I have admitted before I am a bit of an over-purger and, truth be told, have been too quick to donate or sell items that later I have wished I would have kept around a bit longer. Even with that being said, a key step in maintaining an organized home is the continuous downsizing of items that are no longer needed or used.
For our general household items, I keep a basket in our entryway closet for items that need to be dropped off at Goodwill. Once the basket is full, I toss it in the car and stop by that big blue truck while I am out running errands.
But the areas of my house that require the most constant purging are my kids' closets. As all parents know, toddlers grow out of clothes in the blink of an eye. I swear, pants that fit perfectly last week are suddenly two inches too short. At least once a week, I put an item of clothing on one of my children only to find that it no longer fits.
Enter the "Too Small/Too Big" baskets:
This is a simple tip, really. Find a couple baskets, slap on some labels, and put them in your child's closet.
Now, the moment you try to squeeze your child into a too tight shirt, instead of shoving it back in the drawer, drop it into your "too small" basket instead. Once the basket is full, take it to consignment or Goodwill.
And speaking of consignment, I often buy clothes a size or two too big so that J&A can grow into them; hence, the "too big" basket to store the clothes until they fit properly.
I would have liked to use clear plastic tubs in the closets so that I could easily see inside, however I had these woven baskets sitting around my house and they fit the shelf perfectly, so that's what we're sticking with for now.
Recognize the baskets? They used to store toys in the entertainment center in our family room:
Big changes are happening in our family room which meant the entertainment center had to go. Yes, gone! I owe you an update on that room; we still have lots of work left to do, but I love the direction it is going.
Anyways, back to the baskets...told you this tip was easy!
What easy tricks do you have for managing continuous downsizing in your home?
(And thanks goes to Tonya Staab over Create Celebrate Explore for the inspiration!)
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