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 # 4: The coat closet
I know it’s still winter and there’s a slight chance of me wearing one of these winter coats, but not really.
It’s time to let go of some of those “What if I might need it someday?” outerwear pieces.
We actually don’t even have a front hall coat closet. Small, old homes don’t have those modern conveniences. We use the office closet as our coat closet and have a hall tree in the entryway.
- Much like the sweaters from week # 2, we took everything out of the closet – and gave the closet a proper cleaning. Yes, largest cob web ever seen was spotted!
- Next, we placed everything on the day bed and hashed it out.
- Then, we agreed that 1 item could be sold on eBay – as long as I didn’t have to do it! Brad is going to try selling a Polo/Ralph Lauren black-watch plaid wool topcoat. I worked for Polo for many years and we have lots of coats!
- We’re going to take our 2 huge bags of coats and jackets to Red Light resale shop. They buy vintage items and pay cash.
- The remainder of our coats are going to a homeless shelter.
- We pared down our belongings from 29 items to 16 items. Not too bad!!
We didn’t exactly follow the rule “if you haven’t worn it in a year, then get rid of it.” There are several coats that really won’t go out of style, are cashmere, and rarely get worn.
I’m passing along the “Winter Cape” that I sewed from 2 old prom dresses several years ago for my daughter. It’s going to a family who has 2 little girls and they’ll get several years of wear out of it.
Winter coats and jackets are done! After several weeks of this project, it’s feeling good to have more breathing room in our closets and drawers. I wanted to do handbags, backpacks, and other bags (that are stored in the closet) but we’ll do it another day. Brad reminded me we’re taking it in “baby-steps” – mostly I think he had had enough for the day!
How’s your home organization clean out going?
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