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post #1 of 29
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This form of logic can only be conducted by my mother. If I clear out my wardrobe, she will give me money for new clothes

I have just put up a new ikea wardrobe system as a combination of my tiny room and overflowing wardrobes/draws was making it impossible for me to put away any washing or actually get dressed quickly in the mornings.

Now I just have hanging rails and everything is on display. In theory, this should stop me from buying the same top thrice, or yet another pair of light blue jeans...

Does anyone else have trouble getting rid of their old clothes?! For some reason I am emotionally attatched to anything pink and as my wardrobe is colour coded, have been skimming past that section with my eyes closed

I have managed to pull out anything thats greying, sagging,bobbling or things that I never really liked that much in the first place.

I have t-shirts that were given to me as gifts by ex boyfriends which have long outlived those relationships, and like my ex's, were never quite right in the first place!



I think I need to give Trinny and Sushannah a call to come empty my wardrobe when I am asleep, because I really cant do this myself
post #2 of 29
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I forgot to add:

All these clothes and I still have nothing to wear!!
post #3 of 29
Okay, your Mum has a strange idea of clearing out!

I'm completely terrible about clearing out - I can always alter everything to bring them back to full strength! Only difficulty in that is finding the time to do so!

for actually managing to do it though!
post #4 of 29
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Sar, I think you should confess to the board that I am actually packing up and sending you all my excess clothes

I have gone the other way now and am throwing out everything. I think I might regret this come summer when I only have wooly jumpers left

I know what you mean about finding time/energy to do it. I have packs of dylon dye, metres of sari fabric, yards of sequins etc that I have bought/been given for various projects but have never got round to using.
post #5 of 29
I can't do this. It hurts my insides
It's always funny to find clothes that you wore to death when you first got them and now they make your face burn to look at (how the heck did I ever think that was OK to wear?).
When I moved out I only took a few things with me, knowing Mark hardly had any space. Then my sister moved up and needed my room at my Mum's so I had to pack everything. I took 3 boxes of clothes to marks and put 5 up my Mum's loft. I don't even know when I'll get to wear them again! Maybe when we have a big house...
I have most of the wardrobe, 3 big draws and 3 plastic containers under the bed full of clothes and yes, I need a new outfit for going out on Friday because I don't have anything to wear.
post #6 of 29
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Originally Posted by maverick_kitten
Sar, I think you should confess to the board that I am actually packing up and sending you all my excess clothes
Okay, I confess! But, we all need new clothes!

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Originally Posted by maverick_kitten
I know what you mean about finding time/energy to do it. I have packs of dylon dye, metres of sari fabric, yards of sequins etc that I have bought/been given for various projects but have never got round to using.
It's such a shame really, isn't it?!! We go around collecting fantastic bits and bobs only to have them sit there while we whinge about not having anything to wear!

Just think, Nicky, I'll be wearing your cast-offs at the meet-up!
post #7 of 29
I thought I was bad until I met B.
He still has a Simpsons Bowling shirt (they're HOW old?).

Anyhoo, the hardest thing for me is my own system. At the end of every season I go through my clothes. If I haven't worn it then I throw it into the Salvation Army bag. Sometimes I come across something that I haven't worn in two years and still can't part with it...

post #8 of 29
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lol! That would be so funny!

Half the things I am throwing away I still wear but I have 3 of them almost the same!

Like black v-necks. I had one that I absoloutley loved but it has gone missing, so I bought another one as I cannot live without a black v-neck.

I had one in the wardrobe already, plus another I got in the sale because you always need black v-necks. Then theres one I borrowed off my mum and she ended up giving me!

So I have 5 black v neck jumpers, but only wear the one that I really loved that went missing in the wash! (Trouble is, my sister loves that one too and always steals it. So do I keep the other 4 just in case I cant find that one or get rid of them and buy another one exactly the same as the first?!).

Then theres items that you really loved when you bought and you kept them in perfect condition but you grow out of (not literally, I mean, If you were to wear them now you'd look like a 16yr old chavette..).

And then the things that were really expensive but you dont like any more but cant bring yourself to give away.

Then theres things you dont want to get rid of incase they come back into fashion.

And lastly, your basics that you have worn to death but cant bring yourself to replace like vest tops and socks!

The only thing I am ruthless about throwing out is underwear! I always have nice underwear.
post #9 of 29
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Sar - I hope you like black v-necks!

I am starting to feel sick at the amount of clothes I am throwing out. I am going to have to hide them from myself in a minute or else I will just hang them back up again
post #10 of 29
At least if you can't be at the meet-up, your clothes will be!

I know what you mean about the repeated items! You find something you like and then keep getting drawn to the same thing while shopping! Or you like an item so much that you go back to buy it every single colour!

Most of my clothes are worn to death! But I love them and that's my 'style'!

I'll take a black v-neck though, I've been after a nice one for years!!!
post #11 of 29
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Originally Posted by maverick_kitten
Sar - I hope you like black v-necks!

I am starting to feel sick at the amount of clothes I am throwing out. I am going to have to hide them from myself in a minute or else I will just hang them back up again
Hell yeah!

