Thursday, 20 October 2016

FROCKTOBER: How to declutter your wardrobe ready for a clothes swap.

As I write this, I am sat looking at a huge pile of clothes. Some I know for definate will be coming to my frock swap with me, others I seem to be emotionally attached to, even though they don't fit me or have never really been my style.

Some still have their charity shop tags on. I went through a stage where I would buy things without trying them on and if you read my Charity Shopping tips you will know that I now try everything on but that doesnt make up for my past mistakes!

So how I am tackling this?

1. The Six Month Rule.

Apart from seasonal wear, If you havent worn it in six months donate it. 
2. Only bring good quality things

Leave the jumpers with the holes at home. These would still be welcome to a charity shop donation as they can make money from the rags, but for a clothes swap people want good quality items. Think to yourself would you be happy if someone else bought that? Yes, then go ahead.
3. Dont feel guilty for the money spent

Sometimes you hang onto clothes because you feel like by getting rid of them. This is the beauty of a clothes swap, especially when you are going to be having your friends over, because you can swap that item for an item you love even more. At the same time you will be letting them have an item they may fall in love with!
4. Try to seperate emotions

This was a big thing I had to really fight with when deciding to donate my wedding dress. On the one hand I wanted to hold onto this dress forever as it was the happiest day of my life. On a practical level it was taking up a huge amount of space and I will never wear it again. LOROS needs the money more than I need the wedding dress which eventually was my deciding factor.
5. Think of the potential!

Think about it, once you have had your clear out, the more space you make in your wardrobe the more you can bring home from the swap right?

I think the most important thing is that this kind of event is win win for the Charity. As long as people who come are willing to make a donation for the clothes they take then LOROS earns some much needed money. Also any clothes that arent taken from the swap will be donated to the charity which they can then sell. You may be parting with some of your unloved clothes but hopefully you will gain some others pieces to love and feel good for helping out a charity!

During frocktober I am hoping to inspire people to get involved in LOROS events so please if you do use the twitter hashtag #bloggerdoesfrocktober and also if you would like to donate to the cause you can do here as I am trying to raise £1000 in 1000 days for LOROS

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  1. I used to organise clothes swaps for a local charity, they were good fun, and at the end of each session I also found some great items for my wardrobe (for a donation, of course).
    I did find that some people brought clothing in a rather sorry state but we used to bag these up and sell them for rags - it all earned money for the charity in the end.
    I'm guilty of hanging on to things that I paid a lot for, and for this being the only reason I kept them, but I am getting better at parting with things. My capsule wardrobe certainly helps.

    1. I really need to get better at it! Tom was laughing because the clothes swap looked full before anyone got there and he knows how much stuff I still have at home. I am taking steps to get better though which hopefully will materialise on the blog and reading blogs like yours really help!