Paring Down – Part 4 – Coats and Towels (34 down to 22 items)

This week we had random acts of sorting. First with our fall/winter outdoor coats and jackets then with our towels. Since we live in Northern Indiana we need an assortment and the ability to layer is important as the weather changes back and forth drastically. As you can see Steve has a bit more need for flexibility in his outdoor gear, since he’s the one who fixes the cars, shovels side walks and cares for his mom’s farm, I was understanding in his collection.

Coats and Jackets

Steve’s Collection Before – 7 items


After – 6 items

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Yes, he only got rid of one jacket, because it’s purpose was repeated by the black hoodie. Left to right:  the orange coat is for dirty work, like working on the car in the cold (which we do often), working on the farm, shoveling, etc. The next one is a nice fall weather Columbia jacket for work, it can also be used to layer with all the others. The red one is another Columbia brand coat for work in the cold, cold months. The black hooodie is a staple in the American closet for cool evening walks and layering. The dark blue overalls are for when it is super cold and shoveling needs done, these will protect him and allow him to work for a long time.  The green rain coat, is not only for rain but it also packs into his back pack nicely. So, as I said, I’m understanding of his need for the selection. We hope to one day purchase a jacket “system” which is a sweater, jacket, and winter coat all in one, the different layers all zip together. But we would still need some items in which we could get. Perhaps it would not be the answer to all the clutter, but it might help.

Mine Before – 6 items

20141012_101733After – 4 items


I got rid of two items. I kept 2 coats and 2 sweaters. Left to right: the warm navy blue winter coat with a hood is for daily use, like taking the dog out, running errands, etc. The red fleece sweater is nicer in the cool fall weather and also good for layering with the winter coats including my black wool Pea Coat for nice outings. The blue hoodie is good for everyday use and layering too.

Towels from 21 to 12 

Who really needs 21 towels? How did we ever get there?? I imagine that over time, half were gifts and the other half were purchased. Some are ready to be tossed/made into rags because they are in such bad shape so, why did we keep them? We have no idea!

It was tricky to think of how many towels we actually need. So, we started with the same philosophy for bed sheets which states you should have three: one on the bed, one in the wash and one in the cabinet. Since there are two of us, plus my mom is staying till spring and we have visitors often, using logic, we decided the following:

3 for Me

3 for Steve

2 for the dog (for baths and wipe dirty feet daily)

2 hand towels

2 for mom and visitors



We know the reality is that we will not be utilizing all 6 of our personal allotment of towels at once, so we should still have enough for guests. When choosing, we kept the ones that fit two criteria, one – we loved them, mainly the the soft, comfy, and colorful ones, and two – were in good condition.

Before & After

(oops! not pictured is one of the dog’s towels, it was by the back door for wiping his feet)


Keeping this blog really motivates me to find things to sort so I can post my progress to you! Nearly every week I see such an improvement in our home. I hope that if you are feeling burdened by your possessions and would more rather have its space than its company, that you are inspired by my posting to give, sell or donate your items! Little by little, bit by bit, a new found freedom we will get!

Thank you so much for reading, commenting, liking, following and sharing! Let me know if there are any topics that interest you most!


 NOTE: Unwanted items in decent condition will be set aside for friends/relatives in need to choose first, after that they will go to the local homeless shelter.



2 thoughts on “Paring Down – Part 4 – Coats and Towels (34 down to 22 items)

  1. Wow. I was bored today and trying to get motivated to simplify another room in my house ( I did two last month), but couldn’t get going. Then I read several of your posts. I feel inspired. I am going to sart following your blog. Good stuff.


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