Ohio Valley Goodwill Industries
Serving Greater Cincinnati

Time to Say Goodbye to That Coat. Yep. You Know the One!

It’s nearly time to put the winter coats back in the closet for next year, but before you pack things up in favor of a spring jacket, it might be time for a purge.

Here’s how:

Take Inventory

Take advantage of the upcoming change of seasons and gather up your winter gear so you can get an idea of what you have. Are there coats in the back of the closet that never saw the outdoors this winter? Are you really going to wear three different black wool coats in a single season? If not, it’s time to donate them.

How to Decide What Coats to Keep

Once you know what styles and colors of winter coats you have, put some thought into your regular activities and the typical weather in your area. Dressy coats are nice, but do you find yourself spending most of your time in casual wear? Or maybe you have several casual puffer parkas but spend most of your time in a buttoned-up office environment. It’s important that the number and type of coats you keep match up with your lifestyle!

Accessorize Your Looks

Lay out the coats you’ve decided to keep. Now match your accessories and outerwear to create winter ” looks” for different occasions. This will help you sort through the many hats, gloves, and scarves that inevitably end up stuffed all over the house. Any accessories that don’t work with one of the coats you’re keeping should go in the donate pile.

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Donate What You Don’t Need

Any of the items that didn’t make it through your purging process can be donated to Goodwill and given new life! Simply pack your coats and winter accessories in a box, bag, or clothes basket (you can take it back with you after donating your clothes), and find your nearest Ohio Valley Goodwill Donation Center.

At Goodwill, we’ll turn your clothing donation into skills training and job placement services for individuals with disabilities, our nation’s veterans, and others with barriers to employment. Your donations help thousands of people become fully engaged citizens right here in the Cincinnati region.