At one point, I kept receiving umbrellas as my “free gift” from several charities. I also had umbrellas that I’d purchased and tucked in my tote bag and car. When I pulled them all together, I realized that I had eight(!) umbrellas.
Bring all your umbrellas together. Are there any in poor condition? Take them outside and open them if you aren’t certain. You don’t need to hold onto items that won’t do their job or “should be okay,” particularly if you have better options.
Keep the umbrellas together, preferably near the door people use to head out to school or work. Do you need to keep the umbrellas if you realize you never use them? How many umbrellas do you need? If you got rid of half the umbrellas you currently have, would this bother anyone?
Be the umbrella fairy who leaves umbrellas on the bus or by the door at work on a rainy day.
Susan Caplan McCarthy
I'm Susan, a writer and teacher developing a second career as a Decluttering Coach.