And so it is times like these when a wardrobe clear-out is needed - but where do you start!?
The best idea I have found has come from Boxes2Move who advise that you to sort your clothes into three categories - Throw, Fave or Favour.
It is pretty self explanatory, but for those of you who are fond of checklists and questionnaires (like me) they have produced this handy little infographic to make the chore of de-cluttering as pain-free as possible.
So the sleeves got rolled up and I faced my wardrobe head on...
First category - Throw.
I have a real metal block when it comes to throwing away clothes. Whether it is because I am still a slave to my money-saving student ways...Why throw something away which I spent money on so that I then have to spend MORE money on something else(!?) ...
Or whether it is because I am a self-confessed hoarder... But a jumper with a hole in it might be fashionable one day (!)
What I do know is, I have to be brutal! Like ripping off a plaster - that All Saints dress with an irreparable hole... gone.
That DIY tie-dye the-shirt... bye bye.
Those self-cut denim shorts I wore for four straight days at Glastonbury in 2009... bin for you - wait, actually I can't throw them away...
This brings me to the second category - Fave.
There are some items which are just to special to throw away- they hold memories which can't be replaced and their threads hold secret stories which will probably never be told to anyone until 2050 when the grandkids doubt that you were once 'cool'.
Like those self-cut shorts ... they saw me drink my first underaged tin of lager and helped attract a rather gorgeous boy with half a blue face whom I snogged while watching Lady Gaga.
Incidentally, the boy with half a blue face is now one of my best friends, and even though life's pace has sped up, he will always be a very special person in my life.
|Glastonbury 2009 - Without half a blue face.|
Fave also includes that rather expensive winter coat that was bought on a whim in the Lake District which comes out at Christmas and makes you feel like a golden age Hollywood film star.
These are the items that need to be cherished and looked after - placed into storage waiting for that time they can be re-born whether it be to combat the first chill of winter or to relive that debauched summer memory. They will always hold a special place in the wardrobe of your heart.
Speaking of the heart the final category is all about spreading the love - Favour.
I have to admit that whenever the big wardrobe clean-out does happen (usually on a 6 monthly recurring basis) the favour aspect is initially aimed at my younger sister.
Moving her back to University recently I was helping her unpack and I am not kidding when I say that a good 50% of the items we unpacked did use to be mine. I am not saying this as a criticism- I think it is great that the clothes I invested my pocket money/student loan in are getting a new lease of life. My only bug bear is that they do tend to look better on by sister...grrrr
However once the more beautiful sibling has snaffled up her share of my wardrobe rejects I do tend to stuff the rest of the wearable items into the first charity plastic bag that 'fulumps' through my letterbox.
I still love visiting a good charity shop, you never know what you might stubble across! My Graduation dress was a charity shop find- who'd a thunk it!
|The charity shop Graduation dress|
And if you can't bare to give away an item for free there is always Ebay, Gumtree or Wallapop for you to re-coup some of your losses and fund a new item - refreshing the wardrobe for summer.
|Coming to a charity shop near you soon...|
So when wondering what to wear for my mothers 50th birthday meal recently I revived an FCUK dress which had been gathering wrinkles in the back of the wardrobe for months!
|Happy 50th Birthday Mum|
So now I do have something to wear - Problem Solved!