As you might have guessed, I have a lot of clothes. Between blogging and working at a fashion brand (the 40% staff discount is dangerous) I am lucky enough to get new clothes, bags and shoes pretty often and there have been times when I’ve been a little bit disgusted with myself about how much stuff I have. A friend actually asked me about this last night and was quite surprised when I told her my secret for dealing with it – I just have clear outs a lot. I’ve never been a hoarder, so the concept of clearing out my closet every month or so really doesn’t faze me. I like to try and keep my wardrobe as condensed as possible, clutter tends to stress me out and I find that if I have too many clothes I end up not wearing half of them anyway! I’ve started giving myself a new rule lately to help curb my spending habits: for every new thing I buy, I need to get rid of something else.
Now when I say get rid of, I mean this in the most productive sense of the word – I donate all my unwanted things to charity. I’ve already become a fixture in the Crouch End charity shops, lugging ikea bags full of goodies in to donate to a different shop each time (I actually took my latest load this morning!) So when Collect+ contacted me about their latest campaign with Oxfam, of course I wanted to get involved to help spread the positive message about giving your unworn clothes to charity. Collect+ found out in a recent survey that many of us have unworn, still-tagged items hiding in our wardrobes and want to encourage us all to donate these and do some good for charity instead of leaving them hanging uselessly in our cupboards, so they’re giving away 500 totally free postage labels for you to send your donations straight to Oxfam!
I like to think I’m quite good when it comes to never-worn clothes – I know some friends who buy and never wear things and I didn’t think I was one of them – but when I started looking for items to donate, I actually found quite a few never-worn pieces hidden away, complete with tags! There are some really lovely pieces that I’ll be sending out in my donation this week, so fingers crossed they will help raise some money. After all, it’s such a waste keeping unworn clothes in my wardrobe and I’d much rather see these sold for charity to do some good for someone somewhere!
If you want to get involved with this campaign, you can download your free label here and send your donations to Oxfam – you’ll also be entered into a competition to win a £50 high street voucher to put towards a new item for your wardrobe. Happy donating!
(I’m also having a clear out over on Depop, so check out my profile here (username: rosieglow) if you fancy picking up any bargains!)