Clearing out the children’s clothes

My clear out and declutter continues.  My next job was to clear out all the children’s clothes that they had outgrown but which I’d been hanging on to for some reason.  I don’t think that I’d kept them for any particularly sentimental reason – it was more that I’d shoved them away once they’d got slightly too tight but could still be worn if I was desperate.

Then it got to the point where I just plain couldn’t face tackling it.

This was the inside of my son's wardrobe
This was the inside of my son’s wardrobe

In the end, it didn’t take me all that long to sort this out.  I was in a brutal mood and it was obvious that none of this stuff was going to be worn again.

I also tackled the boxes above the wardrobe.

Here they are
Here they are
Once I'd finished, this was what it looked like.  All these boxes are empty, except for the big one which contains ski gear
Once I’d finished, this was what it looked like. All these boxes are empty, except for the big one which contains ski gear
Along with the wellies / snowboots, I ended up with 18 carrier bags of clothes
Along with the wellies / snowboots, I ended up with 18 carrier bags of clothes

In the end I kept three boxes of stuff – two were full of ski gear and one was stuff I’m going to pass down for sentimental reasons.

Like this! My Mum made this for me when I was one (back in 1979) and my daughter wore it until it became too small
Like this! My Mum made this for me when I was one (back in 1979) and my daughter wore it until it became too small

The women in the Save the Children shop were a bit taken aback when I turned up with five different loads of stuff to donate.  But they were kind and said that they definitely had room.  I think it helped that quite a lot was ilovegorgeous / Boden / Petit Bateau so was worth their while.  By the end, one of the ladies knew my donor number by heart.  She said that there must be something about September because they’ve suddenly had a surge in donations.

I have kept one bag of pants, socks, T shirts and jogging bottoms to give my daughter’s preschool, because they said that was the stuff they tended to need.  I’ve also kept a couple of ski jackets and salopette sets (12 to 18 months and 18months to 2 years) because someone I know is having a baby next month and may want them.  God, I hope she does.

The next job will be to sort out my clothes and shoes.  This will probably be more painful.

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