Every Friday, we’re cleaning out a different area of the house. We’re being smart and keeping it simple so that we feel like we’ve accomplished a little home organization every single week.
Home Organization Week # 2: Sweaters
There’s no rhyme or reason to WHAT is being cleaned out every week. Just whatever is driving me nuts and makes me think, “Why do I have all of these (fill in the blank – and this week it’s – ) sweaters?”
You know I love cashmere, right? It was hard but I’m even parting with a few cashmere sweaters!
Brad (my husband) and I went through all of our sweaters. We helped each other trim down the number of sweaters we had both accumulated over the years by asking these questions:
- Am I ever going to wear this again?
- Does it look good still or does it look too frayed and worn?
- Is it worth mending?
- Will it ever come back into style?
- Does it fit right – still?
- Do I have another one like it?
It really helps to have a partner to do this with – and someone who is honest and truthful. Don’t have an honest spouse or partner? (OK, that came out funny!) Find a friend and trade sweater sorting services.
What did I keep?
- I kept all of my Ralph Lauren hand knit sweaters. When I worked for Polo/Ralph Lauren, I got a clothing allowance and always chose sweaters. They’re beautiful sweaters and even though I wear them rarely, I had to keep them. They’re classic and timeless – they’re my style.
- I also kept a sweater my mom knitted my dad when they were dating. My dad passed away 20+ years ago and I can’t get rid of it. If any of my siblings or nieces or nephews want it, I am happy to pass it on to you.
- Our kid’s baby sweaters. You know I’m not getting rid of these. They were hand-me-downs to us and I’m saving them for our kids.
- I kept one sweater of Brad’s to cut down and remake into one for myself. In one year if it’s not done, I have to get rid of it.
There are 2 very large bags filled with sweaters ready to go. Brad wants to take them to a consignment store – which I’ve reluctantly agreed to try. While I’ve definitely earned money doing this, there’s more work involved than simply taking them to Goodwill.
The 2 trunks that our sweaters are stored in – one in our bedroom and the other trunk, made by my grandfather, and in our son’s room – have plenty of room in them now.
Now, it’s your turn. Go sort through and clean out your sweater collection. Take it slow and do a little every day. High fives all around!
How many sweaters are you parting with? Are you a cashmere lover, too?
Go Gingham related links:
Matching napkins for the table-cloth – made from an old skirt
How to make a waistband smaller without pins!
How to turn jeans into capris – easier than you think!
How to make skinny jeans from wide leg jeans – make your own “jeggings”
How to mend pillow cases to improve your sleeping – hah!
The “weekly home organization projects” – if you’ve missed a week