I know, you can’t even think of putting on a coat when it’s so warm outside, so why would you begin to sort through your coat closet? Because I’m pretty sure it’s not going to be this warm in December, so you might as well tackle it now. Plus, the added bonus is that you may be able to help keep someone else warm this winter by donating your gently used coats.
Take everything out of your front hall and/or mudroom coat closet. Lay all of the coats on a chair or the floor (if it’s clean).
One by one, go through every coat, jacket, parka, and poncho to decide if you will wear it this winter. If the answer is yes, decide if it needs to be cleaned, and if so, put it in a pile for either the laundry or dry cleaner. If the answer is no, you won’t wear it, put it in a pile to donate or give to a friend or family member who would love to have it.
If the coat is clean and you will wear it, it goes back into the closet, but not before you check the pockets for miscellaneous items from last winter; used tissues, missing leather gloves, a parking ticket you never paid, ugh!
Repeat this process with all of the remaining coats.
Go through your gloves, hats and scarves. Again, see what you will wear, what needs to be cleaned, and what should be given or thrown away.
Mop the floor of the closet, or vacuum it if there’s carpet. You’d be surprised how dirty it can get over the summer!