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We have SO MANY CLOTHES. My kitchen, my linens, our toys, and most everything else is relatively decluttered (books and DH's papers from college notwithstanding). But I feel like we're drowning in clothes. In our master bedroom, we've got a large chest of drawers and a large dresser full of clothes. Dh has the chest and he's overflowing into my dresser. He's reluctant to part with anything (why, holey jeans make work pants...but he's got a gazillion pairs!), so I have to get sneaky, which I hate doing.<br><br>
Me, I have a lot, but not as much as him. Mostly t-shirts that I have thrifted. I've picked up quite a few things at the thrift store lately for my bottom half and now I've got more than I'm comfortable with. So I need to purge, but I struggle to part with stuff.<br><br>
My 19-month old daughter is the worse...she's been gifted so many nice hand-me-downs. Granted, not all of it I like (Baby Guess stuff with sequins and whatnot), but I guess because of the brand I have a hard time parting with them. She's got an insane amount of stuff right now and I figure I'd like to cut at least half of her clothes out. How many dresses and outfits does a toddler need?<br><br>
Any words of wisdom? I've seen some mamas with really paired down clothing storage for the whole family, so I know they're getting by on much less than us. Do you have a uniform? Do you set limits on how many of this or that you can have?<br><br>
I've searched the archives and have gleaned some good info, but am just looking for some inspiration from those of you who have paired down your family's clothes so that laundry day isn't so dreadful. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 

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Something I've done, and have seen others do, is that you pare down what clothing you have to fit the storage space (dressers, closets) you have.<br><br>
For kids it gets a little trickier, because you often have larger size clothes you want the kids to be able to grow into, or outgrown clothes to save for a younger sibling.<br><br>
After going through your dressers/closets and paring down what doesn't fit (for the adults) or what you don't love, perhaps you might keep one storage tub for each person with out-of-season clothes or larger sized clothes for your daughter.<br><br>
I'm single without kids (although I do hope to have them or adopt), but what I've done for myself is that I have a week's worth of work/church clothes, with a few more casual items and extra shirts. I HAVE to go the laundromat each week, and I do two loads of clothes - one lights, one darks, plus towels/sheets as needed.<br><br>
I know some people who will have 7-10 days of clothes for everyone. Of course little kids with their frequent spills, etc., might need some extra.
 

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My rule is if I don't love it, it goes.<br>
If I don't love the color, the pattern, the way it fits, the way I have to clean it (for dryclean or handwash items), anything, it goes. If any of us haven't worn it lately, it also goes.<br><br>
DD, DH and I share one dresser. It has 4 large drawers and two small ones at the top. I do laundry usually every other day, although I think I need to do something with dd's clothes. She's been getting into her own clothes drawer, putting on 3-4 different outfits per day and then taking it off piece by piece through the whole house.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: Laundry has gotten insane!
 

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DH and I share a chest of drawers, it has 5 drawers. I think we could size down to a 3-drawer (his drawer, my drawer, and the extra lingerie/misc drawer) which I could even stick in the closet so it wouldn't take up floor space. I purged both the closet and the drawers to make sure everything would fit. If I haven't worn it since high school (3 years) it reeeeeeally needed to go! I have dontated 2 boxes and I am saving some of the nicer pieces for the consignment sale (partly because sellers get to shop early, oh I'm terrible! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/mischievous.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="mischief"> )<br><br>
So far the only obstical has been aquiring the said 3-drawer chest/dresser <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I'd go through what you can, pick out the things you know you do not like and get rid of them. As your doing that seperate into piles, jeans here, shirts there, undies over there, socks all here, for me I also seperated those into town clothes and around the house clothes since that's my 2 types, maybe yours will be church clothes and regular clothes or fancy stuff and lazy stuff. Pile them up in the floor around the perimeter of whatever room you have available, put them on the dining room table if you don't use it, keep them out in sight so you can see what you have (you will also have empty drawers and closets) sure your neatened house is now a mess, but sometimes there has to be destruction before construction! You might be able to go through the stacks and say wow, I have 13 blue T shirts, I don't need that many of that color, lets get rid of half of them so go ahead and get rid of them. Now it's pretty easy, just live like you usually do but instead of trying to find something to wear out of the dresser or closet you go to a pile, if you wear something and don't like it, get rid of it, if you wore it and liked it then after it's washed put it away in the dresser or where it belongs long term, do this for a couple of weeks or a month and you will have a pretty good wordrobe in it's rightful place and you will have stacks of clothing that you can now get rid of because you didn't wear it. Sometimes you will find yourself avoiding the piles because the comfy jeans are in the dresser and you wear those and that's fine, you don't have to always go to the piles to pick out the days outfit, just don't put anything from the piles directly into the closet or drawers unless you wore it, washed it and enjoyed it.<br><br>
You may have to wait and store winter clothes until the proper season because sweaters are not what you are wearing right now or it might be summer tank tops and thin dresses, if it's not that time of year where your actually wearing them just put those items in a box to go through later ( you can thin them out some but don't have to get carried away unless you just want to) do not put them in the drawers though to get mixed into the save clothes, box them, label them and put them somewhere until you need them.<br><br>
I understand about the hubby thing not wanting to get rid of clothes, once the piles are made show him the 4 foot stack of his pants and see what he says or comment do you realize that you could wear a clean pair of socks everyday for 4 months and not have to wash once (really, that's where we were at- 4 MONTHS, that's 120 pair of socks, that's 240 single socks, too many, I just fut my foot down on that one! (pun intended hahahaha) yeah, my DH does still have too many pair of pants and way too may shirts but it was a start and his stuff now fits into his space and doesn't puke into my (basically) neat little drawers!
 

