Every year, before school starts, we clean and sort through closets and clothes. This year, I decided to try something new. I told my kids we weren’t going to do it. Well, I wasn’t going to help them do it – we were knee deep in the basement tool room project – and they got the privilege of doing it themselves.
Home Organization Project Week #36
- Weekly. This week’s project: kids’ closets
- Small. This was an easy week. Unlike past years, all I did was tell my kids it was their responsibility now to clean out and sort through their closets. Now that they’re both teenagers, it seemed like a good time to let go of me doing this chore and letting them handle it.
- Clear and clean. I suggested they take everything out of the drawers and closet and then vacuum. I’m not sure that’s what actually happened.
- Get set. My contribution to this process was to put big empty shopping bags with labels: Clothing Center (clothes that could get re-worn and were in good shape), Donation (clothes that were clearly not going to the Clothing Center), and Hand Me Downs (clothes that could go to friends and neighbors who would wear them. My closet sorting was last spring – (find the details of sorting out my entire closet by checking here) – and that was enough for me. Plus, both of my kids are in high school. I don’t need to do the work with them or for them any longer.
- Pack it out. Yes, it all went out the door and hopefully all recipients are happy. My daughter also tried to sell some items but wasn’t super successful.
- Stop buying. Well, mostly, my kids buy all of their own clothes so I have stopped buying – years ago! Seriously, this has worked out very well – and better than I ever thought. They also do their own laundry so the pile of clothing on the floor doesn’t bother me a bit. Well, that’s not true. It bothers me a great deal but I do my best to ignore it.
- Less is more. Less is more – especially if you’re teens take care of your own clothing. My recommendation? Hang everything. When it comes to kids’ clothing, it’s easier for them to see and put away on their own if it goes on a hanger. This was my conclusion after years of folding their clothing. Laundry pushed onto the floor or shoved in a drawer drove me crazy! Save yourself the trouble and have kids hang their clothes. They’re definitely less wrinkled than the pile on the floor!
This project got done and I didn’t have to do it. Was it done to my specifications or how I would have done it? Nope. But, that’s how my kids seem to learn these life skills – without me hovering around or hawking over them.