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I too have way too many clothes however I developed the following strategy which is helping, although am not yet cured:
- One thing in, one thing out. Basically if I buy anything new something else has to go. Meaning that I think twice before buying and also stop a stock pile (in theory)
- Each season have a clear. Anything that doesn't fit (even slightly) or I just haven't worn goes.
- There are lots of places that sell good quality stuff and give you half of what it goes for. There's a lovely place near me that does this. So I sort things into what goes to charity shop and what goes there. Then anything I make can be used to buy new stuff without hurting purse.
- When I try something on and have any 'not so sure' thoughts, I no longer buy. Regardless of how cheap/special/fashionable it is. I have found through experience this feeling rarely goes away.
- I try to buy more from Charity Shops. Limits choice and is better for the environment/society/purse!
- Give stuff to friends who have less disposable income. Not as charity but as a nice thing to do. E.g- friend of my was saying how she wanted new bag but couldn't afford. Told her I had too many and she could have one, then had fun rummaging through and she got a Kipling bag for free
- Try to stick to a set colours and won't buy outside of tried and tested items.
- Am trying to remove cheap buys and building a higher quality, less is more wardrobe...
Anything i. The loft you havent used for a year, take straight to charity shop. Dont even open the bags. You will be amazed at the relief when you look in your empty loft and go I wish Id done that before.
Holly willoughby said in a mag to get rid of anything that doesnt fit, as it will always be unflattering. Just take it way. Less is more.
(Am clearing like mad today DH on second charity shop run!)
I find turning my hangers helpful. Every now and again I turn them around to face the wrong way. If I wear something it goes back in the wardrobe with the hanger the correct way round. After a couple of months anything still hanging the wrong way goes in the bin (unless it's out of season and I know I will wear it).
I'm in the same boat - though I have the issue of having put some weight on in the past year and am hoping it will go away again. Which means if I throw away/donate the stuff that's too small, am I resigning myself to not being that size again?
eBay is difficult these days - people expect even private sellers to operate like a shop. Last time I did an eBay sale spree, I ended up off work sick for a week and had to deal with buyers complaining because things got to them a day or two late (I had messaged people to let them know of the situation). If you're more organised than I am, go for it.