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We don't use dressers. I like to hang everything. My son has 7 pants, 5 shorts and 12 shirts (4 tshirts, 4 sweaters, 4 long sleeved, 2 dressy shirts and 2 hoodies) 3 footie pj's and 2 flannel pj's, 10 pairs of undies and 10 pairs of socks. That is the limit. If I buy new stuff, old stuff has to go (which I need to do this weekend since I just bought him some summer clothes. I have a small bin set aside for clothes that he can grow into. His undies and socks go into the top drawer in his night table. His shorts and t-shirts also go into the bottom drawer of his night table. At the start of each season, we go through them and assess what I need to get since he is growing like a weed. Same with shoes.<br><br>
Mine and DH's clothes are shared in 1 closet even though In have 2 closets in my room (I use the other one for my sewing area). We each get half. We have about 7 pants each. My Dh has like 3 or 4 shirts. I think I have about 14 because I have long sleeved, sweaters, blouses, tshirts. I also have a couple skirts and some dresses. I am going to go through them this weekend again since I just got some summer clothes.
 

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i had a massive collection of vintage clothes. i had at least 100 pieces! today i took it all to a vintage clothing store. the owner bought 30 pieces. i was lucky to get that much $. i was glad to get rid of the clutter. who needs so many clothes!. i am going to try to sell the rest at another store and if they don't buy it, i will just give it away.<br>
so, i suggest you try to sell the valuable stuff (maybe the Guess sequins <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ) and maybe that will motivate you to sell more. or, you could just take it to a consignment store. i really like the stores where they buy it outright cause it seems simpler.<br>
good luck, you will feel better when you get rid of some of those clothes.
 

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Do you do the laundry? If so, you make the rules. Your probably going to need to get tough with your DH.<br><br>
I learned my lesson by observing the marriage of two close friends. They have huge double closets, a six drawer dresser, an armoire, and a cabinet style nightstand. She has half of one closet and the nightstand. He has everything else. She bitches about laundry (doing it and putting it away) constantly, but won't do anything to force her DH to pare down. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"><br>
Before I even got married, I was like, "That's <i>not</i> gonna be me."<br><br>
If you have a washer and dryer at home, wash clothes every day. If you wash every day, you can get by with so.much.less.<br><br>
I also like organizing clothes into outfits. If you only have 10 pairs of jeans, it doesn't make sense to have 30 T shirts or 50 pairs of socks. The outfit principle works especially well with baby and kid clothes. The outfit principle makes getting ready in the morning and putting away laundry so.much.easier. It also frees up a lot of space, since you have (for example) jeans, tank top, button down, bra, panties, and socks all hanging on one hanger (socks tucked in pocket of jeans).<br><br>
I don't how much closet space you have, but whenever possible, hang it all. The only stuff that absolutely needs to box/drawer is are delicate knits. Eliminate as much dresser space as possible. Even with two people, if you have a good sized closet with well organized layout, you shouldn't need a dresser at all.<br><br>
Consider moving formal clothes to a different area of the house entirely. It doesn't make sense to have a dress that you wear once a year consuming prime closet real estate.<br><br>
For shoes, I like underbed, hinged lid boxes with wheels. They are made by Rubbermaid. A queen sized bed will fit three of these. For me, a Sasquatch who favors clunky shoes, each box fits about six pairs of shoes. So that's all the shoes I have, 18 pairs. My boots (5 pairs, including snow and hiking) and DH's shoes (he has 8 pairs, including boots) live on our closet floor.<br><br>
Throw away anything with holes or stains. Stuff that's in good shape, but is the wrong size or color or whatever, try to sell it to give yourself positive reinforcement.<br><br>
Downsizing and organizing clothes is a BIG job. Give yourself lots of time.<br><br>
When this is all done, you will be rewarded with lots less time spent doing laundry and caring for clothes.<br><br>
Good Luck!
 
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