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.Continue reading “A Bag of Hand-Me-Down Clothing Has Arrived-Now What?”

An Illustrated Guide to Donating Used Clothing

Spring Cleaning is typically the time of year folks go through their closets and weed out clothing they no longer want to keep. With good intentions, they would like to donate the castoffs for others to use.  A very noble thought indeed and I wholeheartedly believe in passing things on to the next person. HOWEVER…NOBODYContinue reading “An Illustrated Guide to Donating Used Clothing”

How Many Clothes are ‘Enough’?

Last night the wind was fiercely blowing.  I had hung my laundry out to dry earlier that day. Hours later, a family member alerted me that the laundry was whirling around reminiscent of the tornado scene from Wizard of Oz.  As I dashed outdoors to capture the garments, I arrived a second too late asContinue reading “How Many Clothes are ‘Enough’?”

Avoid Clothing Mix-ups by Labeling

The frustrated shout of “Maaa!! These aren’t my socks! They’re _’s  (fill in name of family member). Sound familiar? When different sizes are difficult to tell apart there is often some mix-ups. Right? It makes sorting laundry a nightmare. This morning my daughter alerted me her tights were missing.  They were in my drawer whichContinue reading “Avoid Clothing Mix-ups by Labeling”

How to Avoid Clutter from a Clothing Swap

Have you ever been to a clothing swap? If you aren’t familiar with the concept I will borrow Wikipedia’s definition: “A clothing swap is a type of swapmeet wherein participants exchange their valued but no longer used clothing for clothing they will use. Clothing swaps are considered not only a good way to refill one’s wardrobe, but also are considered an act of environmentalism.”  ThereContinue reading “How to Avoid Clutter from a Clothing Swap”

I’ve Konmari’d My Clothes…Now What?

Are you one of the multitudes who’ve hopped on the downsizing bandwagon and purged your closet keeping only what sparks joy? The Konmari craze of decluttering exploded worldwide with Netfix’s show Tidying Up With Marie Kondo. If you have been busy downsizing your belongings, have you taken the next step of getting rid of them?Continue reading “I’ve Konmari’d My Clothes…Now What?”

Don’t Second-Guess

The secret to the “I never have anything to wear” dilemma is to keep only clothing you love in your closet.  Let’s say you were running late and need to grab a top and a bottom. Would you be comfortable with those items you chose?  If there is something bothersome about what you selected itContinue reading “Don’t Second-Guess”

The Winter Coat Dilemma

What do I love about winter?  I love the woolly sweaters, tall leather boots, hot cocoa, and cocooning under a pile of blankets. What don’t I love?  I don’t love the pile of coats making my four room apartment look extremely cluttered.  We are a family of eight, but not an eight-coat family.  We have heavy winter coats, mid weightContinue reading “The Winter Coat Dilemma”

Seasonal Clothing Transitions Part II

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.Continue reading “Seasonal Clothing Transitions Part II”

10 Easy Steps to Transition a Child’s Wardrobe Between Seasons

For me, the first crisp fall day is the time to reevaluate what clothes to keep in the closets.  Fall and spring are both fickle in daily weather changes, and as we used to say in Chicago, more accurately– the weather changes minute-by-minute.  So after a HOT HOT summer, even a 10 degree drop in temperatureContinue reading “10 Easy Steps to Transition a Child’s Wardrobe Between Seasons”