So the Christmas holidays are well and truly over but there remains one crippling hangover that will take more than a couple of aspirins and a long lie down in a dark room to shift.
Ladies, I’m talking about the dreaded Christmas wardrobe clearout that gives us all the headache from hell.
You know it has to be done, but that EastEnders omnibus and the half-eaten tin of Quality Street seems a much more appealing option, Right?
If you dread the thought of picking out clothes every day and your wardrobe is spilling out onto the floor (and over every chair in your bedroom) why not take some time out in the quieter days of January to detox your wardrobe.
If you’ve ever picked up a copy of Marie Kondo’s ‘Spark Joy’ you will know how satisfying it can be to see a cupboard or drawer organised and tidied.
Yes, you already know some hacks—if you haven’t worn it in a year, toss it. And like every tired old piece of one-size-fits-all advice, there are gaping holes in the logic. That old rule doesn’t account for what you do with, say, a truly unique designer piece that you know you’ll wear, but just don’t have use for regularly.
I’ve put together some tips to help you start and realistically pare down what you don’t *really* need.
- Everything must come out. The best way to facilitate this is to have four piles. Keep, throw, sell and charity. Use those extra large plastic zipper bags you can buy from Ikea so you can see exactly what’s in each bag.
- Start easy. Begin by removing the clothes that are stained, ripped, or faded beyond recognition. Items that are no longer in wearable condition can still be donated – find out your local centre at www.recyclenow.com
- Remove seasonal items. Remove off-season clothing to free up some needed space. Then, store the remaining pieces in a separate wardrobe where they will not be in your way.
- Get rid of clothes that don’t fit once and for all. If you’re in-between sizes, certainly keep some clothing from both. But if you haven’t cleared out your wardrobe for quite some time, there are likely a number of ill-fitting items that can be removed entirely—whether you changed sizes, the item shrunk or stretched, or it never did fit quite right. Pass them on to someone who can use them.
- ‘One man’s trash is another man’s treasure’ – Grab a few friends to come over and help with your detox and they could walk away with some new additions to love for their own.
- Reselling– Ebay.co.uk is a excellent tool for reselling your clothes, simply take photos of your pieces, write a title, description and ship them to their new home. You can either list an item at a ‘buy it now’ price, or do an auction listing starting at a low price to attract buyers, with them outbidding each other in the hopes of winning.Sunday is the busiest day for Ebay, particularly via the app, so aim to list auction-style items to end on a Sunday afternoon/evening as people are more likely to be free to bid.
There’s no time like the present to get started- good luck and enjoy your new space, Sinead.
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