The big clear out

by Julie Finch-Scally

Isn’t it interesting how being stuck with a small selection of clothes makes you realise how much in your wardrobe you don’t need?  Having just returned from a three month trip, as I rehung clothes in the wardrobe I realised how tired and old many of the pieces were, and knew I would never wear them again.  So began the big clear out. 

Now there are some classic outfits I have that I don’t wear often but when I do they still look smart and elegant.  Of course I didn’t throw those out.  Actually they were the first pieces I put back into the wardrobe.  Some of the outfits were over 20 years old, but because they have been well made and looked after they should still make me look fabulous in another 20 years.

There were some items that were still in good condition and these were placed in large plastic bags for distribution to the local charity shop.  This included a few pairs of shoes that I had purchased but never worn. 

But the majority of the items were really only fit for landfill.  One pair of boots I can remember buying for a special trip overseas in the 1990s.  But the heels were now out-of-date, and not suitable for anyone else.

I must say in some cases it was a bit of a trip down memory lane as I looked at the clothing and put them in the throw away pile.  But no matter how many memories they held the space in my wardrobe and drawers were more important.  There must have been at least one very large rubbish bag and four smaller bags that got dumped into the large trash can. 

Strangely enough, when everything was gone and I heard the rubbish being collected later in the week, I realised what a relief it was throwing away the old and tired clothing.  It is great to think that some things I was wearing last year I had been wearing for 14 to 15 years.  Great to know they all still fitted, but it really was time for them to go. 

Want to know the strange part of this cathartic throw away?  The items of clothing I still have in the wardrobe are really all I need.  There are still enough clothes for work, winter and summer.  And on top of that, there is so much more room in the drawers and the wardrobe.  Who would have thought a long trip away would have contributed to a clear out of my old clothes. 



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