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Drowning In Outerwear April 6, 2017 Tags: , , ,

CMFTO™ 3rd Annual Clutter Challenge: Outerwear

Outerwear is one of those things that we rarely get rid of over time, but somehow seem to accumulate more and more. By the time we are considering rightsizing, we can have outerwear “stored” in numerous places throughout the home.

We recently worked with a client who had just this scenario. The outerwear collection spanned several decades and had overtaken at least three areas in the home.

Because outerwear is often a more expensive investment than, say, a shirt or pants, it can feel wasteful to discard it, even if it’s for donation. Furthermore, outerwear usually has a longer shelf-life than other items of clothing. It’s usefulness and practicality mean we can keep it for a very long time, adding to our collection of coats based on style and preference changes.

So, what do we do when we have a large quantity of outerwear, but our lives have changed, and we really only need a few key pieces?

To begin with, we apply the same editing techniques that we use for other categories of clothing:

  1. Does it fit?
  2. Is it in good condition (i.e.: not damaged)?
  3. Do we need it?

If the answer to any of these questions is “no,” then it’s time to get rid of it. Of course, “need” is highly subjective, and dependent on each individual’s circumstances. As a guideline, it’s wise to keep outerwear that

  • we like and use
  • is in good condition
  • serves a purpose, and
  • is not duplicated by other pieces.

Donation is the best method to clear out your outerwear overstock. Consignment may be a good option if the piece is high-end or designer. There are many programs all over the country that are in need of pieces that we no longer use.

In the end, outerwear is an often-overlooked category that we only see when it’s time to move and edit our homes. But this process can be much easier if we do a little along the way.

All my best,

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