You really seem to have a stores worth of clothes! Just remember that they're going to a good cause! Little old me!
post #12 of 29
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I dont know about nice ones, if they were that nice I would be keeping them!

I think your going to laugh when you see some of the things I am getting rid off. I think a lot of it might be a little too girly for your tastes too!

If you happen to see any nice vintage dresses on your travels around the manchester charity shops, would you mind picking it up for me and I will pay you back?

My plan is to stock my wardrobe only with things that are unique and that I absoloutley love!

A lot of my clothes got ruined when I went travelling due to all the hand washing and wear and tear But I did pick up some beautiful items out there really cheap too.

Can't wait to go back and stock up again!

Sar, what colours do you like? A lot of this stuff seems to be pink, brown, white or black!
post #13 of 29
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Originally Posted by maverick_kitten
I think your going to laugh when you see some of the things I am getting rid off. I think a lot of it might be a little too girly for your tastes too!

If you happen to see any nice vintage dresses on your travels around the manchester charity shops, would you mind picking it up for me and I will pay you back?
A laugh is always good though - you never know, I might love it all!!

Yeah, sure, I'll keep an eye out for you! Any specific kind of style? I can pop to the vintage shops over the weekend and have a look for you if you like?!

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Originally Posted by maverick_kitten
Sar, what colours do you like? A lot of this stuff seems to be pink, brown, white or black!
I love all colours, you know me!! Believe it or not, I do have pink in my wardrobe too - quite a bit actually! I love brown, black and white too!
post #14 of 29
Yes, my daughter and I have the same problem!!
I finally cleaned out my closet last year (after living here for 12 yrs!).
It was a good feeling to donate my unwanted clothes to a local thrift store.
If you haven't worn it in a while and are not truly in love with it, then let it go.
You will make room for something new
post #15 of 29
*laugh* I need to clean out my wardrobe... it's just always... depressing.

Here's a question for you though.... my aunt gave me some clothes for graduation. They are white... which makes them see through... not my style, my size....

Do I try to take them back to the store or give them to Good Will? They are brandnew -- although the tags are gone (they probably won't take them back). I really appreciate the gift (they probably all cost about $50... but I wish she'd quit buying me clothes because of all the reasons listed above minus white....
post #16 of 29
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Originally Posted by Kaleetha
*laugh* I need to clean out my wardrobe... it's just always... depressing.

Here's a question for you though.... my aunt gave me some clothes for graduation. They are white... which makes them see through... not my style, my size....

Do I try to take them back to the store or give them to Good Will? They are brandnew -- although the tags are gone (they probably won't take them back). I really appreciate the gift (they probably all cost about $50... but I wish she'd quit buying me clothes because of all the reasons listed above minus white....
i don't find it all that depressing, except for the amount of work in store! i'd take the clothes to goodweill if i were you. that's what i'm planning to do with mine - i'm going to do closet cleaning/dresser cleaning, etc. this summer once school's out.
post #17 of 29
I am horrible. The only way I'll get rid of clothes is if they don't fit me. Even if they are from high school/college, whenever, I will still keep them and will not give them up until they physically do not fit me anymore.

I seriously still have stuff from high school..My friends laugh so hard. My boyfriend hates it
post #18 of 29
I am horrible about that! My worst problem is the "But if I actually get off my butt and lose weight, I could wear that again" excuse. Yeah, right. I'm never going to fit into that size 8 again - EVER! But I still keep it, just in case. I have boxes of clothes that I haven't opened since we moved 3 years ago. I'm currently trying to convince myself that if we haven't seen what's in the box in 3 years we should either toss it or donate it sight unseen. We haven't missed it yet, probably won't later either...but I know myself and Earl, and we wouldn't be able to do that!
post #19 of 29
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Originally Posted by Kaleetha
*laugh* I need to clean out my wardrobe... it's just always... depressing.

Here's a question for you though.... my aunt gave me some clothes for graduation. They are white... which makes them see through... not my style, my size....

Do I try to take them back to the store or give them to Good Will? They are brandnew -- although the tags are gone (they probably won't take them back). I really appreciate the gift (they probably all cost about $50... but I wish she'd quit buying me clothes because of all the reasons listed above minus white....
I would try to take them back first or ring their customer services line and ask for their advice.

First and foremost, they were meant as a gift for you so you should at least try to reap the benefits.

Does your aunt know you want to take them back?
post #20 of 29
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Originally Posted by valanhb
I am horrible about that! My worst problem is the "But if I actually get off my butt and lose weight, I could wear that again" excuse. Yeah, right. I'm never going to fit into that size 8 again - EVER! But I still keep it, just in case. I have boxes of clothes that I haven't opened since we moved 3 years ago. I'm currently trying to convince myself that if we haven't seen what's in the box in 3 years we should either toss it or donate it sight unseen. We haven't missed it yet, probably won't later either...but I know myself and Earl, and we wouldn't be able to do that!
You have to at least peak and see whats inside!

I would be so excited, its like treasure!

Maybe we should do a tcs clothes swap?!
post #21 of 29
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Originally Posted by Sar
A laugh is always good though - you never know, I might love it all!!

