Twice a year, I switch out the kids' clothes so they just have one season's clothes in their drawers.
Someone on Facebook asked me why I did this since I live in a mild climate, and for a few minutes I was wondering why I did it too! It is definitely one of my most dreaded chores since I have 8 children, but I came up with a couple of good reasons:
- Each child does not have his or her own dresser, so space is at a premium.
- I try to limit clothing for each child to 5 pairs of pants, 7 tops, and 4 dresses. Since this is the case, we do not want to waste choices on out of season items.
Here's how I do it:
- Wash all dirty clothes. (This is a MAJOR undertaking since my kids like to wear clothes.)
- One child at a time, remove all clothes from dresser.
- Sort into 1) trash bag - if worn or stained or 2) labeled plastic tub for storing. Since we have 7 girls, we don't give much away. It is worn until it cannot be useful any longer, so no need for a "donate" box.
- Get out new season's clothes and help child pick 5 pants, 7 tops, and 4 dresses.
- Have child try on clothes if size is questionable.
- Repeat with 7 more children. (Is it any wonder I'm tired???)
I use clear, plastic tubs like the one pictured above so I can slip a piece of printer paper in the side with the size written on it. I keep a tub for each size, each season. If we end up with too many clothes to go in the tubs, I know it's time to donate some. These tubs are kept stacked in the garage.