I am "stuck" at the computer chair today. Stuck because Naomi is needing to nurse every 5 minutes (it seems). The computer chair is the best place as Marah cannot bounce on me or climb on Nomy while I nurse her (the couch is seriously a dangerous place to nurse). lol I think teeth are coming, I know for sure one molar is half way through but have not checked to see if there are any more making an entrance. I feel rather computered out today so here I am to ramble as I just do not think I can do any more Facebook, MDC, or just random wandering online today. Is it possible to be internetted out? :)
Following the lead of a friend we decided to seriously declutter the clothing. We are a 6 person household. Two of those are children under 3 who I swear need several changes of clothing per day. One of which is a boy who also needs to change at least his shirt once or twice per day. The other is an 8 year old girl who while she does not "need" to change her clothes several times a day does it anyway just because. Combine that with a Dad who has something of a clothes (and shoes) fettish (not really but it seems like it sometimes), needs work clothes and play clothes. Then there's me with 4 different sizes of clothing from pre pregnancy to post pregnancy and all the in betweens. Lets just say the laundry pile was immense!
I started a while ago getting a handle on all the hand me downs. Having three girls we are saving everything that could be worn again. At first we started with one large (HUGE) plastic tote that I put all the hand me downs in. The problem with this was I could never find the sizes I wanted without taking everything out and looking through the tags. So what would happen is I would miss whole piles of that size and we would buy/make what we thought we needed only to find them later on adding even more clothing to the closet. So problem solved. I turned the large rubbermaid into my fabric tote and turned 5 smaller ones into clothes storage. They are divided by size and labeled! Oh so much nicer than digging.
Recently we sorted all of the clothes and took out the holey and unwearable. Then I sorted into smaller piles of what each kid wears, what are their favorites, etc. These clothes go in the closet or dressers. What is left is either being donated or going into a small container to wait for the current clothes to wear out and then will be replaced with the semi new! So far I have bagged up 5 (paper bag size) bags of clothes to get rid of, 1 bag of trash, 1 bag of hand me downs for sorting into the containers, and 1 bag of outgrown clothes to make the younger two girls keepsake quilts with when they are older. I have all ready made Maddy and Michael's quilts but that is an entirely different topic. I still need Joe to sort his clothes and there may be even more gone by then! I am really enjoying the neat and tidy look of the closets and the ease (so far) of getting the laundry done.
We shall see how this works and if I continue to weed out more or keep it as is. I think more weeding is to be had but time shall tell.