Twice a year, I go into total purge mode. I get rid of things that don’t belong in our home anymore. My focus right now is on clothes.
My daughter and husband are the biggest culprits when it comes to clothes. Lexi has at least 4 tall hamper worth of clothing and Eric has a
hoard collection of t-shirts. The sheer number of socks that they own is astonishing as well.
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This purge has been a lot of hard work since Eric gets a new t-shirt every month with our 1Up box subscription and Lexi shopping a lot. It has also been calming because now I have less stress inducing laundry. At least until they bring more clothes in or when Gavin becomes a teenager…I shudder at the thought!
Today, I want to share with you how we organize our clothes for the purge, I hope it helps you clear the closet clutter too! Here is our purging method:
- Being caught up on laundry makes the purge easier. While I realize that being fully caught up is but a dream for most families, you can make sure the only dirty clothes are definite keepers. This prevents mixing clean and dirty laundry.
- Gather supplies
- Have family members bring ALL clothing from closets and drawers to your sorting area. I chose my bed because it’s huge and you can choose to do one family member at a time like I usually do.
- Designate the hampers as follows:
- Keep-Always keep items that loved and useful or needed My kid’s uniforms and my husbands work shirts are perfect examples of keep items.
- Store-Examples of items to store include; seasonal clothing, hand me downs for younger siblings or items that have sentimental value. Gavin doesn’t inherit Lexi’s clothes and since we live in Arizona and the seasons don’t change a whole lot, we rarely put things in there. Mostly it is items such as souvenir tees.
- Donate-Other people will be wearing these items and should be in good condition. Ask yourself, would you give this to a friend? If they are in poor shape, think about using them for other purposes such as cleaning rags or even turning them into another clothing item or accessory with a little DIY. A perfect example would be turning an old t-shirt into a tote bag.
- Toss-If an item is not worthy of keeping or giving to someone else, just throw it away. Ratty, tatty, stained and otherwise unwearable items go here. Although some people do donate undergarments, I personally do not and yes that includes bras since they lose their elasticity over time and become useless. I have donated a few in the past because I ordered the wrong sizes and never wore them.
- Start sorting through the clothes with their owners. Each item must be tried on and the kids must justify why it should be kept.
- Each member is responsible for putting their own clothes away after the sorting. Then it is time to pack up the rest. Separate the donate and store items the make it easier for you and the organization that you donate to. I throw everything into Hefty Ultra Strong trash bags and then label them with a Sharpie marker.
At the end of the day, exhaustion kicks in and I am unable to take care of the bags, they usually sit around for a couple of days until I get around to taking care of them. The NEW Hefty commercials with my favorite WWE Wrestler, John Cena has me wishing that he was here to help. Okay fine, I admit it, I just want him to flex those pecs for me!