Declutter childrens’ clothing – the Whisk Method

The Whisk Method takes place in the Laundry Room where no Child ventures. This is where you remove an item from general use because children generally forget something exists when it’s in Laundry Land.

downsizing children's wardrobes because they wear 20% of their clothes 80% of the time

downsizing children’s wardrobes because they wear 20% of their clothes 80% of the time

You need to be discreetly hyper vigilant in observing their clothes. Watch the legs to see if ankles are starting to show meaning the pants are too small and will be whisked out of circulation the next time they go through the laundry. Watch for shirts getting snug or belly buttons showing and whisk out. Same whisk if the article is torn or worn out. Sometimes you can fix it, sometimes it’s just finished.

If a shirt or pant is too tight, I’ll hear about it as soon as they try to put it on and whine in frustration. Then whisk it away while they put on something else.

Identify the things the child will need, for instance; Daughter- new swim suit, Both- skates. Write it down and buy on sale in the coming months.

Lift up each item of clothing for their inspection and ask “Do you like this?” Sometimes they’ll answer “Yes” or “No” decisively and you can get a better idea of what they like and don’t like.

Spring and Fall
Focus your decluttering twice a year. Do it in the Spring and Fall and if you time it right, you can get the clothes you need at a huge discount.

Constant Wearing
Occasionally I pull a piece of clothing from their lot because they’re constantly wearing it and I want to see if they’ll wear something else. Repeat until you’ve identified what they like and don’t like.

If you find out a “favourite” doesn’t fit as they’re putting it on, squeeze it on one last time then snatch it out of the wash.

Disposal of clothing

1-donate to thrift store
2-mail to niece/nephew
3-put in fabric box for sewing projects
4-if it’s a particularly unique piece that I strongly identify with that child, I’ll put it in my special box, to reminisce about later when they’re annoying teenagers.
6-trash can


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