Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Questions To Ask When Having a Clear Out

This post was born from the fact that I have been massively overdue a good clear out for about 5 years. I'm quite a hoarder really and with a whole wardrobe's worth of clothes still at my parents' house as well as far too many to fit into my wardrobe here I really need to get a clear out over and done with! As well as clothes I've got books that I haven't read since school, DVDs and a heap of old papers and photographs. I've put together some questions I'm going to be asking myself when I'm deciding whether to get rid of things or not and thought I'd make them into a post in case anyone else in struggling in the hoarding department!

Have you worn it / used it in the last year? If the answer is no then the chances of you wearing / using it this year or the year after are slim. Sometimes it can be so hard to throw things away that you have to just be brutal!

Do you actually like it? I have so many things that I don't even like anymore that I'm scared of throwing away in case I start liking them again - how silly is that?! This time if the answer is no it's going in the charity bag!

Does it have sentimental value or is special to you? This is the exception to the not liking things rule. I have a jacket that I never wear and doesn't really suit me, but it belonged to my Grandad and I would never get rid of it for that reason. Some things are worth the clutter. 

Does it still fit? Some items of clothing I've not worn for so long that I don't actually know whether they fit anymore so my plan is to try everything on and if things don't actually fit it'll be a lot easier to get rid of them because I know I won't be wearing them again!

Do you already own something similar? This is a difficult one for me because I have about 10 striped tops that I swear are completely different! However if I have similar items, but always turn to one over the other I'm going to be ruthless!

What can I do with it now? Usually the answer to this for me is a charity shop, but some things need to go in the bin (if you still wear things that have holes in like I do, whoops) or if you think some things are worth selling on eBay then set those aside.

Wish me luck! Have you had clearout recently or do you need to have one? What would your tips be?

Amy x


  1. Great tips! I try to think if I can see myself wearing the item or if it fits into my current style. I had a clean-out just yesterday and I feel so refreshed after it.

    1. Yeah I definitely need to think about whether things fit in with my current style - I get too hung up on thinking about whether I'll end up liking them again haha xx

  2. Oh god I am in need of the biggest clearout and this only makes me realise I need to do it even more haha, but such good tips though. I am such a hoarder and will try to find sentimental value for anything when it really needs to just go!


    1. Oh god I am exactly the same which is why I always put off having a clearout for so long! Determined to be brutal this time though! Xx

  3. Great tips, I will ask all quesions myself the next time I tidy up my wardrobe ☺
    Nati xx

  4. This post is full of useful tips! I recently moved flats and was ruthless with my belongings - I still feel so refreshed afterwards and have now made an effort not to hoard things! :)

    Style Sunrise☀


    1. Thank you! Yeah I'm so looking forward to that feeling! Xx

  5. I'm so bad at having clear outs! I go in thinking I'm going to throw loads of stuff away, but then talk myself into keeping it even if it doesnt fit or I've not worn it! Doom

    Corinne x

    1. Ah that's what I usually do! So determined to be ruthless this time so here's hoping haha xx


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