sorting children’s clothes
Sorting children’s clothes is one of the most time-consuming tasks in the home. I usually do it seasonally, working up to it as it takes significant time and energy. Put simply, I’ve got to be in the mood. A certain level of ruthlessness is also required as it’s far too easy to get bogged down in nostalgia and letting go is subsequently impossible.
A few weeks ago I went through the big plastic box of size 000 to size 1 clothes and pulled out everything that would be suitable for the next six to twelve months. It was a job well done but on the flipside, Percy has already outgrown a collection of teeny tiny clothes; I’m pulling clothes out of boxes and replacing them with smaller versions. It’s a cyclical chore and in keeping with my desire for a minimalist wardrobe, I figured it was time to embark on a new sorting system. I’ve embraced a “clean as you go” mentality; eradicating the need for a mammoth sorting session.
At the bottom of the wardrobe (Percy and I share) I placed a plastic tub with a lid and a small cheesecloth bag of lavender (to ward away bugs). Every time I try to squeeze Percy into an item that no longer fits I place it in the tub. Day by day the tub fills up and when it’s brimming I’ll move it to the top of the wardrobe to be stored for the next baby.
I’ve done the same in Che and Poet’s wardrobe; a box for hand-me-downs and a bag for the op-shop.
Do you love or loathe sorting through the wardrobes?