Could you give up clothes for good?
How much of your wardrobe do you actually wear now you have children? Be honest…
We’re currently doing a massive house clearout (more ‘loft conversion happening imminently’ than ‘Marie Kondo can-do’) and although we’re trying to get rid of everything currently in the loft, it’s making me think about things I don’t really need in my own wardrobe. Mainly because we really need all the spare wardrobe space we can get for redistributing all the…stuff from the loft.
There are a lot of things in my post-baby wardrobe I’m probably never going to wear again. Things like:
- Ten hundred breton striped tops. OK, I wear these all the time, but I don’t really need so many slight variations on a theme (Do I? Do I?)
- Anything in the ‘smart office’ category (I work from home. Dress code: get dressed)
- Anything in the ‘going out; twenties style’ category (see: two children)
- Things that were vaguely fashionable / uncomfortable a few years ago, but I haven’t worn because of pregnancy then breastfeeding then pregnancy then breastfeeding
- The gold shoes I wore on my hen do and never again since. The chances of these getting an outing to playgroup are exactly nil
- Actually, anything with a heel
- All of the many things that are not 100% right
- Dry clean only; no chance
- Maternity clothes…just…on the off-chance.
Have you heard of the Give up Clothes initiative? If you’re undertaking any kind of household clearout then you can take your used clothes, accessories and homeware to any TK Maxx store. The items will then be passed along for sale in Cancer Research UK charity shops, and the proceeds are used to fight children’s cancer. Since 2004 the campaign has raised £22million for Cancer Research, with £18m of this invested directly into research into childhood cancers.
We currently have three giant bin bags full of clothes to get rid of – here’s us playing around on the bed with some of them – so will be dragging it all down the road to our local TK Maxx. There are permanent donation points in every store, so you can donate year-round. And while you’re there you can always have a good rummage around in for mostriped tops (what else?!)
What items of clothing in your wardrobe do you know you won’t wear again? Go on, be truthful…
This post is in collaboration with TK Maxx. More info on Give up Clothes is available here.