Yeah, sure, I'll keep an eye out for you! Any specific kind of style? I can pop to the vintage shops over the weekend and have a look for you if you like?!



I love all colours, you know me!! Believe it or not, I do have pink in my wardrobe too - quite a bit actually! I love brown, black and white too!
I have been shopping today so have thrown out even more things!

I will be tackling the box under the bed soon too!

I just want something pretty or feminine in around a size 12. I am either a 10 or a 12 but have big boobs so if it's old sizes a 12 would be better.

I knew you'd come through for me, you vintage queen!

What would you say your style was?
post #22 of 29
I recently went through my wardrobe. I moved into a smaller closet space this year, so it was beginning to be a real hassle to have to paw through all of the clothes. I took everything that was damaged or didn't fit (and would never fit) and put those in bags, took everything that was made of cool fabrics, or were sentimental (could be made into pillows or whatever) into a box. This was a month ago, and I still have three trashbags full of clothes in my closet, and a big box that needs to go to the attic. Well, hey, at least I got the process started right? lol.
post #23 of 29
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Originally Posted by Kaleetha
Do I try to take them back to the store or give them to Good Will? They are brandnew -- although the tags are gone (they probably won't take them back). I really appreciate the gift (they probably all cost about $50... but I wish she'd quit buying me clothes because of all the reasons listed above minus white....
If the store doesn't take them back, sell them on eBay! I've done that before. List it as new WOT (Without Tags). Most sellers remove the tags now because stores began to get clothes back that were purchased through eBay at a lower price then the store. Oops!
post #24 of 29
Have you ever seen the show clean sweep? They are very inspiring. I find it VERY difficult to get rid of things. To say, "Choose 5 shirts to get rid of" doesn't work for me. But saying, "Choose which 10 t-shirts you will keep", and then donating/pitching the others...that is easier.

I currently have about 5 items I just couldn't give up, but am pretty sure I won't ever wear again. So I hung them in a back corner, and will decide in a month or two to donate them!

I am getting the strong feeling that I should go pull out the size 10 jeans I was wearing the night I met dh, and get rid of them. I know I will never be that small again, and it is really stupid to keep them. Maybe....
post #25 of 29
I organized my closet by colors to and I was surprised to see how much pink stuff I have!!
Unfortunately for me I went from working in an office to working outside so I can't wear more of my clothes for that reason. I have some to Goodwill, some to a resale shop and next time sis comes if she could wear some of this stuff se can take it. Lucky for me not too much "dressy" clothes-but lots of shoes I won't be wearing for a while!!
post #26 of 29
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Originally Posted by Kaleetha

Here's a question for you though.... my aunt gave me some clothes for graduation. They are white... which makes them see through... not my style, my size....

Do I try to take them back to the store or give them to Good Will? They are brandnew -- although the tags are gone (they probably won't take them back). I really appreciate the gift (they probably all cost about $50... but I wish she'd quit buying me clothes because of all the reasons listed above minus white....
That's always difficult. I faced the same problem with a friend who gave me clothes and we just had different tastes and I didn't want to hurt her feelings. My mother also buys me clothes on occasion, however she tells me to return them if I don't like them (but I never do out of guilt).

I would sell the unwanted, like new items on ebay or like someone else mentioned, hold a clothes swap party! One's trash is another's treasure.You could also tell your aunt that you appreciate her thoughtfulness, but that the clothes don't look good on you or that they don't fit well and ask if she kept the receipt/tags/or remembers where she bought them.
post #27 of 29
My biggest problem with getting rid of clothes is that I will have to accept that I will never be as skinny as I used to be . I keep them all and say, one day I'll fit into that again. But it never seems to get to that. And if I throw them all out, then what will I have to hope for?!
post #28 of 29
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Originally Posted by maverick_kitten
I would try to take them back first or ring their customer services line and ask for their advice.

First and foremost, they were meant as a gift for you so you should at least try to reap the benefits.

Does your aunt know you want to take them back?

No, she doesn't know I want to take them back. She did say I could take them back if I wanted to, but I don't want to be tacky either and hurt her feelings. Calling the customer line is a really good idea.

The thing is, she also bought me a LitterMaid plus litter box... I feel like a heel wanting to take these clothes back!

The ebay suggestion is a really good one, except I don't sell anything on ebay... I haven't the slightest idea how to go about it! (And my aunt frequents ebay!)
post #29 of 29
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Originally Posted by Kaleetha
No, she doesn't know I want to take them back. She did say I could take them back if I wanted to, but I don't want to be tacky either and hurt her feelings. Calling the customer line is a really good idea.

The thing is, she also bought me a LitterMaid plus litter box... I feel like a heel wanting to take these clothes back!

The ebay suggestion is a really good one, except I don't sell anything on ebay... I haven't the slightest idea how to go about it! (And my aunt frequents ebay!)
I dont think it would be tacky to take it back.

Embaressing as it may be to tell her that you dont like the clothes she picked out, it would be worse to keep them or to sell them at a lower price than their retail value.

I'd just be honest with her, or tell her they dont fit or that a seam broke and that you have to take them back.
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