I appear to have come back from holiday to full blown Autumn, so I spent the bank holiday morphing into my mum and having a “good ol’ clearout” ahead of all things new season. How tremendously satisfying.
I’ve already done the furniture version, as blogged about here, but yesterday was all about tackling the wardrobes. Flip flops? SEE YA! Bikinis? Bye now! Beach dresses were boxed away and shoved to the back whilst jumpers and boots were brought to the forefront and lovingly cooed over. I am excited to hide under woolly layers for the foreseeable future.
As well as a general seasonal re-shuffle, I was also trying to de-clutter and fill up as many donation bags as possible for The British Heart Foundation. Their Bag It. Beat It. collection drive starts today so if I can make some space in my wardrobe whilst potentially saving lives in the process then it’s pretty much the definition of a win-win situation. I love the idea of somebody else getting to enjoy the clothes I no longer wear anyway, but the fact an old dress can fund life-saving medical research? COUNT ME IN.
If I told you that the average Brit hoards £2000 worth of clothing, would you be surprised? I like to think I’m pretty ruthless when it comes to regular clear outs, but during yesterday’s clear-out I was *mortified* to find an Issa dress that I’d completely forgotten buying. HOW does that even happen?! By having too much stuff, that’s how.
I’m not alone though. The British Heart Foundation has found that the average Brit owns at least at least three items of clothing that they have never worn, as well as six items that they’re clinging on to despite no longer fitting. I wish I only owned six items that didn’t fit, I have an entire drawer of “maybe one day” jeans. Perhaps it’s not surprising then that jeans are the second hardest item to part with according to the BHF’s survey.
The item we struggle to say goodbye to the most? Shoes, apparently. I’m trying to buck that trend and have eight lovely pairs (so far!) to take to my local BHF shop.
It’s not just good quality clothes that the British Heart Foundation want to stock their lovely shops with, they’ll gladly take your books, DVDs, CDs, bags, bric-a-brac and toys. Last September over 1 million bags were donated during the Bag It. Beat It. campaign, so the more the merrier!
Heart disease has affected friends and family in ways I’d have never expected over the last couple of years. I won’t go into the more personal side of it now, but I am really really proud to be spreading the word about this year’s Bag It. Beat It. campaign. You don’t need me to tell you how devastating heart disease is – it’s the UK’s single biggest killer so you will undoubtedly be a family or know a family who has been affected by it.
Every week around 2,000 families lose a loved one to heart disease, but the BHF fund over £100 million worth of research each year to reduce that figure. Your donations will massively help and, it goes without saying, will give you some much needed extra space at home. A win-win all round.
I’ll be spending this morning doing radio interviews across the UK to talk about the campaign and share my tips for keeping bulging wardrobes under control, so you may hear me nattering on if you’re tuned into your local station this morning. If you don’t hear me then I’ll summarise my top tips here:
– Fill it up. (If you haven’t worn something in twelve months then GET IT IN THE BAG, no excuses).
– Marvel at your newfound clutter-free home whilst thinking of all those hearts you’ve helped mend.
Simple, no? 🙂
You can find more information about the campaign here: https://bagit.bhf.org.uk/
Happy de-cluttering….and happy life saving!