I plan to make a list of what I do own. Every day I shall record what I'm wearing, for a start. I shall also purge my drawers and wardrobe of anything I don't wear.
- If I absolutely love it with all my heart, but it doesn't fit at the moment - it's going in the cellar.
- If I don't love it, but it's made by Monsoon, or another desireable brand, or is vintage - it's going on ebay.
- If I don't love it and it isn't worth the faff of ebaying, I'm taking it to the clothes swap* on Thursday.
You never know - it might work.
*The clothes swap. On thursday a fantastically kind mate is inviting a bunch of girls around to hers. We each bring our wardrobe surplus - and people try things on and go home with new stuff. It's brilliant. Of course most people bring a handful of items - the first one I went to, I brought an absolutely massive suitcase full. But I have a lot of stuff. It barely made a dent. Anyway, it works best if the guests have someone else of a similar size, or who has been a similar size, to swap with - but you can bring accessories, jewellery and shoes - and anyway, my clingy top might be just the thing for my size 10 friend to wear as a beach coverup. The more guests the host can accomodate, the better it works. Afterwards, the leftovers are taken to a charity shop.
I'll let you know how it goes.
My sisters and Mum and I have been threatening to do one of these with cosmetics and body potions, which I think is an excellent idea too.
So listen - plan a swapping party. It's completely environmentally fabulous, credit-crunch sensitive, and makes room in your wardrobe to see the wood for the trees.