The other day I walked into a clients and she was nearly in tears. It turns out she was having “Stuff” meltdown. She was utterly frustrated with her 3 kids and their stuff, their messy rooms and their over-bulging closets and drawers filled with way more clothes than needed. Sadly mom was beating herself up, she kept saying “this is my fault, I let them have all these things and I don’t have the time and energy to manage it all!”. No, No, No I told her!
I’m thrilled to be working with a mom who is learning, modeling and trying to teach her kids how to manage the stuff overload. This is not just a problem for mom’s or kids, it’s something we all are dealing with to some degree or another. So much stuff so little time!
Here’s what we did…She had a plan for us while the kids were in school. We sorted, purged and organized those kids rooms and left them with a wardrobe to “Shop” from. The process wasn’t that different than any other where we sorted donations from trash from keep. The main thing we did differently is created a base wardrobe for the kids to look through and purge further. We counted how many of each category of clothing they had and established some guidelines for what seemed reasonable for them to pick their favorites from. These kids go to a private school and wear uniforms but they are also very involved in sports and have a lot of gear. Here is a general idea of what categories we found and how many of each seemed appropriate, some of these might be differ for your kids:
- Pants, shorts and jeans-5-10 per season
- Skirts and dresses-5-10
- Shirts (not tee-shirts)-10-15
- Tee Shirts-10-15
- Sweatshirts and Long sleeve tees-5-10
- Undergarmets-7-14 (her youngest daughter had over 50 underware!)
- Sports gear (yoga pants/tanks/athletic shorts)-5-10
- Bathing suits-5-10 (Not 23!-she had to reduce this category by half!)
23 Bathing Suit tops & 16 bottoms-mismatched style
These guidelines should help you with the basic categories, if you think it’s still too much then whittle it down further. We decided less is more for them and kept the numbers lower because kids grow quickly and they will need things replaced more frequently.
Here are the before and after photo’s of both girls rooms (we will finish her son’s next week).
Kids Closets-Before & After
You might also want to check out this post about kids “Capsule” wardrobes.