Decluttering Folded Clothes – Getting Organized

Getting Organized:
In your home and homeschool

Folded clothes are one of the biggest battles in putting away laundry. That is usually because we have too many folded clothes for our space. Many years ago, I set up a walk-in closet for my 5 sons to share. On one wall, I used storage bins for their folded clothes. This gave more floor space in their bedroom without using 5 dressers. I set up a bin for each for their underclothes, socks, and undershirts. Then I set up a second bin for each with jeans (or shorts) and t-shirts. I labeled the bins and used shelving to make it easy to access. They were able to basically toss folded clothes in the bins. This worked to an extent. Because they were quite young, I had to deal with combined bins at times. But overall, it worked really well. I also set up sections in the closet for their hanging clothes, and each boy had a place for his hanging clothes. As they grew, we moved their clothes to better suit their spaces, and now I just have 2 boys sharing that closet that was once shared by 5 boys. Currently, I have 4 boys still at home, and each one has a dresser. The rule is that their drawers must open and close freely, and they must be able to put their folded laundry away easily each day. I hardly ever check their drawers now. Once a season, we will go through their drawers and purge seasonal clothes. For general purposes, we declutter their folded clothes that don’t fit as we are folding laundry in the laundry room. If I see a t-shirt or underwear come through the laundry with lots of holes, I make it disappear, As I mentioned yesterday about decluttering in my closet, I also declutter my dresser drawers monthly as well. Tell me how you are doing with clothes maintenance in your home.

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Zone Mission – Declutter some of your folded clothes.
 
Menu Plan for Thursday: Chicken and Salad

Routines:
Home:
  • Make Your Bed (Do this as soon as you get up.)
  • Get Dressed Down to Your Shoes
  • Swish and Swipe
  • Start Your Laundry
  • Decide on Dinner
  • Check Your Calendar
  • Start the Day off with a Shiny Sink. Don’t leave the breakfast dishes sitting.

School:

  • Look at back to school sales for needed school supplies.
 Afternoon Routine:
  • Eat Lunch
  • Clear off One Hot Spot
  • Reboot the Laundry
  • Declutter for 15 Minutes (Be sure to have your children declutter, too.)
  • Drink Your Water

Before Bed: (This starts right after dinner.)

  • Check the Calendar for Tomorrow
  • Lay out Your Clothes for Tomorrow (Have your children lay their clothes out, too.)
  • Put things at your launch pad
  • Shine Your Sink
  • Clean Off a Hot Spot
  • Go to Bed at Decent Hour

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About Tami

Tami Fox is a homeschool mom of 6, who in age from 26 to 11. She and her husband have homeschooled for 17 years and have graduated three of their children from their homeschool. They are currently homeschooling 3 boys who are in grades 11, 9, and 6. They use hands-on learning and unit studies to ignite the fire of learning in their children. Tami is a homeschool author and conference speaker. You can contact her by email at Tami@TamiFox.com. Buy her book, Giving Your Children Wings at http://www.tamifox.net/giving-your-children-wings/.

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Decluttering Folded Clothes – Getting Organized — 2 Comments

  1. It’s a work in progress over here! We did just train the kids to put away their clean clothes in the morning. Even the four year old does this, so that’s nice! The drawers are not super tidy but they aren’t overly full either, so there’s a little room for error:). I like the idea of regularly purging clothes that are too small so that the seasonal change-over will go more smoothly- think I’ll work toward that.

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