1 pair shoes
1 book (ds's sole contribution to the pile.... slowly but surely ;-) )
1 bag noodles given away
=10 more for 1134 total!
Another 30 or so items are leaving the building. I'm so proud of myself even though it's not a large amount. This is stuff that I debated endlessly and I finally feel like I can part with it. I'm trying to let go of heirloom guilt and not being frugal enough guilt. I threw away some very ratty looking birthday stick candles (that were also warped mind you) yet kept, simply because they still had some use in them (another one or two birthdays).
1986 / 2013
10 more to add.
2043 / 2013
I am going to do round two on the clothes cull tomorrow. Three full garbage bags left us today. I hope to have one more garbage bag leaving by the end of tomorrow. I'm going to try an outfit system for each child. Going through some clothes today, I realized that there are dresses/clothing that are so pretty that I've barely seen on any of my DD's simply due to the sheer volume of random clothes they already have and sift through each day. So I thought an outfit system would probably work quite nicely - 12 summer/spring outfits per child (1 dress or 1 matching dress and skirt is equal to one outfit). I would also be keeping a small selection of backyard clothes that they can happily get all muddy in (poly-cotton tracksuit pants and tees), 2 cardigans per child and 4 sets of summer PJ's per child. Winter/autumn clothes will be the same, except it will be 7 outfits per child (pants/long tees), 1 winter jacket, 4 winter PJ's and 1-2 winter outfits for special occasions. I hope it works out well.. I'm confident it will, but only time will tell. Has anyone tried something similar? I think keeping the volume of clothing low will also make me a lot more mindful about future clothes purchases, because I won't be purchasing random clothing anymore (purely because it will fit the child, as opposed to whether or not it makes an outfit).