Organize your winter wardrobe - and help others

Now is the time to review all your winter clothes and eliminate those you will not wear and perfect...

Now is the time to review all your winter clothes and eliminate those you will not wear and perfect the items you wish to wear. (Shutterstock)

Marilyn Wetston, Special to QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 12:18 PM ET

As the thermostat drops toward freezing, we need to take our wardrobe warmth factor up a notch. We need to pull out our winter wear, including our outerwear -- coats, jackets, vests, boots, gloves, shawls, scarves and headgear.

This is a perfect time of year to review all your winter clothes and eliminate those you will not wear and perfect the items you wish to wear.

A shoemaker can refurbish your footwear and make it look like new. They can reheel and resole shoes and boots as well as polish leathers and waterproof them. One drop off and pick up and you are done. You'll be prepared for the season and know if you need to replace anything.

As for your other winter wear, review it now. Perfect what you plan to use and eliminate the rest. Your gently used excess items will be useful to the needy in your community. The winter wear you give them now is exactly what they need and will be appreciated as a timely, useful gift.

Holding on to things you will almost never wear takes up valuable space in your closet and serves no useful purpose. Your generosity now will help those who face the winter without the essentials to keep them warm and dry. This is definitely most effective when done sooner rather than later.

That extra winter clothing you have not worn in the last couple of years will not be missed by you, but it can be worn and make a difference in someone's life.

For example, last season I started using shawls to keep my neck warm rather than turtlenecks. This season, I am releasing all but my black, white and denim blue turtlenecks. I will not miss them and these basics in assorted colors will keep others warm.

If you have not yet edited your clothes for this season, or realize you were not efficient enough the first time, take a little time now to review, release your excess and reorganize what you have. Your reward will be a neat, orderly closet that makes your clothes accessible and visible so you can be inspired to create new looks. Also you can enjoy the pleasure of having done a good deed helping others.

My closet organizing instruction sheet can guide you through the process. Log on to Marilyns.ca or send a postage-paid, self-addressed envelope to: Marilyn’s, 200 Spadina Ave., Toronto, Ont., M5T 2C2

 If, however, you need help assessing your items, you are welcome to set a time with me so we can review what you have. This will ensure you have more than just clothes hanging in your closet. You will have a wardrobe that takes you everywhere.

Regardless of where you live, you can have the help of a professional. They can help you discover what clothes are worth keeping, what will no longer serve your specific needs and advise you how to store everything. To find one nearby, just log on to Organizersincanada.com.

When you understand that what you are doing helps others, as well as yourself, it becomes easier to release and eliminate your excess.

"Wardrobe Doctor" Marilyn Wetston is the owner of Marilyn’s, 200 Spadina Ave., Toronto, Ont. Follow her on Facebook to ask your questions, Facebook.com/MarilynsToronto


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