For the next month, we’ll be spring cleaning the easy way with our Spring Cleaning Made Easy series! The goal is to get the whole house clean — one mini task at a time — without having to set aside a whole week, or even a whole day, to clean.
I used to enjoy this task, but with four little girls, it’s now become one of the most overwhelming, and I’ll admit I dread it a bit these days. But it’s also the one that there’s no avoiding, so today we’re diving in to rotate the kids’ wardrobe!
For more details about how I approach this task, be sure to read the ultimate guide to rotating wardrobes and see our process in action, but if you’re looking for the quick version, here’s the process:
1. Pull out and sort last season’s clothes. To start, empty your drawers and closets and create four piles: storage, trash/repurpose, charity and transitional clothes that you’ll keep out for off-season days. Sorting the clothes as you pull them out of the closet and dresser means that you won’t have to go back through and sort them again later. You could always wait until next season to decide what to keep and what to give/throw away, but think how much easier it will be next year if you do it now!
2. Pull out the totes or storage bins with all of the seasonal clothes in the appropriate size for each person. Sort through the clothes in the bins, keeping your checklist of items in mind as you decide which to pull out, which to put back in storage and which to give away.
3. Make a list of additional items you need to complete outfits and round out the wardrobe. Making this list while you’re looking at all of the clothes for the season means you’re more likely to remember to add a white shirt that goes with a specific pair of pants rather than another pink shirt that you don’t really need. Trying to do it from memory will inevitably lead to doubles and missed items.
4. Make an inventory list and pack away the clothes that you’ll be keeping in storage for another season. Make a quick list of what you do have — i.e. shorts (3), t-shirts (5) — doesn’t take long and may be helpful when it’s time to rotate the clothes again, but even more helpful is a list of the items you need so you know what to watch for throughout the year.
I don’t always get this one done in a single day, but that’s what catch-up days are for, right?
Track your progress this month with the Spring Cleaning Made Easy checklist, which comes in two versions — one with dates to coincide with the live series and one with generic labels so you can do it on your own at another time. Click here to download or print your copy!
Want to get started on tomorrow’s tasks? We’ll be moving on to the toys (but don’t worry; we’ve set aside two days for this task!).
How do you rotate your kids’ clothing? Is it a task you enjoy or dread?