Has anyone besides me been fed up with kids clothes on the floor, mysteriously-vanishing kids clothing, laundry piles to the ceiling, and the battle to keep everything folded and put away? Then you are ready to follow along as we declutter kids clothing this week. I’m going to try to keep this short and sweet. I want to give you less time reading, and more time to work on your packing parties!
If you’re not sure what a packing party is, or haven’t been following along with the series, you may want to start with the first post here. It will explain the packing party concept (which is the key to decluttering your home FAST), and also help you set some guidelines and find motivation to declutter your home.
Today we are going through the kids’ bedroom, which is a small shared bedroom in our house, and packing up EVERYTHING that we won’t need in the next week and their small capsule wardrobes. Our girls’ bedroom does not contain any toys, except a couple stuffed animals they keep on their beds. Because of this, the clutter is much easier to control! (In case you missed the last post a couple days ago, you can see the girls’ playroom here).
I also want to show you what the kids drawers after decluttering, and I’ll share the pictures of my older daughter’s capsule wardrobe that we put together recently!
Make sure to get the FREEBIES in this post:
- The Capsule Wardrobe Cheat Sheet for going through your child’s clothes and planning their wardrobe.
- The Minimalism Motivation Workbook that goes with this series is free at the bottom of this post!
What we Packed
The kids’ clothing is another area we have worked on a LOT over the past few years, but I am still surprised by the amount of stuff I packed up this week. This is what we packed (the items in the first photo were washed and were drying in the picture before I packed them away):
If your pile is larger than this, don’t fret, because we have probably gotten rid of at least 3-4 times this much kids’ clothing in the past few years!
Decluttering has been a has been a long, drawn-out process for us. I am so thankful to be where we are now, and to have found a quick way to finish out the rest. And if you do all your decluttering at once with a packing party (or at least get through a lot of it), maybe it can save you from some of the time all the clutter has sucked away from my life!
What We Kept
The most dramatic difference in the girls’ room was in their closet – isn’t that where we stash all the things we probably really don’t need?
I have an absolutely disgusting before photo to show you, because FIBERGLASS INSULATION rained down from the attic access while we were having some work done in our house last week! So we had to pull out EVERYTHING and wash it and clean anyway. It was a pain, but it actually made it incredibly easy to put back just what we wanted and pack up the rest.
Here is the before, with insulation everywhere…
And the after! (My girls are really into dressy dresses, so I let them each keep four – the baby dresses are in there too):
Ignore the gaping hole at the bottom of the closet – it will be fixed soon! The wooden crate in the bottom of the closet is where the girls can toss clothes that are too small that need to be packed up downstairs or donated.
We really didn’t take much out of my older two girls drawers, but here is the exact list of what we decided to keep for each of their capsule wardrobes (for a 6-year-old and 8-year-old girl):
- 4 everyday dresses (in addition to the more dressy ones in the closet)
- 4 shirts
- 5 pairs of shorts or capris
- 5 pairs of pants
- 2 sweatshirts or sweaters
- 2 swimsuits
- 2 leotards for gymnastics
- swim coverup
- gymnastics shorts
- 3 pairs pajamas with shorts
- 5 pairs pajamas with pants
- 1 pair rain boots
- 1 pair sandals
- 1 pair tennis shoes
- 1 pair dress shoes
- socks + underwear (didn’t count)
We recently purchased some clothes for my older daughter, Madelyn, since she has outgrown a lot of things. I bought several of the items during a sale at Hanna Andersson, and tried to keep things coordinated, so she can mix and match a little. Here is her new capsule wardrobe, which should last through this year, with the addition of a couple long-sleeved tops in winter. These are ALL of her clothes, minus the four special occasion dresses in the closet:
If you need to buy clothes and want to switch over to a capsule wardrobe for your kids, here are my easy steps to make things simpler (and more cost effective).
Download this handy and free Capsule Wardrobe Cheat Sheet, and then follow the directions below:
- Start with what you have. Take a look at any of your child’s clothes that fit. Are there similar colors? Which items are the favorites? Which items are the best quality and most durable? See if you can start forming outfits with those. Record the number of items you have to start with on your cheat sheet!
- Pick your colors. With your child’s input, pick a two to three colors to stick to for the capsule wardrobe. You can always add in some neutrals too (black or navy, gray, white, and tan). This will make it easier to make more outfits with a smaller number of items. Record these colors at the top of the cheat sheet, so you remember when you go to the store, or when family members ask about clothing for gifts.
- Record how many of each item you still need to complete your wardrobe! This area is left blank on the cheat sheet, so you can decide for yourself depending on the age of your children, climate where you live, and activities they are involved in, but 5-8 of each item is a good place to start.
- Optional: start out at a thrift store or mom to mom sale. Find as many of the items as you can there, in coordinating colors. Bring your cheat sheet along to make shopping easy.
- Order or buy the rest of what you need at a store that carries the types of clothing your child likes and needs. Look online for coupons or sales, and head to the store to finish up your shopping (with your list, of course).
A Note about Hanna Andersson
If you haven’t checked out Hanna Andersson clothing, I need to tell you why we shop there. The clothes are more expensive than what I used to buy, but I still consider it very frugal, because of the great quality.
Last time I was in the store, I found out you can return their clothes FOREVER if you are not happy with them. I was telling the salesperson that I love the quality there; all three of my girls can wear the clothing we buy there, and it still looks great. Then the salesperson told me if something wears out, even after all three of my girls have all worn it, I can bring it back, and get my money back! They call it their “Unconditional Guarantee.”
I knew their clothes were great, but that really sold me. Since we have reduced the amount of clothes we have, they get washed many more times. It increases the value of something SO much if I know I don’t have to worry about it wearing out!
In case you need one more reason to love them, all of the pajamas are organic cotton, and most items are OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certified:
The End Result in the Girls’ Room
I am amazed at how clean the room looks with the closet and drawers organized. (Bonus, my kids made their beds, because I told them I was taking pictures).
Here are the pictures of the room:
The tall dresser is for baby items and clothing, which I will be sharing when we go through the master bedroom next week. The baby still shares a room with my husband and me for now, so she has some items in both rooms, and I want to cover it all at once.
Finally, here are the pictures of my two older daughters’ drawers. First the six-year-old:
And, the eight-year-old:
I hope this gives you some inspiration to keep going on your own decluttering and packing parties (or get started if you haven’t yet)! Please let me know if you have questions. You can email me firstname.lastname@example.org or comment on the post. I’d LOVE to help you get started.
P.S. If you haven’t downloaded the Minimalism Motivation Workbook yet, make sure you get it at the bottom of this post. It will really help you dig deep and find the motivation to declutter your home!
Also, here are the previous posts in this series, in case you want to check them out:
- Decluttering and Minimalism for Families: It Doesn’t Have to be so Hard (Post #1)
- Packing Party in the Kitchen! Decluttering and Minimalism for Families (Post #2)
- Stop Toy Clutter for Good | Decluttering and Minimalism for Families (Post #3)
And here are the next posts:
- Minimizing our Master Bedroom + Toddler Items | Decluttering and Minimalism for Families (Post #5)
- Your Questions About the Packing Party | Decluttering and Minimalism for Families (Post #6)
- Finding “Hygge” and Decluttering the Living Room | Decluttering and Minimalism for Families (Post #7)
- Decluttering the Books! | Decluttering and Minimalism for Families (Post #8)
- 14 Alternatives to DVDs, CDs, and Media Clutter! | Decluttering and Minimalism for Families (Post #9)
- The Art of Letting Go | Minimalism and Decluttering for Families (Post #10)