Spring Cleaning – Declutter Winter Gear

March 4, 2011 by  

Spring is (almost) here. Let’s clear out winter clothes & gear!

Winter clothes, coats, hats, gloves, boots, shovels, sleds are just part of what can be either decluttered from your home or stored away until next winter.

When you go through your winter gloves make sure if you are going to keep them that:

1) They all have a match
2) They still fit your children and there are no holes in them.

If they are in good shape but are too small for your children, then put them in the donate bag.  If you only have one, then don’t keep it, and certainly don’t throw it in the donate bag (someone one other end of sorting will just be the one to have to get rid of it)

gloves

For your hats and coats and boots – Go through the same thing. For those items that will still fit next year and are in good shape, store them in a clear bin and label it.

For your snow shovel and sleds and skies.  Ski racks on your garage wall would be ideal.  The same for the snow shovel if you have the space.  Look UP in your garage. Use your wall space.  If you have rafters in your garage… use those for storage!

snow shoves

8 Easy Steps to Transferring The Clothes

1) Get your supplies ready. White (donate) and black (trash) trash bags, sharpie
marker, labels -sticky address labels work great, bins (clear are best).

white and black trash bags

2) Go through the drawers & closets. Pull out each piece of clothing and evaluate it quickly.

* Will it fit someone in the family in the future? (If not dontate)
*  Is it in any condition to save? (If not then throw away, don’t donate clothes
that are torn, stained or are better for rags)
* Will the next child wear it? Was it worn at all this season? (Do they like it?)

dresser drawer

3) Make piles

* Save for next year
* Donate (white bag)
* Trash (black bag)

4) Get out the summer clothes from storage.

5) Go through the new season clothes and do the same thing as you put them away in
the kids drawers. Make sure they will fit your child this year and it is
something they will wear.

6) I prefer using clear bins if possible. Get ones that fit your space to store and latch closed. They will go from season to season. Now for really long clothing storage, you might want to look into another form (but I don’t suggest long term clothing store of any one item …usually)

spring clean clothes 37) Take the bins you have for next year and be sure to label them.  The labels don’t have to be fancy printed out labels!  Just get something you can see clearly and you can peel off or stick over for next season.
Put either sex or child’s name, season and size on each label. For instance, Boy – Summer – Size 10

8) Your donate bags can be taken to friends who can use them, sold at a garage sale or resale
shop or taken to a facility such as Good Will, but get them out of your house as soon as possible.

We have so much cold winter gear, that just putting it away or giving it away makes you feel less cluttered doesn’t it?

I’d love to see how you clear out your winter clutter!  Blog about them and then come back and

link it to my Organizing Mission Link party – Mission Spring Cleaning !!

Organizing Mission Monday

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8 Responses to “Spring Cleaning – Declutter Winter Gear”
  1. Rosey says:

    Oh hurray! A shoe holder for gloves, hanging over the closet door frame (on the inside of the closet) is such a great idea!! I’ve tried buckets, clear tupperware, and EnviroSack full of the gloves, etc., and nothing is convenient or conducive to the hubby and kids getting their items w/o making a big mess. This is perfect, and I’ll be adopting the idea very soon!

  2. Sandy says:

    lol…. all those gloves and hats drive me a little batty in the winter. I will be more than happy to pack them up soon. Then we will use the plastic holder for suntan lotion, sunglasses etc….

  3. Robyn :) says:

    I really need to go through my gloves. I have a bunch and they are just mine!!

    I use my grandmother’s cedar chest for storing seasonal clothing. I am not quite ready to switch stuff out(not until the official first day of Spring), but I am going to go through the chest tonight to see if there is anything I can purge ahead of time :)

  4. Sandy says:

    I wish a cedar chest was enough room for all 7 of us! lol I can’t do it yet either for the season. But I’m ready now!

  5. oh yes, winter gear is so hard to store when you live in a cold climate! oh, the boots, the gloves, the hats, the scarves, etc etc. I need Handy Man to make us a better shoe/boot rack. I just can’t find anything that fits the space well, that doesn’t cost a fortune!

  6. Sandy says:

    No kidding. I am hoping my DH will make some of the things I am going to want to redecorate this house. It is a matter of time for him. But he has his workshop up and running at his farm, so I’m hopeful!

  7. That’s a lot of ‘purging & organizing’!! Awesome job with this challenge

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