A couple of things before we get started. Marie (don't you love how we are on a first name basis?!) recommends that you assist kiddos over the age of three. Also, we must respect what brings our kiddos joy. This was a hard one for me! Just because an outfit I purchased for them brings me joy does NOT mean that it brings them joy while wearing it. I don't like to wear clothes that don't bring me joy - I shouldn't make my kids either. And, it goes the other way too. Don't get rid of something that bring your kids joy simply because it doesn't bring you joy.
It's hard. Our kids have more than they need and I am sick of the clutter. I risk sounding hypocritical here but one way I deal with extra "stuff" is by bagging it in a garbage bag and putting in the attic. If the kids don't ask for said items in a month, I donate the whole bag. Worried that you'll forget about the bag in the attic? Just add a reminder in your phone! ;)
And now, a few before/afters of the kiddos' closet transformations!
*TRUTH STATEMENT - Our kids have WAY too much stuff. We know this and have known this but working through this method has exposed this on a grand scale. I don't share this with you to show how much we have but merely to show you how much stuff accumulates if you don't deal with it. I'm sharing in hopes that someone will be encouraged and begin taking back their life from their stuff. We all deserve to be surrounded by only things that we love and bring us joy!
Baby Clothes - I didn't go through these. I have a tub (or two max) for each kiddo with special outfits they
Colby took initiative and started working on his closet. He might have been influenced by the thought of switching from kid hangers to adult hangers. #itsthelittlethings Here's the before pics:
I don't mind as long as he keeps it tidy. Apparently socks bring him lots of joy!
Hope's clothes had the least amount of work to do. Why? 1) We had just cleaned her closet out and 2) she hates anything with "sleeves and legs" so there just isn't much to choose from! :)
Here's her befores:
And now, the afters!
Misc. - There really wasn't anything miscellaneous for us to go through. For fun, I thought I would share side by side results so that you could see how much of a difference a few hours of cleaning out made. (Really just proving to myself that it's worth it to keep going!)
Next week is books. I'm not a big book collector so this should be an easy week! Check back to see how my progress is going with the KonMari method!
Oh, and before you go, don't forget to enter the giveaway we have going on this week! I've joined up with my friends Katy and Shelly for a Hug in a Mug - just in time for Valentine's Day!
Gig 'em and God bless!
Waiting on...Wednesday link-up - a place where you can link up what you are waiting on, going through, making, anything - as long as it's family-friendly! :)