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by Sophie Stax (subscribe)
Published Author, magazine and newspaper article writer. Healthy foodie trekker traveller sailor skier and scuba diver and golf lover. Wellness Coach by day (wellnesswoman.com.au) and writer reviewer in my spare time.
Published January 18th 2013
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How many people, whether male or female, search with less than enthusiasm through their wardrobe looking for something to wear to wear on a daily basis. Even if you are a neat freak and have all hangers facing the same way with colour schemes and hem lengths all beautifully co-ordinated, you may still be battling the bulge in the clothes war. The reality is most of us are likely to find pants shoved through hangers that already house a dress or another with three jackets crammed on top of a couple of non matching skirts. Sound familiar? Well you can do yourself a real favour here and do some real good turning your neglected styles into food.

How do we go about it? One lady I spoke too had dresses amongst her jungle of clothes that were over 15 years old but claimed sentimental issues were the reasons for not ditching them. She confessed she would never wear them again and this is when for her the penny really dropped. It is very daunting to set yourself up for this task but it is one which will make you feel fantastic afterwards.

Many people say they have been meaning to do this for some time. The words 'clear that blooming wardrobe' might have been singing in your brain, hollering out for you to do something about it. Use the 6 Steps listed below to aid your catharsis. If you can enlist a friend you whose fashion sense you trust get them involved. You can take turns to help each other clean out the past and in doing so aid someone's future. Kids can be helpful in spurring you on to throw, throw, throw with their energetic enthusiasm.

Step 1. Psyche yourself up, preferably not with too strong a drink or three as you may dump more than you intend in a fit of generosity.

Step 2. Prepare yourself for an appendicectomy of the material kind and embrace the thought that although some of these clothes are beautiful they serve no purpose whatsoever clumped in swaying bundles only to serve as miserable recipients to the cry 'I have nothing to wear' - it is time we broke off the relationship.

Step 3. Get a large sturdy plastic bag. Rubble or garden rubbish bags are perfect for this mission and can be bought for a few bucks in supermarkets.

Step 4. Go! Take a great big deep breath. Be true to yourself and ask 'Am I likely to use this?' You can do it, I promise. One has to be ruthless akin to chopping down a vine that's taking over the bedroom wall when taking on this task. It's a new form of martial art as you release and fling items onto the growing mound. My partner was delighted to see this happening as he replenishes his stock every two years and the old goes straight into the bin well worn and served its purpose to the last button.

Step 5. Ensure the quality of the clothes is good enough to be worn again and sold by the Salvation Army or your local St Vincent de Paul store. There are many charitable organisations, such as Smith Family bins everywhere. Choose whichever is close to your heart or your house.

Step 6. Bag them up. Take the bag straight away so there is no going back, or if you don't feel that radical, hang on to them for a couple of days to make sure you purge the urge to go diving in to retrieve those sexy pair of sequinned red flared jeans.

I set free velvet jackets that have never seen the light of day, frocks bought for weddings and only worn once. Backless party numbers that served their time in my youth - some years ago. They all had to go. As long as the clothes are clean and in good condition you can take them to charities. The easiest way to work out if they are okay for this purpose is to ask yourself if you would buy an item in this condition. If you really could do with a bit of spare cash, you can take nice clothes to second hand designer stores where they charge you a percentage in commission to sell on your behalf.

Whilst you whittle away at the rail, you may see space for new colourful clothes in the future. The experience is surprisingly liberating and gratifying when you know that someone else can enjoy a pretty outfit that has been hidden away for too long. If another person gets fed as a result of the proceeds too can you imagine anything more heart warming?

You can always get more than one than one friend over and then take turns to help each other. It will while away a daft few hours, and guarantee a good laugh rather like Carrie in Sex and the City before she moved in with Mr Big. Perhaps a few glasses of bubbly and some great memories will make for a great fun thing to do in your own home. Try 10 things on at once (the new layering) providing they still fit and take some photos for Facebook if you'd like to get others motivated. You might even ask your friend to choose one thing she'd love. This will encourage you to help her out with her wardrobe divorce to extract your treat that you've always thought would look great on you.

The key thing in making the decision to help others with your cherished non used items of clothing is to make the decision and to stick to it. To graduate with honours from the school of wardrobe liberation is to do shoes too! Did someone say pass the Valium?

Right now tell a friend or without delay. Someone out there will literally love you for it. Go on save the date! The finest form of kindness is when we don't know who we have helped, we just know we have.
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We get a group of girlfriends together twice a year at someone's house and everyone brings their unwanted clothes, shoes, bags and accessories. We have some nice food and champagne and everyone is welcome to take whatever they want, free. It's a fun day we all look forward to and you would be surprised how one person's cast off looks fantastic on someone else. We all go home very happy with 'new' stuff and its the best free shopping day all year. Anything left over goes to the charity shop or bin.
by aliso14 (score: 0|4) 2095 days ago
Looks like my wardrobe could do with a breather through some liberation :)
by Joy (score: 3|1900) 2088 days ago
The topic of discussion at morning tea time this morning was exactly this and now this afternoon, I find the fix-it plan.
by maril (score: 1|14) 2095 days ago
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