A Bag of Hand-Me-Down Clothing Has Arrived-Now What?


Hand-me-downs are great.  You can save lots of money and avoid having to shop. A wonderful opportunity of free clothing has presented itself, but I suggest to act immediately and sort/select which items you want to keep. If you delay, the bags tend to pile up, causing overwhelm. Additionally, the items you don’t want become clutter.

Be HONEST with yourself and keep only what fits and what you/the children like. Even if you select only a few “goodies” then you have increased the wardrobe choices. You have no obligation to keep everything or anything.

The next question to ask yourself is how and where are you going to keep everything. If children’s clothing, I suggest keeping only the current size and season. If you choose to keep more, I wouldn’t go one year past the current size. I personally have only two boxes of stored kids clothes. Even with this little and labelling the contents, I still tend to forget what I have.

I have many clients who are concerned about finances and want to keep things “just in case”. I can appreciate this, but if dealing with so much volume becomes overwhelming because of lack of storage space or no retrieval system, it’s not worth the stress of managing the clothes.

Need proverbial hand-holding? We can do this together either in person or virtually. Hand-me-down clothing is great, as long as you have a way to manage it.

Have an organizing question? Contact me.

-Karen, The Klutter Koach

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