I hope you managed to ditch some discs last week! It is amazing how much space these things can take up, especially if they are no longer needed or wanted.
This week is another timely category – overcoats!
We are all starting to finally see some sunshine and shed some layers, but the evenings still have a chill. That means that charities continue to be in need of warm coats for their vulnerable clients who might not have a cosy bed to tuck into at night.
I have maybe half a dozen heavy coats for winter but always keep coming back to my 2 favourites despite best intentions so it is time to cull.
So how do we decide what stays and what goes?
Revisit the criteria I suggested you create during week 1 to assist you in making decisions about your overcoats.
Here are some other questions to ask yourself that will assist:
- Did you wear it this winter? What about last winter? If the answer is no to one and definitely to both, it is time to be passed on.
- Do you still like it? Would you shell out your hard earned cash to buy it is you saw it in the shop today? If no, time to go!
- Does it fit? Now this is a little more tricky. We all have that pile of “aspirational” clothes don’t we. The ones we are going to get into after we lose 5/10/[insert number here] kilograms. Refer back to questions 1 and 2 above, and if your numbers of “no” outnumber your “yes”, it is time to go.
What do I do with the keepers?
As we are now hopefully clear of the cold snaps, I recommend that you wash the items or get them dry cleaned depending upon the type of fabric and item.
If you get them dry cleaned, don’t store them in the plastic bags. Pick up a couple of fabric clothes hanger bags from a discount shop instead (usually only a couple of dollars each). This will allow the fabric to breathe.
You may also consider using a vacuum bag that you can store up high in the cupboard once it is packed. I must admit, I love vacuum bags in theory but have found they are a bit hit and miss in their success rates – even more expensive ones. That said, I do have some blankets/doonas I keep in them and just have to suck the air out again every few months.
Now you can pop the keepers in the cupboard until next year. Or into that empty suitcase you only use every few months.
What do I do with the ones that no longer have a purpose for me?
If they are in good condition, you could sell or donate them.
- Sell or Swap:
o Host a “Swap Party” with some of your friends (but remember to follow the adage of one-in-one-out as a minimum)
o Facebook Marketplace
o Buy-Swap-Sell or Fashion groups online
o Garage Sale (the Garage Sale Trail is coming up in October)
- Donate options:
o Take One, Leave One: The Winter Coat Project have a number of drop off locations across Canberra. They accept coats as well as scarves, gloves and hoodies and redistribute to homeless and at risk people.
o Charity shops such as the Salvos or Vinnies (Vinnies in Mitchell has a sign out the front at the moment asking for coats)
o Green Shed (Mitchell or Mugga Lane)
If you are going to consider selling, here is a recent blog with my top 5 tips for selling online. Please do also consider your time and potential return on investment.
If they are well worn, have holes or stains etc. consider using them as rags before you place them in the bin.
Don’t forget to check all of the pockets before you move them along!
How did you go?
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