If you’ve got kids, you’ve got clothes. TONS of clothes! And as your kids grow, all those little pants, tops and dresses just keeps multiplying! As clothes begin to take over their rooms, drawers and closets, it’s time for you to take back control. In an ideal world, we would all have the time to go through our kids clothes, shoes and sports uniforms and discard what is no longer needed on a regular basis. But, let’s face it, life as a parent is way too crammed with activities that we barely have time to take a shower let alone organizing our kids socks!
Here are a few basic steps to help you on your way to retain control and set up systems to help you keep on top of their clothes BEFORE they take over their rooms.
Find a common item to tackle and don’t stray. For example, if your child has overflowing drawers in his or her room, start there, in the room, next to the dresser.
- Grab some empty bags or boxes. Trash bags or store bags with handles work fine for donation items.
- Label the bags and/or boxes KEEP, DONATE, RECYCLE & TOSS
- Dump EVERYTHING out. Even if you think you’ve looked through there recently, do it anyway.
- Go through piece by piece.
- Dispose of accordingly
I know this may be hard, but try to be mindful in this process. Be SELECTIVE about what you are keeping. Use your best judgment.
Anything too small should be donated and anything stained or torn should be tossed.
If you have hand-me-downs that don’t quite fit, go through those and take out what you want, place in a box or bag and label with the clothing size and or/season. Store extra items in child's closet (or garage if there is no room).
IF you have items to pass on to family or friend, make a separate pile and be sure to plan delivery of said items in the immediate future so they don’t accidentally get donated, tossed or mixed back in with the keepers. Place in a labeled bins or boxes and make arrangements to drop off as soon as possible.
On to the organization part:
- Take all the KEEPERS and put back in categories. Shorts, dresses, tee's. pants, swim, athletic... All like items together in their place.
- You can also use dividers in the drawers to customize and maximize the space.
- Next, take ALL DONATIONS down to your car and drop off (or schedule a pick-up) ASAP!
- TOSS unwanted items in the trash.
CONGRATULATIONS! You’ve now set your child up for a streamlined wardrobe, one that he/she can easily navigate.
With kids, it really is less = more. The less they have to choose from the easier it will be for them to make decisions. Often while trying to empower our children we end up overwhelming them with too many choices.
Take the time to do this on a regular basis; I suggest every three-four months if your kids are under ten. Mark it down on your calendar and make it a priority. Cleaning and going through your kids stuff on a regular basis is part of being a parent. Think about it as taking inventory. Now you know what items are where when you need to find them.
You’ve also done a good deed and potentially helped someone else by donating. In addition, this sets a good example for your kids to learn about being charitable and not excessive.
Now your kids will find it so much easier to get dressed when you’ve eliminated the things they don’t wear. This leads to happier more harmonious mornings for everyone! Remember, LESS IS MORE!!! xo