10:100 Living with Less Challenge

10:100 Living with Less Challenge

The ‘Living with Less’ challenge was inspired by the team from a New Zealand company called Little Yellow Bird http://www.littleyellowbird.co.nz/, an ethical clothing company that manufactures and designs uniforms. I wholeheartedly agree with Nicole McCallum (the original @livingwith10 queen http://livingwith10.com/) – there are a lot of environmental and social (and economic) reasons to take part in this challenge, plus I hope to raise awareness of (and challenge myself to adhere to) the values of slow fashion.

10:100

The challenge – what I coined ‘10:100’ – went like this…
Wear 10 items of clothing for 100 days. This excluded jackets (impossible to say what Tassie weather will bring, even in Spring!), shoes, accessories, workout gear (only worn for workouts whenever that happened!) and underwear (😟).

First day of Spring kick-off

I kicked off on the first day of Spring – Friday 1 September 2017 – my commitment was locked in by making it public. There was no going back without losing face! So my Facebook and Instagram feeds @prelovedclothinghobart recorded some of my outfit choices, and how I held up to the challenge. 💚🌱
Gearing up for market day (when you’re running out of time!)

Gearing up for market day (when you’re running out of time!)

Your chest of drawers is still bulging and you’re nowhere near closing in on a really serious clothing declutter. But market day is looming. Count down has begun…7 sleeps to go! Yikes!

Try a quick-fix approach to get started – do your declutter in bite-sized chunks. For this market, start small but specific.

Pick out 15-20 preloved items – clothing, handbags, shoes, hats, belts and the such like. Mostly choose pieces that are at the upper end of your quality preloved collection. Tag them from $15 to $30. (Next time, you can move onto your $5 and $10 items).

 


Is this you in the mornings?!

Call a friend. Persuade (cajole, beg) them to do the same. Maybe they call a friend (or you call a second). Now two or three of you have joining forces – and between you, you’ll have collected up at least 30 to 45 items = a decent start-up rack or table of goodies. And, if you share the cost of the $20-$25 stall, the 4-hour market day is shaping up to be one of minimal outlay for what promises to be a good little earner. And you’ll get to share the load, the experience and the fun with friends!

 

That darned wardrobe!

That darned wardrobe!

It’s daunting.  Picture this…

Every morning, racing to keep up because the day is happening all around you. You need to get out the door, still in your pj’s but don’t know what to wear. The weather doesn’t help because it’s chilly right now, but it’s very likely to warm up – or could it snow? (after all, this is Hobart!).

You fling open your wardrobe doors and you’re instantly neck deep, arms flailing as you rummage through, impatiently pushing aside that gorgeous dress you’ll never wear again (how was my waist ever that small?), flicking past those red pants that aren’t ‘my colour’ anymore, and pausing momentarily to (guiltily) contemplate finally wearing that skirt you bought on a whim (it’s bound to go with something, surely….). Then, glancing at the clock, you curse under your breath as you frantically toss it across the floor. With an exasperated sigh, you resign yourself to chucking on that safe and comfortable favourite…again.

And, then, you’re off. But as you swipe up your keys, you swear to yourself that you WILL sort that wardrobe out this weekend and have done with the daily chaos of it all! That was me most days.

Sound familiar?

So, the weekend rolls around (much too fast this time) and your bulging wardrobe beckons (coat tails and scarves tauntingly sticking out door cracks, refusing to be tamed). 

But where to start? This is equally daunting. 

Here’s my quick and easy 7 step approach to taming your wardrobe.
Step 1 Delay tactics – make a cuppa.
Step 2 Stand staring at the open wardrobe, and whilst sipping on the cuppa, contemplate what’s in its deep dark depths
Step 3 Decide on your motivation
Mine was two-fold: to reduce the clutter and make some dollars to refresh my wardrobe (whilst recouping something on those spontaneous over-spends)
Step 4 Get serious.
Step 5 Do a quick first sweep (don’t be tempted to try anything on, just place in six piles)

Keep. Keep, with some alteration or mending. Maybe. Donate. Throw. Sell.

For many, even making these ‘cull’ decisions can be hard – and that’s a whole other conversation for another day.

Step 6 Have a break, maybe another cuppa (and a chocolate biscuit this time – for the energy to go on, you understand), or take the dog for a walk (oh, wait, I don’t have a dog…but, of course, you might), or go for a brisk walk on the local beach.
Step 7 Back at it – second sweep – revisit the piles in more detail, maybe trying on, but be ruthless!

Keep. Really, absolutely – I wear it often, it will be great for the upcoming dinner/meeting/Christmas party, or whatever … If it’s none of that – move it along to another pile. 

Keep, with some alteration or mending. Maybe…actually, I’ll never get around to it. Move it along. 

Maybe. Nope, I’ve said ‘maybe’ too many times. Move it along. 

Donate. Is it good enough to donate or is it pretty worn out/marked/damaged? Over it goes to the ‘throw’ pile. 

Throw. Pretty straightforward – but consider recycling first – can it be used as rags, etc.? 

Sell. Here’s where preloved clothing markets come in!

Gearing up (excuse the pun!) to sell your preloved clothing.


How I started was by selling some items on eBay – still do, and love it. It started off as time consuming and there’s a bit of setting up before it becomes a quick, easy and smooth operation. Mavis the mannequin comes in very handy for this exercise. I’ll present a quick and easy process in another conversation. But always consider, there’s bound to be something that you may want more for than you might get at a preloved market, and eBay can be just the place.

Over the years, I’d sold bits and pieces at markets and garage sales – usually alongside other household goods or knick-knacks. Most of us probably have. But now I wanted to seriously turn my ‘fash into cash’ .

So, one day I dusted down my two clothes racks and assembled them (after the obligatory rummaging around for all the necessary bits and bolts – I always think I’ll remember where I put ‘that thing’. But who am I kidding these days!). And, ready to go, I did a test run of hanging up all the items in my ‘sell’ pile.
(Stress-free prep for a preloved market stall? You guessed it, yet another conversation.)

Once the ‘sell’ items were hung on both racks, I found I had an amazing collection of clothes for sale! And after a few ‘oooh, that’s fab, maybe I will keep it’ false starts, I re-grounded myself (by revisited my motive) and looked up local preloved clothing markets. Then, before getting cold feet, I immediately signed up for a stall. As market day approached, I got washing, ironing and tagging. I thankfully had the terrific help of my very enthusiastic entrepreneurial teen daughter, who, amongst other things, volunteered to write up an extensive inventory! Ready to go…

Away we went. 

Recycling | Reusing | Reselling
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