it I will be lighter and freer to go forth and start my thirties in the manner in which I would like them to continue. Watch this space; I’ll keep you posted… 🙂

Posted on September 2, 2011, in Fashion, My stuff and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I completely understand, I too am a shopoholic and sometimes just can’t help myself when I see that perfect dress, bag or ultimately pair of shoes! I had to have a clear out last weekend because my wardroe actually collapsed under the weight of all my clothes. I have to say I was quite brutal and donated a lot to charity. I did feel better afterwards so it is worth it. I have to say I am very jealous of your shoe rack I need to get me one of those, hope the clear out goes well Jen xoxo http://mystylisticlife.wordpress.com

    • Thanks Jen, I’ll let you know how I get on. The shoe rack is from Ikea as is the whole wardrobe, I love it and has made a big difference to how well I can organise things. Love the blog by the way, lots of lovely things to coo over! 🙂 xx

  2. That sort of personal enlightenment is not only brave but worthy of an excellent person. Good luck – you WILL get there with the decluttering and the downsizing! xxxxxxx

  3. I would add fabric to your check list. I know that when I ws 18-21 my wardrobe consisted of a lot of nylon and polyester – all pretty things, I hasten to add, but these days I think fabric and how well made something is is way more important than whether it’s pretty. Clothing in those and other man-made fabrics really doesn’t wear well, nor is it often very flattering. These days I have hardly any clothes in those materials and often pass over the prettiest things in shops because of it. I was drawn like a moth to a flame to the msot gorgeous dress the other day, it looked like flowing silk. But no, 100% polyester. All I could think was “yuck”. Completely took the glamour out of the dress for me. Spring for silk, cotton, wool. It doesn’t have to cost the earth and it’ll be more comfortable (especially in warm weather), will look better and last longer 🙂

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