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Tips For How To Declutter Kids Clothes {Plus Questions To Ask In The Process}

Here are tips for how to declutter kids clothes, including criteria to consider and questions to ask during the decluttering process.

Here are tips for how to declutter kids clothes, including questions to ask during the decluttering process {on Home Storage Solutions 101}use this Pin it button to save to Pinterest

Today's mission is to declutter additional kids clothes, wherever they may be. But really this mission is a culmination of quite a few missions we've had in the Declutter 365 calendar where we've been decluttering clothes for kids, and so today is meant to act as a catch up day for additional clothes you may have that you haven't dealt with yet.

The mission is designed to be done while working through the Organizing Kids Closets Challenge, and the Kids Bedroom Organizing Challenge here on the site, which are both part of the 52 Week Organized Home Challenges.

It also follows up missions to declutter various areas in the closet and bedroom where you most likely keep kids clothes, including:

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Make Sure Your Kids Help Declutter If They Can

As always, when we work on decluttering anything that is not our own, it's important, whenever possible, to get the person involved whose stuff is being decluttered.

This is just as important for kids as it is for adults, because no one wants their stuff decluttered without their input and approval, and that includes kids.

The obvious exception to this is when your kids are too young to help with the decluttering process, such as if they're babies. However, even older toddlers can provide some input, and the older the child is the more they need to participate in the process.

This is true, practically, because they'll most likely need to try some things on, but in addition, only they know what clothes they like, or what they don't, or what feels uncomfortable or is scratchy or whatever else that will inform the choices you make.

Further, making decisions together will keep kids from feeling like their things were taken away from them without warning, or without their input, which could make them, in the future, less likely to part with any types of clutter.

Finally, involving kids in the process also helps them learn a good life lesson about how the process of decluttering works, and the positive results it can have, so that they're prepared to do this for themselves, in their own homes, when they're adults and out on their own.

Benefits Of Decluttering Excess Kids Clothes

Once you've decluttered your kids excess clothes you and they will see the benefits.

Getting ready in the morning will get easier and more streamlined, you or they won't have to wade through lots of stained, worn out, or too small clothing for them to find something appropriate to wear, and both doing laundry and putting it away afterward will be easier.

In other words, doing this mission will allow you to feel a sense of relief.

That's exactly how a reader, Malinda, felt when she got rid of some of her excess kids' clothes, as shown in the image she sent in above, with several bags full of clothes. She stated, "Did the kids' cupboards and drawers this morning, wow that feels so good. We have way too many clothes, this is all being donated."

You can check out my article about even more reasons that getting rid of clothing clutter is awesome here, if you want more motivation to begin this task.

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This photo above was provided by a reader, Tara, who said of the photo, "Pile of purged clothes to be sorted into groups for swap pages."

Questions To Ask During The Decluttering Process

Remember to always do small chunks of decluttering at a time, so neither you nor your child get exhausted and overwhelmed by the process.

You can, for example, work in 15 minute increments, or focus on just one drawer or one shelf, or one rod of hanging clothes at a time, to make the task more manageable.

You can also focus on just one type of clothing at a time, such as all the shirts, then all the pants and shorts, etc. Whatever method works best for you! (You can see a list of all the decluttering missions for types of clothes here, in the Organize Closet Challenge article.)

Once you begin the decluttering process you'll be examining each item of clothing, and you and your child, together, need to decide whether you'll keep that item of clothing, or not. To help you make your decisions here are some criteria to consider, and questions to ask of yourself or answer together:

  • Do you like or love it? What about your child's feelings on this article of clothing?
  • Is it something your child always avoids wearing, or doesn't want to wear, because of a strange material, or color, or whatever else reason?
  • Does it still fit? (Or is it too small, or too big?)
  • Is it worn out, or have stains?
  • Is it the wrong or the right season to wear this item? (For example, is the winter coat going to still fit when it's actually winter time?)
  • Is there any coordinating parts for this article of clothing, like a shirt that matches a pair of shorts, for example, that would make you need to either keep both or get rid of both items together?
  • How many of that category of clothing do you want to keep? Such as, how many t-shirts should you have, or shorts, dresses, etc.? If you decide to keep seven t-shirts that your child can play in, for example, choose the favorite seven and then get rid of the rest.
  • Can we fit all of these clothes into the clothing storage space we've got, such as into dressers or the closet, without it feeling crammed? Keep getting rid of things until everything you are keeping fits easily into the drawers or closet, or work on decluttering more storage space until what you've got does fit easily.
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If you'd like even more questions to help you declutter any type of clothing, including clothes for adults, you can check out this article with 9 questions to ask when you declutter clothes.

