Jan 21, 2019

The One with the Clothing Clean Out

Right now the big thing is decluttering especially since that Netflix special came out about Konmari method. Truthfully I haven't seen it. I probably won't see it. But I had decided awhile ago that this house needs a major clean up and clean out. So when I was putting together my bullet journal for 2019 months ago I put together a spread of the Konmari method which I figured would help me get through my house and finally do the massive declutter we desperately need.

And all that was going to start with clothing.

I was actually looking forward to going through my clothes. I knew I had so many that I could get rid of. Maternity clothes were the first in the bag but it wouldn't be long before dozens of other shirts were added to it. It was actually easy to pull out shirts that I didn't like anymore, didn't fit well, or that I just didn't care about keeping. Before long I had a giant pile that easily filled up two trash bags. The rest of my clothes went quickly. I cleaned out then straightened and organized as I went. Truthfully it felt amazing.


But then I had pause. I knew going through the kids clothes would be a lot. I had tubs and tubs downstairs. Their rooms hadn't been cleaned out in a long time and there were things in both rooms that didn't fit either of them (Emma has like five outfits to her name so she doesn't count in this case). I honestly thought that this would be where my project would end. I didn't want to spend hours downstairs going through tubs in the cold. But then I realized that the tubs move and I should just move them upstairs. It would be a pain to do but by doing this, I wouldn't be downstairs in the cold and dirty (the basement is such a mess right now that just being down there is a bit overwhelming) and by having it in the main part of the house it would motivate me to go through it faster because I would want the stuff back downstairs quickly.


So I moved the tubs upstairs. I started with boys clothes because there was only two tubs of clothes and since we are done having babies, it would be easy. All the boys clothes that Connor has grown out of just needed to be sorted into clothes that I wanted to keep and clothes that I would pass down to Rob's brothers if they ever decide to have kids one day. I'm definitely passing along more clothes than I'm keeping but I am keeping some that are my favorites or that have certain memories. And there is still plenty of room in that tub to add to when he grows out more clothes, namely his superhero pajamas that he loves so much. (Truthfully when he finally gets too old to love superhero pajamas, that will break my heart a little.)

But then I had the overwhelming task of sorting through all the girls clothes which had about seven tubs. I had at one point "organized" them but apparently I hadn't done a very good job because they were a mess. Going through these tubs were much more about getting the right sizes together and getting rid of things that I just didn't want to keep. I stood at the kitchen table - wearing Emma like she loves so much but my back hates - and listened to My Favorite Murder as I sorted. I folded and sorted and packed away again. By the time I was done I was one tub down and had three bags of clothes to donate.


For all the tubs I printed out new labels and felt good about what I had done. It truthfully felt amazing to have it all gone through and cleaned up. I can't even see the clothes inside the closed tubs but I know they are organized and everything is folded and sorted correctly, and all that makes me feel good.



The plan now is that as Emma grows out of clothes I will do the same as I did with the boys clothes. I will have two tubs - one of clothes to keep and one of clothes to pass on - and as I will sort them as she grows out. That keeps me from having to sort through the clothes a year from now.

Now that I'm done with my clothes and the kids clothes, it's on to the hubs. I saved him for last because I knew he would be the easiest. He doesn't have much for one and what he does have he wears. He scoffed when I told him we were going to go through his clothes but after I told him that he was going to ruin my flow and just end up discouraging me, he agreed.

After we were all said and done, we took the bags of clothes to Goodwill. And it felt awesome to have that stuff out the house. It was a good way to start off the new year and this new project.

I am now onto the next category which is books. This is a tougher one for me and I'm dreading it a little bit, but I'm doing this and I know I'll feel better for it.

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