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

With love

Penny, the frugalfashionshopper

P.S. Sharing with:

Judith of Style Crone and my hat for her monthly #hatattack

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Patti of Not Dead Yet Style and Visible Monday

Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb and her Monday iwillwearwhatilike session

Nicole of High Latitude Style

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20 thoughts on “Did the de-cluttering go well? Yes. And then again, no!

  • 6th November 2017 at 9:44 am

    I love both macs, but, the blue one is really fabulous. Will brighten everyone’s day, especially on a grey British rainy day!

    • 7th November 2017 at 12:14 pm

      Yes, that colour blue really stands out!

  • 6th November 2017 at 10:01 am

    fabulous buys! but so much for decluttering!

    • 7th November 2017 at 12:17 pm

      Well, I agree about the de-clutering, the clothes are creeping back, but so far I do have room for them and I’m very strict with myself about one in and one out! So there’s a charity shop bag ready and waiting to be taken to the charity shop.

  • 6th November 2017 at 10:56 am

    Hi Penny!! Those raincoats!!!! You have inspired me to check out a nearby thrift shop!! And that hat is perfect with both!!

    As for the decluttering, there’s not a lot to de clutter as we did that when we moved here three years ago. But we do have to clean out the garage and hitch is going to be a massive chore !!
    You are looking great —thanks for an inspirational read!!!!!

    • 7th November 2017 at 12:20 pm

      Hi Catherine! Honestly, there’s nothing like searching for a bargain in a thrift/charity shop – it’s so exciting! Very best to you xxxx

  • 6th November 2017 at 1:30 pm

    I do this all the time Penny, have big clear outs and give away clothes that I’m then looking for. My mother did “death cleaning” a few years ago. She hired a man to physically empty her loft and dispose of the many items that were there (having offered things to us first). I think it’s a good idea, I cringe when I think how jam packed our loft is. They become dumping grounds.

    • 7th November 2017 at 12:23 pm

      Hi Gail, so interesting that your mother has already done this and that you knew about the phrase ‘death cleaning’ as I hadn’t hear of it. It’s so easy to keep things, just because….. But we can’t now with a small flat and very little storage – but I like that. Very best wishes to you and your mother!

  • 6th November 2017 at 1:52 pm

    I do agree that we have to think about what we are leaving behind for our children to sort out when we are gone. My Father died last year and my Mother almost exactly a year later and it’s all been quite dreadful. Although they had moved to a smaller flat 8 years ago they had continued to buy more and more ‘stuff’ and would not get rid of things they no longer use or can’t wear. We gave most of it to the Salvation Army and binned/ tipped a lot.
    I’ve always got a charity bag on the go ready to take things I decide I don’t want to use/wear againas i think it’s better to do it as you go along as it’s less of a chore. Twice a year when I put away/get out summer and winter clothes I have an extra cull.
    However I know I still buy far too much. I just can’t resist a bargain! Most of my clothes are second-hand from E-bay or charity shops and I love getting the parcels in the post. I still get lots of compliments at 65.
    My worst weakness is jewellery and I have 2 drawers full of my collection of 50’s/60’s and later costume pieces, not all of which I actually wear. I regards it as my hobby rather than an obsession, which is probably nearer the truth!
    I’m going to go through all the cupboards over the winter and be ruthless. I probably have 7 or 8 flower vases-why? Some will have to go!

    • 7th November 2017 at 12:28 pm

      I love a bargain too! I think, the thing is, if the bargains are beginning to create clutter then maybe it’s time to think about why. I also completely understand about collecting 50s and 60s costume pieces – they sound amazing. But vases?

      And as for the situation that you’ve been in, of clearing out parents’ belongings – it’s ghastly. I think we have to be aware of the amount of work we cause when things aren’t sorted. You understand that, but no everyone does!

  • 6th November 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Two great finds! I did just send a bag to charity so do clear out a bit and I am thinking of de-shedding a bunch of summer items (that I got at charity shops) next spring. I still have a trench from the 70’s around here somewhere. All it needs is a new lining and someday, that will happen.

    We aren’t very good about clearing out either but I am better at it than Michael. The kids get the farm after we are gone so they will have a few years to either make it worse with their stuff or organize better than us.

    Thank you for contributing to the linkup. I really appreciate the support.

    • 7th November 2017 at 12:29 pm

      I love being part of your link-up. Thank you for hosting it.

  • 6th November 2017 at 5:21 pm

    Penny – in that bright blue coat you will not be an ‘invisible old lady’! Both outfits are great, the pale coloured one is elegant, the blue is funky.

    • 7th November 2017 at 12:30 pm

      Thanks Sarah – I love being funky!

  • 6th November 2017 at 9:29 pm

    Hi Penny! I like both your raincoats and I think you accessorise them so well. I meant to comment on your fabulous yellow coat because I think your colour choices are fantastic. I’m still stuck in a black/navy rut! I can remember my mum trying to persuade me to wear brighter colours – to no avail! Although I do wear brighter scarves and statement jewellery which help to ‘lift’ outfits. Looking forward to seeing your next purchase(s)!!

    • 7th November 2017 at 12:33 pm

      Hi June, I think that’s why charity shop shopping is so good because you can experiment with styles and colours. And if it’s a mistake or the colour doesn’t suit then it can go back and no harm done to your purse. Maybe next time you’re in the UK – push the comfort zone just a bit. Let me know!

  • 9th November 2017 at 9:19 am

    Slowly but surely we are starting to sort things , having lived in the same house for nearly fourty years this is quite a task. I did a very serious clothes sort a few years ago and gave away some things I now regret . You did well with those new raincoats – the joy of charity shopping.Thank you so much Penny for your kind comments.

  • 10th November 2017 at 8:13 am

    Love this post. I am a reasonably food declutterer until it comes to clothes. The thing is, I do come back to them, sometimes after years – the benefit of being past the age that ‘needs’ ultra high fashion! Looking forward to the post on do standing as we are in the (slow) throes of a similar exercise, particularly with regard to the loft. Eloise (thisissixty.blog)

  • 10th November 2017 at 8:14 am

    Sorry….GOOD declutterer, not food!

  • 11th November 2017 at 11:23 pm

    Thank you for joining the Top of the World Style linkup party. The blue coat looks great with the hat! It’s wild, but it works!

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