Swish cleaning my wardrobe!
It’s hard to believe 6 months have passed since I completed my 6 item challenge. Whilst I’ve been conscious since then of the number of clothes I’m wearing each week I’ve not managed to stick to the number 6 at any time since then. It’s amazing how sticky toddler fingers find a newly put on item of clothing!
I made a public commitment in my last blog post to go through my wardrobe to get rid of items and be more conscious of what I buy and what I wear. With the start of a new season and the changing weather I finally propelled myself in to action and have gone through my wardrobe.
I knew I had a lot of clothes, still don’t know how I’ve amassed so many! But how many? I was afraid to put a number to them but I’ve counted them all up and excluding sportwear, underwear and sleepwear I’ve got just over 150 clothes, 32 pairs of shoes and 20 handbags. Had to sit down after that count up. And for the next confession, I’ve worn less than half of them in the last 6 months. .
So it should be easy to get rid of a few to bring to the swish at West Ealing Library this week then, shouldn’t it?!
Wrong! Almost every item I took out I found myself making excuses about why I couldn’t get rid of it.
“But I might be invited to a party when I could wear that…”
“What if they do get married next year, I could wear that…”
“I really like that even though I’ve got nowhere to wear it…”
“When my Little One doesn’t need carrying I could wear that, but not until then!”
In the end I tried to be firm with myself and succeeded in packing up 30 items for the swish. It was really hard to part with the clothes, they’re only clothes but
it was painful. Now I’ve done it though I feel a bit lighter and I’ve found myself looking at the rest a little more critically. I’ve even added two more items to the get rid of pile. Turns out the first clear out is the hardest!
The results of my efforts will be at the Swish on Thursday. Happy swapping, I hope whoever chooses to take home those items gives them a bit more life and wear than I’ve managed!