Spring Clean Your Life
So I had a dreamy couple of weeks visiting my home town at the beginning of the year but when I returned to SA I had to move apartments.
Moving is stressful at the best of times but add an Australian heatwave, a broken toilet, telco problems, an ever-growing list of expenses and you get one or two minor/major meltdowns on my part.
Its made me realise something.
I HAVE SO MUCH SH**
Where did it come from? Did I ever need it?
Do you ever REALLY need a oil burner? Or a zucchini spaghetti curler thingy, or the ten neckscarves that you op shopped when they were the height of coolness? What about those heels that were a steal from harbour town and wore once and can’t seem to get rid of? Have you even used the shot glasses that you found at an opshop, and I know for a fact, you never read the GOTs books and never plan to.
How many tiny little handbags can you have that don't even fit in your gigantic Iphone 6s plus in? And that bag of random cords and chargers that you can’t seem to part with, are they completely necessary?
What about all those random bottles of medications, hair products you never use because your hairs the same EVERY.DAY.
HOW MANY DARK PURPLE NAIL POLISHES DOES ONE GIRL NEED?!?!?
And the clothes. There's so many clothes. I can’t even begin to explain to you how many clothes I have. (But I had a storage container of them back home if that helps paint a picture for you).
When it comes to moving out of your previous abode it dawns upon you just how much crap you actually have.
And that you need to get rid of it pronto, for the sake of your own mental health, and your poor poor partners.
Sometimes you just have to consult the great Carrie Bradshaw regarding your hoarding and ask:
HERE'S WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO
First off. watch this TED talk
It was referred to me by my little sister, who knows full well what i'm capable of in respect to my compulsive shopping and not getting rid of things...ever.
The donate pile, the sell pile, the give away to friends/family pile and the throw out pile.
(The throw out pile consists of stuff that’s irrepairable and of poor quality that a thrift shop could not benefit from.)
Ask yourself "when was the last time I wore this?" Was it in the last 6 months?? be brutal.
Also, you can have too many white shirts if they of sub par quality. Opt for linen and cotton mixes. You will find, or maybe have already learned the hard way that cheaper shirts made of acrylic and polyester don’t make it beyond 10 washes. Don’t be lazy, soak them in Napisan and get out that iron. They will sparkle like new.
Keep any timeless pieces. Striped tops, blazers, good denim, vans/connies, band tees, leather/denim jackets are never going to go out. Never ever ever. (Google capsule wardrobes, or just look at the collage I threw together).
Before getting rid of any denim, consider breathing new life into your beloved pieces. Whip out your scissors and chop the bottom cms off for the much coveted raw hem. For a more distressed finish, chuck them in the washing machine and the frays will become more dramatic.
SELL YOUR SH**
Have a stall at your local market! While its a bit of hard work it's so much fun and really rewarding. Get your customer service skills out and get involved. Be friendly and inviting, there's nothing worse than when you walk into a stall and the girls ignore you. I don't care how cool your gear is, if you are rude I will take my money elsewhere!! (hmm when did I start sounding like a middle aged woman?!?)
Be prepared for racks tipping over in sudden gusts of wind, for ruthless hagglers that offer you ten dollars no matter HOW many times that the shoes are still selling in stores and they are basically brand new!!! Pack sunblock, you WILL get burnt sitting under the harsh rays for a good portion of the day. And be prepared for hissy fits when the sun gets to you and people stop buying your stuff and you are over it. (I’m talking from experience here).
If you have the time and the patience, pop a few things online. Ebay, Trademe, Gumtree or Depop are your best bets. Depop is pretty cool because you can buy pieces off your fav bloggers/celebs. Probably not what you want to know when you’re trying to get rid of stuff, but hey, I’m a pusher. I push people *
Don’t be afraid to use your styling talents, get creative, dress up one of your more attractive mates, (bribe them with your clothes or maybe a brand spanking new Instagram/tinder pic??) Get low and find their best angles. People who are shopping for new gear want to see how its going to look in real life, give them ideas on how they can wear it, and how good they’ll look when they own it.
If you have any consignment stores near by, drop off a load of your best preloved gems. Yes they take half of the profits but they do ALL the work for you so you don’t have to lift a finger. My favourite sell on behalf stores are Inside Out and Recycle Boutique, just don’t, I repeat DON’T shop while you are there, you WILL find some seriously awesome designer/vintage goodies and you WILL spend a scary amount of money...
Last but not least, donate. Give them to someone who would truly benefit from them and make sure you do your research before hand. Find an op shop whos ideals and values align with your own like the RSPCA or Save the Children. Make sure the profits are going to a worthy cause. Go in there and talk to the little old ladies (it's one of my favourite things to do there!)
Have fun! It might be painful to get started but the feeling of a fresh breezy boutique like wardrobe will be worth it. Plus, I know we could all do with a few extra $$$ to buy that piece we've been coveting for ages.
*if you get that reference can we be friends?