Uncomplicate your outerwear

I trust you put away your Halloween decor this week. What’s nice is that pumpkins can segue nicely to Thanksgiving but you do have to get rid of the spiderwebs and other scary stuff. Just make sure it’s clean and dry before you put it away in your clearly labeled “Halloween Decor” box. 😉

Speaking of putting things away….when was the last time you decluttered your outerwear like winter coats, hats, gloves, and scarves? My guess is you put all of these away last year not even thinking if you would still be wearing it this year. Or you just closed the door on the coat closet 9 months ago and didn’t give it another thought.

This week, I want you to spend 15 minutes going through all of your winter outer wear. This means coats, gloves, hats, and scarves.

  1. Does your coat fit? Does it need repair? Will you wear it again? Does it need to be cleaned?
  2. Ditto for your kids’ coats. They grow so fast they may have outgrown last year’s coat already.
  3. Check the pockets of your coats for money, tissues, hair ties, and any other treasures you may have forgotten about. You’d be amazed at how much cash I find in coat pockets when organizing closets.
  4. Do the gloves and mittens have mates? Match them up if you can find them.
  5. Are these scarves and hats ones that you would wear and use again? 

If you answered “no” to any of these questions regarding wearing again, it’s time to donate to someone in need. If it’s just taking up space in your closet and you won’t use it, pass it on to someone who needs it. What you’re ready to let go of could be exactly what someone else needs!

You can donate gently used coats, gloves, hats, scarves to local charity and drop off sites. Check with nearby churches and synagogues who may sponsor coat drop offs for other charities like MUST Ministries in Marietta. You can also search for a local retail locations or non-profit that is accepting donations for the One Warm Coat Project.

Just spend a few minutes this week going through your outerwear and donate what you and your family no longer need. Your closet will thank you and so will a stranger who needed to stay warm!

Happy Spring Cleaning!

organized closet

Who is thrilled that Spring is here besides me? I love spring so much because the weather is perfect (not too hot, not too cold, and usually sunny), people are in better moods, and the blooming flowers and trees are gorgeous!

I also love spring because it signals a new season of growth which makes me think of shedding anything old, worn out, or tired. I’m more excited about spring organizing than spring cleaning and I love anything that makes organizing easier.

I put together a list of 51 Things You Probably Have Too Much of and Can Get Rid of to help you (really me) purge the excess and stuff that is old, worn out and tired that you no longer need. Don’t let the long title scare you! Having a list to use makes your spring organizing work more focused and effective because you’re not just wandering through closets wondering what you’re looking for.

Go through the list of 51 Things You Probably Have Too Much of and Can Get Rid of and mark off anything that you were able to get rid of. There is nothing more satisfying than marking things off a list!

Oh, and remember that “getting rid of” can mean giving away, donating, recycling, or throwing away. Someone may need exactly what you no longer need so try to find a good recipient. Here in the Atlanta area, I love taking things to the Sandy Springs Recycling Center because they also have donation resources there. You can search for “recycling center” and your town or county name to find something similar in your area.

Happy Spring organizing!

Day 28: 30 Day Challenge

Day 28: More Children’s Books

It’s always amazing what you find that you can let go once you have the mindset of clearing out what you don’t need. We get used to having our “things” around us but when we sit down to examine if we really need or use them we realize that they aren’t relevant to our lives today. This is an important shift that has to take place in order to effectively declutter.

day 28

You have to let go of things you no longer use.

You have to let go of the mindset of “I might need this someday.”

You have to let go of things that don’t suit your lifestyle today.

Fortunately, I have a younger niece and nephew that are avid readers and learners so today is going to be like Christmas for them. Remember there is always someone else who can benefit from what you are ready to donate or give away.

Happy organizing!

Day 9: 30 Day Challenge

Day 9: Random Things from the Office

Here is another post that I think a lot of you can relate to: having random things that need to be disposed of but you just don’t get around to it. Or you don’t know what to do with the items.

day 9

Here are mine:

Pens and markers that don’t work. They are going in the trash.

Old, expired gift cards. These are going in the trash.

Memory card for a camera I no longer have. Recycle this.

Promo materials and notebook I don’t need anymore. Recycle these.

If a pen doesn’t work anymore, don’t put it back where you got it when you grab another. Throw it away!

Ok, this one is a personal pet peeve but if something doesn’t work, get rid of it! 🙂 Don’t keep it in your home. Recycle it or discard it responsibly but don’t keep it.

Happy organizing!