Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

It's Culling Season - and No One Is Safe; I've Always Found the Most Painless Way to Start the Clothes Culling Process Is to Start with Someone Else's Wardrobe

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

It's Culling Season - and No One Is Safe; I've Always Found the Most Painless Way to Start the Clothes Culling Process Is to Start with Someone Else's Wardrobe

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JUST like two naughty schoolboys trying to sneak a ciggie behind the bike shed - spring has well and truly been sprung.

Ah spring. The time of year when we notice the birds are singing, the flowers are blooming and the clothes we shoved into the back of the wardrobe at the beginning of winter are in all likelihood never going to be in fashion or fit us again.

Yep, that's right, September is official clothes culling season. And while I'm not one for getting all excited about spring cleaning (trust me the only time you'll ever see me getting all worked up over a feather duster or a vacuum cleaner attachment is if Johnny Depp is at the other end) I do enjoy a good springtime culling.

It's all part of the natural order of things. If you don't occasionally kill off a few of those plain white shirts, black shoes or faded knickers with the dodgy elastic one day they'll just take over the herd.

Of course there is always the danger that something you've never worn yet schlepped around from house to house, and cupboard to cupboard for years and years will be needed for the first time exactly 10 minutes after you've thrown it out - but like most dangerous activities, clothes culling is a calculated risk.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not advocating throwing out everything. We should all keep some useless sentimental stuff.

For me it's the kids. And my wedding dress. Call me crazy, call me Miss Havisham, but even though the kids and my old bridal gown aren't particularly practical and it doesn't do my image any good being seen with them in public, I'm not quite ready to give them up - yet.

I'm also pretty attached to my first pair of platform shoes, a pair of feather earrings from the eighties and a souvenir concert t-shirt from the Springsteen 'Boss is Back' tour. But pretty much everything else is negotiable. …

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