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Decluttering and Organising Outerwear

Here we are at our second week of Tidy 2020. We started last week with clothes and I hope that most people have managed to work their way through their clothes by now. If not, fear not, because we are still on a clothing related category this week, so there is plenty of time to catch up.

This week I would like you to work on clothing that does not generally live in your wardrobe or drawers. Outerwear such as coats, hats, scarves and gloves. The system is the same as it was for the other clothes. Pull it all out, separate and collect categories together and then ask yourself if each item Sparks Joy. Check the pockets of coats before donating them!

The number of items that you will keep is completely personal. I have a warm coat, a thinner coat and a thin waterproof coat. I also have a thick warm waterproof coat that is mainly used for horse riding and dog walking. I really like scarves, so I have a box full of them – some that are more winter based and warm, others that are lighter and generally worn to give an outfit some more colour in the warmer months (living in Aberdeenshire, it’s a rare day that it’s too warm to wear a light scarf!). Gloves, I have a smart warm pair, a smart thinner pair, and then several thick warm and/or waterproof ones that I wear to do the horses and to ride in. Hats, I’m down to just two woolly bobble types.

Once you have decluttered your outerwear, it’s worth giving some thought as to how you are going to store it. Again, don’t break your heart over this as storage solutions can and will change during the tidying festival. Here are some ideas though.

  1. Only keep the coats that you are wearing in a particular season in the hallway. For me, in an Aberdeenshire winter, this means that my hall cupboard should just have my thick riding/outdoor coat and my warm smart coat. The rest live in my wardrobe until they are swapped out as the season turns.

  2. I keep my gloves and hats in a clear hanging shoe organiser which has pockets. It makes it easy to see where they are at a glance. I hang it on the side in the cupboard rather than over the door (as the door has the children’s waterproof trousers on it).

  3. Scarves can be neatly folded into a box or alternatively hung off a hanger or hook. Do not squish them into a drawer, you’ll never find them!

  4. I keep all my children’s scarves and gloves in one box rather than trying to separate them out, but regardless of whether you think they are better together or separate, a box is super useful for throwing them into rather than trying to hang them up.

Remember that it should be easy to put your things away as if it is not, then they will just end up hanging around and cluttering up your entrance.

Next week we will be focusing on shoes and bags.