Decluttering is one of my personal New Year's Resolutions and because more than a month of 2013 is behind us, I should be able to report some progress. Well, it's been slow. However, I do have some encouraging news to report. Two recent situations resulted in some significant progress in the kids' rooms.
First, Mackenzie announced she no longer has anything to wear. While most mothers have heard this cry from their 9 year old, in this case, it's true. I have a very hard time keeping Mackenzie in clothes. She is somewhat hard to fit, so clothes shopping is not pleasant. In addition, when I buy her items, she decides after she has worn it once that "it doesn't fit," "it's too long" "it's too short" "it's itchy" or "I don't like it". ACK! It is a huge disincentive to shopping. You can read more about how we addressed that in my recent post "What Not to Wear". Despite the fact she had nothing to wear, her drawers were overflowing with clothes.
At the same time, I have a friend who called to see if Christian had some clothes he could "hand down." Yes! Christian is exactly the opposite of Mackenzie. She fluctuates in size about twice a year, while he hasn't grown much in 2 years. That has been changing for him in the last year or so as he is getting taller. Now, it seems like the pants/jeans I bought a couple of months ago are ready for the flood. Shirts, however, stick around a LONG time. So, it was time for a closet clean out for both of them.
I would like to say I used the opportunity to provide my children with an educational experience in purging, but I'm just not that patient, especially because there was some urgency attached with both rooms. Also, my kids are natural pack rats (I have no idea where that came from - seriously). So I pulled out some trash bags and went to work.
It took three full trash bags in each room, but I am happy to say they are decluttered and ready for some new clothes. I didn't take a picture of the "before" because I needed to get it done, but you can see what it looks like when the only clothes that remain are the ones that fit, you like and are not ruined.
This experiences reminds me once again the same lesson I learn every time I declutter - you can't be sentimental or unrealistic ("I know I will use that sometime.") If you can't or won't use it now, get rid of it. Space in your home is valuable and you deserve to live in a clean and orderly space. I think I'm going to stitch that saying and hang it on the wall.
One baby step at a time . . .