Whether you’re male, female, senior citizen, child, or newborn the best place to start your minimalist journey is through your closet. You would be absolutely shocked to see how many newborn baby clothes parents buy that will only last a month before the baby outgrows them. I remember watching a video that my cousin posted displaying all of her organized baby clothes. These were either gifted at the baby shower or bought herself. There were PILES of socks, bonnets, and onesies. And of all of these items, I bet that she will get to dress her baby in a mere 10 independent outfits before they are all too small to wear.
So let’s start our closet tips with the spunkiest group in the household: children. Parents, this should honestly be the easiest category of closet decluttering for you because most kids are 100% alright with wearing the same outfit every single day for the rest of their lives. They don’t care one bit. All small children want is something comfortable to wear and to get dirty. When you plan your child’s wardrobe think about it from a weekly perspective. In one week, your child will need, at most, seven outfits. That means that any more than seven shirts, seven pants, seven shorts, and seven dresses are absolutely unnecessary. I call this the Seven x Seven rule.
The second ‘seven’ concerns planning a wardrobe for special events. Because, even though 90% of the year will be spent in casual attire, you still must have outfits for the special occasions. While this might get more complicated for adults, there is practically no event where a child needs more than his Sunday best. I recommend this not be seven SEPARATE outfits for each child, but instead a handful of articles that can be mixed and matched to produce seven unique outfits.
You have the rule. Here are the steps to get started:
1.Observe and take notes
Watch your kids style for 2 weeks. What do they wear? Make note of the clothes they want to wear almost every day versus the clothes in the closet that they didn’t touch for the full two weeks. If your child doesn’t touch it you need to make special note of it because these are the clothes that should be given away.
2. Involve your kids
After making your own observations, invite your children to be a decision maker in this closet purging process. It’s so important that your kids feel included. This could either be a happy, bonding experience where your child learns more about his/her preferences OR it could be “Daddy is mean and threw away all of my clothes.” You choose the framing of this experience.
3. Have a plan for the clothes
Know where these unnecessary clothes are going to go. I’m always encouraging purging through donation. There are so many kids in the world who can barely clothe themselves. There is so much waste and not enough recycling of our resources. Also, it helps set a positive mood to the purge day. Instead of “throwing away” your treasured items you’re sharing your life with a stranger. Your child’s clothes will end up in the hands of a child who needs it instead of sitting in a closet.
4. Play music and have fun!!
You’re about to rid yourselves of POUNDS of baggage and stress. This isn’t a boring chore; it’s a time to celebrate and look forward to the amazing future closet plans.