Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Help! I'm trying to pare down my Wardrobe - A Rant

I feel like I'm sounding like a broken record: I have too much clothes in my closet! I need to pare down! But most of the stuff in my closet are me-made or me-refashioned items, I have a hard time parting with them. (See the same old rants here and here). And even if I donate them to the local charities, they may just throw them in the garbage bin because my me-made clothes have no tags that indicate brands or sizes. That would defeat the purpose of donating and recycling my clothes!

So when I read a recent post from one of my favourite bloggers Zoe Edwards about trying to achieve a 'sustainable wardrobe', I was nodding all the way! However, I still don't know what to do with my very large me-made wardrobe.

What do you think I should do? Should I have a online yard sale/car boot sale of sorts to pare down my wardrobe? Any ideas and suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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  1. I had that same problem this year. I refashioned so many clothes that I just had too much. I loved them all. What I did was give some to friends who just loved them as much as I did or give to charity that I knew don't toss clothes. It's a smaller mom/pop sort of place.

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    1. Thanks Lauren! I guess I just need to call the different charity stores in my area to see who would not throw out the tagless garments.

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  2. How about one of those charities that get clothing that gets given directly to women for work. There are all different jobs, and women who will need suitable clothing.

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    1. Thanks Summer Flies. That's a great idea!

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  3. Can you ask at your local charity shops whether they would be able to sell clothing without tags for size or brand? If they would sell them, not throw them out, it might make your decision a little easier.

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    1. Thanks Jenny! I need to call around and see which charity would not throw out tagless garments.

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  4. Yes, I find it difficult to send things to op shops too, as they may not be used - and most people do not have a shape anywhere near mine. Having read the post you referred to, the reason we did not have much in the 80's is because we did not have the same sort of life - in some ways, we were the leftovers from older generations. I wore uniforms and had not much else - I couldn't afford it. I have to admit to not throwing much away, but it does take me a while to make each garment, and I am careful to make clothes that I need. Not sure how this helps you though - perhaps just wear and enjoy your clothes, and only add what you need in the future.

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    1. Thanks Sarah Liz! I know what you mean in terms of the unique body shapes that we have - very few people would fit into our me-made/me-refashioned clothes! I had a lot less clothing when I was younger broke student. I was moving between towns/cities frequently that it would not have been practical to have a large wardrobe. Now that I'm all settled in the same place, my wardrobe grew and grew!

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    2. I'm starting to know what you mean about a wardrobe growing and growing...

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