Wardrobe detoxing
& beating Cancer with TK Maxx

Poppy's Wardrobe

My wardrobe is a complete embarrassment. There are remnants of teenage years, boots with heels missing, dresses with hems that I had always intended to take up but never did, jeans which I’d always intended to fit into… but never did… and every time I open the doors to this cupboard of doom, it is like stepping back in time… or perhaps that’s being kind. It’s like stepping into a mahoosive mess.

There are some lovely prints in my wardrobe, but it's just so cluttered with un-worn or old items that I often can't see them...

There are some lovely prints in my wardrobe, but it’s just so cluttered with un-worn or old items that I often can’t see them…

I own two of the same dresses! And I've had them both for over 10 years... and haven't worn either in about 5... off to TK Maxx with you!

I own two of the same dresses! And I’ve had them both for over 10 years… and haven’t worn either in about 5… off to TK Maxx with you!

Neither of these three dresses fit me properly. SO I don't wear them. Be gone!

Neither of these three dresses fit me properly. So I don’t wear them. Be gone!

I (like many of you, I’m sure – I can’t be the only one, can I?) have had such good intentions over the years about ‘having a good clear out’… and occasionally I make piles all over the floor. The charity shop pile, the eBay pile, the ‘maybe I’ll fit into it one day so don’t chuck it yet’ pile… and then after a few days, when I’ve still not made it down to the charity shop and I’ve fallen over all the piles several times… I bundle them all back into the wardrobe, aka, the ‘deal with it another day’ pile.

Wooden hangers

My empty hanger collection is growing!

No more. This madness stopped today and it’s not because I suddenly had a personality transplant, but it’s because I discovered a really fantastic incentive to do so… and it comes in the form of TK Maxx.

I love this jumper... but it shrank slightly in the wash about 5 years ago and I haven't been able to bring myself to give it away... but today's the day!

I love this jumper… but it shrank slightly in the wash about 5 years ago and I haven’t been able to bring myself to give it away… but today’s the day!

So many prints and patterns - it's hard to see what I even own sometimes. Which isn't because I own so much, but more because unused clothes are packed in so tightly that things fall off hangers and remain at the back of the wardrobe for months at a time...

So many prints and patterns – it’s hard to see what I even own sometimes. Which isn’t because I own so much, but more because unused clothes are packed in so tightly that things fall off hangers and remain at the back of the wardrobe for months at a time…

A worn-once party frock. It never really looked very good. But I kept it because it wasn't cheap to buy. That is what's known as ridiculous maths.

A worn-once party frock. It never really looked very good. But I kept it because it wasn’t cheap to buy. That is what’s known as ridiculous maths.

TK Maxx has been the official corporate sponsor for Cancer Research UK Kids and Teens for the past 11 years and have so far raised nearly £20m for charity, via their amazing campaign called Give Up Clothes for Good. The campaign simply asks the public to donate their unwanted clothes and they will transform them (like magic!) into moolar for Cancer Research UK. Poof!

My now de-cluttered accessories drawer...

My now de-cluttered accessories drawer…

I think I wore this once... I'd rather donate it than keep it, unworn, in my drawer...

I think I wore this once… I’d rather donate it than keep it, unworn, in my drawer…

Very pretty earring that I bought for a wedding and never wore.. and I pick them up and try them on at every so often... but I never wear them. I've donated these as well.

Very pretty earring that I bought for a wedding and never wore.. and I pick them up and try them on at every so often… but I never wear them. I’ve donated these as well.

This is the UK’s BIGGEST clothes collection and every single penny of the money raised will help fund research into childhood cancers in the UK – and we’re not talking peanuts. Every bag donated could be worth up to £30, especially if you add Gift Aid on top.

This campaign spurred me on to empty my wardrobe of all the items I no longer wear, (which took all of half an hour) bag them up and I will be dropping them off proudly at my local TK Maxx this week. It’s also come in perfect time for the change in season – this always fills me with a desire for a fresh slate… and a clean and tidy wardrobe will surely lead to a clean and tidy mind. No?

This month is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and what an amazing thing it is that you and I can help beat childhood cancers sooner by just being a bit organised and donating a bag (or seven) of unwanted clothes, accessories and homeware (nothing broken please!) to TK Maxx.

I’d love for you to get involved with this amazing initiative as well, so if you have clothes that no longer fit you (or never fitted you!) or if you have items in your wardrobe which used to be favourites, but actually you haven’t worn them in over a year or two… just bag them up and take them down to TK Maxx.

And as I’m so nosy, please share with me what you’ve donated on Twitter! Just post a pic and use the hashtag #GiveUpClothes.

Bag it, bring it, help beat childhood cancers sooner.

I’m in! Are you?

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