Week 3: The 365 Declutter Challenge – Lots of kids’ clothes!

Time to report on week 3! If you want to catch up on what I’m doing in this challenge, check out these previous posts:

I’m Decluttering 365 Things in 2014!
Week 1: Easy Bake Oven!
Week 2: The clothes didn’t fit in the drawer

I was on a roll with the kiddie clothes! Check out my mostly-blurry picture! (It’s almost like I meant to do that in an artsy way, right? Right.)

Getting rid of kids' clothesI had 2 motivators this week:

1. I need to find some stuff to send out the door!

2. There is a toddler girl coming over to my house tomorrow.

Put those together and you get: I’ll find some toddler clothes to give away to my friend!

I didn’t time myself, but I think it was under an hour that I worked through some miscellaneous laundry baskets and piles of clothes and came up with 63 things!!! Wahoo!

They are separated by size now (brilliant) and the pile in the middle has those stained/ripped/not-so-great clothes. I usually cut those up for rags, but if you have any other ideas (especially for jeans), I would love to hear them!

I also found some more boy things to pass on to my nephews. Oh, and the trashy-looking pile of bags on the left is just that. I was looking for bags to put the clothes in and I found those 3 ripped up bags in my bedroom!? I didn’t even bother counting them in my 63 things, but they made it into the picture.

Speaking of 63 things, check it out:

counting clutter

That was fun. (If you want a chart like mine, you can get one over at Nourishing Minimalism if you sign up for the free mailing list.)

OK! Your turn! And please feel free to join in with the challenge at any point if you haven’t yet!

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17 Responses to Week 3: The 365 Declutter Challenge – Lots of kids’ clothes!

  1. Ooh, nice! 63 is fantastic.

  2. Sarah Godwin

    Wow! That’s awesome! My progress has been slow this past week, so my chart isn’t looking as good as yours, but all progress is good, right?

  3. I took another box to the consignment store yesterday with a hat, tackle box, kid back pack and some other miscellaneous stuff. And just looked at our account and found out we made $17.03 there so far!!!!

  4. Abigail

    Clothes (kids and adult) are a huge clutter maintenance thing. You feel frugal holding on to them but it gets out of control so fast. Especially if, like us, you love to accept hand me downs. But every bag of hand me downs needs to be tried on for actual size and put in it’s place. Not always an easy task with short attention span kids.

    I struggle the most with hand me down things that are for the distant future. I have yet to land on a system that keeps them in front of me so I don’t miss the window of usability but away enough that they aren’t visual clutter.

    • Elizabeth

      I totally know what you mean. I did actually just do a new organization thing with some hand me downs last month. I’ll have to show it here sometime. I have such a hard time with the first few years when it seems like they are changing sizes every week! It’s hard to keep up!

  5. Your last post inspired me to tackle my kids clothes, they both got rid of a bag each (we didn´t count them but at least 15 items each). And it was REALLY easy this time, they had to say yes or no when I held up an item, they only got to keep clothes they will use and they did. I´m so proud of them. You´ve done a great job this week, you´ve come a far way on your goal, way to go 🙂

  6. Stephanie

    63 things??!! WOW! That is GREAT! I love how you targeted an area where you knew you could donate and benefit someone in your life. Keep it up!

    Last week, I did a quick pick up and organization in our master closet. Now, I have to pause here for full disclosure: I was taking on this mini project because we had scheduled for an appraiser to come…nothing and I mean NOTHING motivates you to clean like a stranger coming into your home…with a CAMERA!!! I had only 30 minutes or so to tackle the floor and the shelves along the top of the closet (the actual hanging clothes and sweater shelves will have to wait for another time…the appraiser never has to know there are clothes in there that I wore in middle school). I managed to purge (some to trash and some to charity) 6 pairs of shoes, 6 bags (hand bags and luggage bags), 5 or so shoeboxes, 2 old pillows, and around 15 pieces of old clothes that had been sitting in a basket on the floor. I made quick decisions…and, it was easy! My husband also got in on the fun and got rid of a pair of shoes and two pairs of shorts. I cannot emphasize enough how much of a difference this quick pick up made! Before, I could barely walk into our closet, and now, it is so much neater and clutter free (and, it has managed to stay that way even after the appraiser visit)! I must keep reminding myself to do what I can with the time I have. It doesn’t have to be perfect, and I don’t have to do it all. Just do SOMETHING! Before, I would not have touched my closet until I had time to tackle all of it. I would have built it up in my mind that such a project would take all day, and of course, I would never find a whole day to do it, so it would never get done. But 30 minute increments? I can do that! And, it makes a huge difference!

    I am also having to fight the urge to make my organizing perfect. Ordinarily, I would have had to take everything out of the closet, vacuum, dust, etc. etc. etc. There is certainly goodness to that, but I only had time to do a quick purge and organize, and you know what? It produced the results I wanted. I have to remember that “good enough” is sometimes good enough. And, maybe working in small increments of time will force me to focus on the most purging and organizing bang for my buck. Otherwise, I will never have time to do it all perfectly. THANK YOU for the inspiration and motivation! This week is getting off to a good start, too. “See” ya next week! 🙂

    • Elizabeth

      I am crazy-impressed that you got so much done in ~30 min!!! We have so much in common in the way we think about decluttering. That perfectionistic procrastination thing is a real battle – and you are winning! Thank you for YOUR inspiration!

      • Stephanie

        I suspected that you and I had some things in common. 😉 I came across the Small Notebook blog through yours, and I thought one of her quotes was great (which goes right along with WilliamB’s comment below): “If you organize to perfection, then you’re not organizing to make your life better, you’re living your life to organize, and nobody needs that.”

    • WilliamB

      I think the phrase that describes your point is “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good enough.”

  7. Way to go on finding 63 things! This post is inspiring me to go tackle the clothes in my older son’s room. He just complained this morning of a shirt that didn’t fit any longer.

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