After the holidays, around our house we get new clothes. Suddenly our drawers are bursting with clothes and I’m arguing with the kids to keep their clothes off the floor in the rooms.
Here is what you need to do, to clean out the dressers and closets from unwanted clothing.
Sort it into categories:
2. Doesn’t fit (too small)
3. Doesn’t fit (too big)
4. Don’t like it
5. Wrong season
What fits, goes back into the drawers and into the closet.
What is to big, can be boxed up or set aside to pull when your kids grow. If it too big due to weight loss, make a donate pile.
What is too small, can be boxed up and handed down to the next kiddo. If there are no kiddos to hand down to, put it in the donate pile. Have special shirts, consider making a t-shirt quilt with them.
If you now decided you don’t like it or the kids refuse to wear the clothes, hand it down to someone or put it in the donate pile.
The clothing is the wrong season? Box it up until the next season if you will be able to wear it again. If the kiddos are still growing, you might need to donate them at the beginning of the correct season.
You will need to repeat this with your coats and shoes.
Take all the shoes, coats and clothing and box them up or put in bags. Consider taking them to a local homeless shelter, women’s shelter or consignment shop before donating them to Goodwill. This will allow people who cannot afford these items to get them for free. The consignment shop will allow you to possibly get money for the items you no longer use. Another place to donate is your kids school. When the kids get wet, they need a dry set of clothes and some schools have a stash that they are always looking to add to.
If you upcycle items, take some of the items (not all), remember you are suppose to be decluttering, not moving stuff from one place to another (that would not be decluttering!)
Now don’t you feel better getting rid of the clothing clutter?