9 questions to ask when you declutter clothes

Below are some photos from readers who've already done this mission, and gathered up kids clothes they're going to declutter from their home. The top photo of this collage is from Kelly, who slowly gathered these items from her child's closet and she or her child noticed an item was too small. That's using the strategy of the "too small container" that I discussed in more depth in this article, to make decluttering easier.

Further, the bottom photo in the collage below is from another reader, Sarah, who already knew where these decluttered outgrown clothes would go, to a relative who is a year and a half younger than her child, and could therefore use the clothes soon.

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A Word About Clothes You're Saving As Hand Me Downs

When you're decluttering kids clothes I want you to pull out of their closets and drawers items that are too small for your child to wear, currently. Those types of things should not be taking up space with the clothing that they can still wear, because it makes it confusing what is actually available to be worn right now for your child.

Just because it's too small for one child though doesn't mean you can't use it in the future. After all, it may fit a younger sibling.

If you're saving clothes as hand me downs make sure you have a different and separate space, away from your child's current clothing, in which to save those hand me downs.

You can get more tips for hand me down kids clothes storage ideas and organizing tips here.

Hand me down kids clothes storage ideas and organizing tips

It's Not Completely Decluttered Until It Leaves Your Home

Nothing is fully and completely decluttered until it leaves your home, so make sure those decluttered kids clothes are donated, sold or otherwise disposed of to make the job complete {on Home Storage Solutions 101} #Declutter #Decluttering #ClutterControluse this Pin it button to save to Pinterest

Once you've decided which kids clothes you're not keeping anymore you're not really done decluttering them until they leave your home.

You can bag them up and take them to be donated, or sell them through consignment or in an Internet based buy/sell group, or give them to a friend or family member with a smaller child who could use them, but until they're out of your home the job is not complete!

Above you can see several more pictures from readers who bagged up their kids clothes clutter, to get rid of it. The left hand photo in the collage was provided by Eleanor who said, "Outgrown kids clothes ready to be taken to charity!" Then, the top right photo was provided by Alethea, and the bottom right photo was provided by Nikki, who said, "With my husband's help, we purged his and the kid's clothes."

I know you'll be tired when you've sorted through all your children's clothes, but doing those last few steps to drop stuff off at the donation shop, or list the items for sale, will help you complete the project and help you breathe a sigh of relief.

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Declutter 365 missions: 15 minute missions for your entire home

Once you declutter one type of item in your home I bet you'll want to declutter some more. After all, decluttering gives you a great reward for even a small investment of time and energy.

The Declutter 365 system is designed to help you declutter, over the course of a year, your entire house, with just 15 minutes of decluttering each day!

Hundreds of thousands of people use this proven system to get rid of their clutter, and bring peace and calm back to their homes.

Declutter 365 works to guide you to clear the clutter without overwhelm, focusing on just one small area at a time, and without making a huge mess in the process, so you see consistent forward progress without all that "messy middle" that makes it even harder to function in your home than before you started.

In addition to building a daily decluttering habit, the Declutter 365 program, along with the accompanying 52 Week Organized Home Challenge, teaches you the skills, habits, routines, and mindsets necessary to maintain the clutter free and organized state of your home from now on, so it'll never be as messy and cluttered as it is right now, ever again.

If you haven't already, make sure to get your copy of this year's Declutter 365 annual calendar here (it's FREE!), find today's date, and do 15 minutes of decluttering on the day's mission. Then, repeat again tomorrow, and again and again. Over the course of the next year, if you do this 15 minutes per day, you'll declutter your whole house!

Click here to take me to this year's Declutter 365 calendar

In addition, here's a round up of all the Declutter 365 missions on the site for decluttering clothes of all kinds.

How to declutter your wardrobe of excess clothes

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