Whittling down the kiddos clothes feels ESSENTIAL at this point. I feel as if my home is bulging at the seams. So to speak. And it seemed like a fine time to get down to some spring cleaning.
As such, I am focusing my efforts on the boys clothes. This past weekend we pulled out every single item from their closets, and spent the day washing any dirty clothes while we laid them out on the living room floor.
Reasons why you might consider limiting clothing to 33 items:
* A good portion of clothing items are stored and never worn.
* With my children, because they are messy, they like to mix the clean (never-worn) clothes in with the soiled ones.
* We end up washing clean clothes often.
* We end up storing more clothes than we have room for.
* Children get easily overwhelmed when there are too many items to manage or keep track of. Limiting the amount of responsibility allows for greater success with their chores.
1 // Gather clothing and use a large open space to sort.
2 // Lay out clothing according to each child: short sleeve, long sleeve, pants, shorts, pajamas, sweaters, & dress clothing (add any other category as you please)
3 // Decide what amount is needed at minimum, using 33 articles of clothing as a limit. Note: I did not include underwear, socks, ties, suspenders etc. If you have girls you may not want to include tights, hair bands, etc.
Here is a list of my 33 items. I kept a category of 5 extra items for wiggle room in the weeding process. That way if I determined that I truly wanted to keep 8 short sleeve shirts instead of 7, I could keep to my 33 item limit.
Once my piles were in place for each child, I began to weed out items that were too small, didn’t fit well, or things they didn’t wear. As loads of laundry were finished, I added them to the pile and whittled it down again. Things that made it through the first round, didn’t necessarily make it through the second, and third. By the time EVERY item was washed I counted out each pile and folded it to put away.
There you go. 33 items. It’s tough, but worth it.
Photo Credits // All : Ann Neslen via Drippingpaintbrush
* Would you try Project 33? If so, tell me, does it seem to work for your family?