So You Can Start The New Year Clutter-Free!
It’s that time again when everyone is thinking about doing a closet cleanout to start the new year.
It’s a job that many of us put on the ‘too hard’ list, and with good reason, but I have some simple steps that will have you clutter-free in no time!
With Christmas gifts being squeezed into overcrowded closets and a new school or kinder year starting soon, you’ll be glad to get some much needed space back in the house.
Plus, you can start the new year with a renewed sense of calm – and let’s be honest – that’s something we are all striving for!
If you’re up for it, you could even get your little ones involved in the cleanout. However if you do, I would allow for a bit more time and a lot more mess of course!
You can also sell your second hand kids clothes for some extra cash to give your purse a boost too!
So let’s get to it! Here are our 5 simple steps for a clutter-free closet:
Find some free time, and choose some good music. It’s worth giving yourself at least an hour or two for each room. You’ll need it!
Make sure you have some space to put the clothes and toys.
Empty the closet and drawers completely. It’s much easier to sort through your stuff this way. Plus it gives you a chance to wipe it all down or give it a quick vacuum.
Here comes the fun part!
Sort through the clothing, as quickly as you can.
You might find you’ll need to create a number of piles to sort the clothes into such as keep, repurpose, donate, sell, hand down, keep for another sibling, needs a good wash and the inevitable – I can’t bear to part with (they were soooo teeny tiny) items!
There might be some clothes that still fit that you find your child doesn’t like or wear, you can pack these away or decide to give them a new life by selling them to someone who’d love them!
If you are also doing a cleanout of toys, consider what ones are still used, or what have been outgrown and do the same as above.
Of the items you are going to keep, group them together so it’s easier to put them away, such as long sleeves, shorts, socks and underwear etc. You’ll also be grateful you’ve done this when you are trying to get your little one dressed and out the door on time in the busy morning rush!
Hang, fold and put away your items. Hang as many items as possible so it’s easier to find them and it frees up lots of space too!
Now, with the items you have remaining, it’s worth having a good look through to check for stains, rips or other imperfections.
There may be some stuff in there that is a bit worn but still in great condition that you would like to hand down to a friend or donate to a good cause.
For the items that are a bit worse for wear, think about how you can repurpose them instead of sending them straight to the bin – you could even check out Pinterest for some ideas on how to give them a creative new life!
For the items that are still in excellent condition, set aside to wash and get ready to sell!
Selling your second hand kids clothes on Jumping Jack gives you the option of selling for cash, or you can also sell some (or all) of your sales for one of our charity partners to share the goodwill further.
You’re all done! How simple is that!
Now you are clutter-free and ready for 2020!
Do you have any tips on doing a closet cleanout? Share them below, we’re always on the look-out for handy hints!