Transitions suck. I apologize for such crude language. However, that is my current sentiment and I couldn’t think of anything else more refined sounding.
I have previously written about transitioning over a wardrobe between seasons. The “knowing how” is one thing; the steps aren’t difficult. The difficult part is contending with Mother Nature’s fickleness between seasons. One day it’s hot–summer clothes. The next day it’s chilly–warm clothes. It’s cold in the morning, then hot midday, and then cooling of in the late afternoon.
An adult can manage to put on a sweater and take it off. A four-year old…or eight year old… or ten year old doesn’t quiet “get it”. They wear the wrong clothes for the wrong temperature and then the next thing you realize Junior is wearing a knit hat with shorts, a sweatshirt and rainboots. You can “let it go” and hopefully the teacher won’t think you are the worst mother on the planet for inappropriately dressing your child.
This transitioning process “ain’t over ’til it’s over” meaning until the weather is consistently changed, you have to be on top of things. This drives me batty, as I am a minimalist in the clothing department and hate having too much to manage.
With each load of laundry there is a constant decision of putting the item away or pulling it out. I am very good at this, but needless to say, it is overwhelming. Comfort yourself in knowing it’s just the way it is. Even The Klutter Koach doesn’t find this to be fun and games; it’s hard work being organized.
Here are some Pearls of Wisdom regarding seasonal clothing transitions:
- Always have some bags nearby the closet our laundry area for culled out items.
- If getting rid of items, remove them from your home ASAP or they will rotate from location to location around your house. Some charities like the Salvation Army pick up. It you can avail yourself of this luxury, call to schedule a pickup.
- Label kid clothes–outwear, boots, etc. I absolutely love Mabel’s Labels http://mabelslabels.com/us/index.php/?___store=us_english_storeview or Loveable Labels http://www.lovablelabels.ca/ . Both are excellent companies based out of Canada. What’s great about these labels is they don’t fall off or smear off. There are labels for clothing, shoes, and “stuff” (school items, etc.) Every item that leaves my house gets a label. When was the last time your kids kicked off their shoes and you knew exactly whose were whose in the pile-up? (Which reminds me, I need to reorder–Any relatives wanting to buy me a gift, take note. Hint hint).
- If you are a saver of clothes, be sure each item is clean and “sparks joy”, as advised by Marie Kondo. This is crucial for hand-me-downs. The previous wearer may have different tastes or body type than the recipient. You may have spent three years storing your older child’s clothes only for them to be found distasteful or the wrong fit his/her younger sibling. If it doesn’t work for them, pass it on.
Good luck. Happy transitioning. If you haven’t already done so, check out The Klutter Koach Facebook page.
Thanks for reading.
-Karen, The Klutter Koach