When you are a blogger, it’s really easy to feel like you have to show different clothes and accessories all the time, so your content can be fresh and new all the time. There’s been an increase over the last few years of vloggers and bloggers doing haul posts – and I’m not the only one thinking this is not a positive thing. I would say the only good haul posts would be of stuff you manage to find on car boot sales and charity shops, for the simple reason that it shows that you can find good second hand items, and maybe inspire more people to do the same – when you shop second hand you’re not contributing to further pollution and you’re helping good causes.
As you may remember, I decided to get rid of more stuff, by setting aside at least one item per day during the month of December and it’s now time for the de-haul report.
I didn’t take pictures of every single item but I made a list of all the things I cleared up.
I threw away:
– 3 pairs of tights that had seen better days
– 2 ill-fitting thongs I never wore because they looked terrible on
– assorted makeup that I never used and was getting old
I set aside to donate/ recycle:
– 4 skirts
– 3 pairs of trousers
– 1 pair of leggings
– 1 scarf
– 1 pair of sandals that hurt my bunion
– 2 pairs of boots
– 1 furry muff (I had replaced it with a nicer one recently)
– 15 dresses
– 1 playsuit that doesn’t fit me anymore
– 2 American Apparel long sleeve leotards (never wore them because it’s not that practical)
– 3 cardigans that have seen better days
– 7 t-shirts/ tops
– 4 removable collars
– 1 funny mask
– 4 necklaces
– 2 brooches
– 2 pairs of earrings
– 2 pairs of hair bows
– 3 hair accessories
That adds up to 64 items in total. Considering the objective was one per day for a month, I think I did rather well. I think I still have to get rid of more stuff, but I find that taking small steps at a time makes it a lot easier. Also, I’m not adding as many things back to the collection as I’m purging, so one day I will end up with a manageable quantity (or so I hope).
I will now be taking the bag full of stuff to the closest Oxfam – they not only sell the garments that are in good shape but will also recycle those that aren’t and for that reason I find them to be the best charity to donate to. (I also used to volunteer with Oxfam a few years back so I have a good idea of how things actually work).
I will do another challenge in a couple of months and will discuss the results again.
Do you struggle with too much stuff? What are your thoughts on haul culture?