I’m good at de-cluttering. Or so I thought! Because I got rid of sack loads of clothes before I moved to our new flat, and reduced the number of my hats by half. Mind you, I think the number of hats I still possess are probably higher than the average!
The de-cluttering I’m most proud of was the quantity of books, kitchen goods, and just general knick-knacks that got taken to my local charity shops. And why? Read this post I wrote for Tricia Cusden’s Look Fabulous Forever blog for a blow-by-blow account for our decision-making. Because it was not just that we were moving to a smaller place I also believe, very strongly, that you should clear the decks a little so that your children don’t have to. In fact, did you realise that there is an actual word for this? In Swedish (because, yes, it originates from there) it’s dostadning and translated it’s – reader take a deep breathe before your eyes move on – death cleaning.
I shall be writing more about this so-called death cleaning shortly. And I shall take time to explain my reasons for aiming to do a lot of this. And aiming is the word as actually, I was good at what I did and now, I’m not so good! Because the clothes are creeping back!
Well, I can kind of rationalise this. I did the clothes clear-out in the summer but now it’s cooler and rainier. And one day when it was absolutely pouring I looked for my long full-length raincoat, and it wasn’t there, it had been de-cluttered into the charity shop bag, along with another black, quite smart, raincoat. That was also missing! All I had was a three-quarter length trench, which wasn’t doing the business at all.
So off I went on the hunt for a raincoat that would cover me up. And this is what I found.
It cost £15, which I see as expensive, but hey, everything is going up in price, so I shouldn’t complain and it was found in the Red Cross charity shop, a good cause. Also note it’s beige! I do wear that colour occasionally. Here it is teamed with a hat.
The hat is waterproof and the whole outfit works when it rains – so that’s all good. Here’s a closeup of the hat.
But on my shopping trip I also saw this.
Now that’s an eye-popping blue! And here it is teamed with the hat.
This item cost £9.99.
So after just one shopping trip I have two hardly worn, waterproof macs that cost altogether just under £25. Now don’t you think looking in charity shops makes sense!
That’s all for now
Penny, the frugalfashionshopper
P.S. Sharing with:
Judith of Style Crone and my hat for her monthly #hatattack
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Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb and her Monday iwillwearwhatilike session
Nicole of High Latitude Style
Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style and Fancy Friday