For the past year we have embraced rational minimalism. Even though we’re careful of what comes into our home, we still have two children and children tend to accumulate stuff. I am constantly ‘lightly decluttering’ but every couple of months, I intentionally go through our home and thoroughly declutter.
After Christmas, I went through toys and minimized them (children play so much better with fewer toys!) I didn’t even tackle the clothing then but with a 2-month-old who is quickly outgrowing clothing, it was time to do some cleaning out and organizing.
The dresser typically never looks like this but I used the pile of clothing and other items on the top to actually help me get going with my de-cluttering! We had been out of town for the weekend and as I was doing laundry, I was just piling up the clean clothes on the dresser.
I realized that I could ignore all of those items in those piles since they were all things that had been worn just that weekend which meant they’re items we love and use! The rest of the items in the drawers and in the closet were what needed to be scrutinized! (And once I went through everything, I put these things back where they belonged!)
A large pile of boy clothes to go ranging from newborn to 24 months! My 22-month-old had over 25 tops (that’s ridiculous!) I got rid of the ones I knew he didn’t wear much but once we pack up his winter clothing, I’m going to reduce that number dramatically, there’s no need in saving that many items for little brother!
Most of the de-cluttered items were added into the ‘resale tote’. We have a local resale store that I sell the boys’ outgrown clothing to for store credit and occasionally cash. Every time I declutter, items that are fairly new and in good condition go into this tote, the rest are donated. Once I bring the items to the resale store, the items that are not purchased will be passed along to friends at church or donated.
Of course, it’s just the beginning of March and still quite cool in Georgia. The boys’ will be wearing long sleeve shirts and pants for another month or two still. Once the weather finally warms up, I’ll be going back through their clothes again and doing a very thorough purging.
My older son’s clothes will be pared down and I’ll only keep my favorite items that are in good condition for little brother. The items that are in good condition will be placed in the resale tote and the rest will be donated. With my 2-month-old, I’ll be even more selective since we aren’t planning on having another baby anytime soon and then we’re not guaranteed to have another boy so I think it’s unnecessary to hold on to a bunch of baby clothes.
How often do you declutter?