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Random Acts of Tidiness

This week was the week to finally tackle the kid’s clothing that was pushing out of their dressers and switch out the seasonal clothing. I don’t know how, but over the course of one season their stash seems to grow in leaps and bounds. I know when my little guys armoire doors won’t shut, it’s time to purge.

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I took everything out, and sorted out what was too small, and  what needed to be put away till next summer.

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For some reason it’s so emotional for me to pass on the outgrown clothing… It’s hard to realize that stage of having babies is over (even though my baby is six), and that my children are growing up. I do save a few special items of their clothing from each stage. My mom kept a little white dress of mine from when I was a baby, and I always liked looking at it, till they had a house fire.
Anyway, after I put back my son’s clothes for this winter season,  his doors were able to close easily.

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I’m sure it won’t stay this way, because he feels like a big guy when he puts his own laundry away, but just by reducing the volume, it has to be much easier to keep things orderly.
My brown eyed girl’s clothes were  climbing out of her dresser also, so I purged a bunch she will be too big for next summer (so sad).

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Now it will be easier for her to put her clothes away without having to stuff things in the drawers.

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Also, in the kitchen my freezer needed some attention, as I have neglected it of late, so close your eyes if you can’t bear to look.

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Crazy, I know! After weeding through and wiping down, it was much more presentable!

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Now I at least know where every thing is at, and what I actually have on hand. While I was in the kitchen I also cleaned out a cabinet that I very rarely use except to grab a seasoning out of. Here is the before shot.

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I found too many expired items which I purged. I need to be more careful about rotating and keeping up with things because I really hate to waste anything. Afterwards my cupboard looked quite bare,

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but much better. So that was my organizing for this week! I’m an Organizing Junkie’s 52 week challenge has been so helpful for my motivation this year. I know my hubby is enjoying the benefits as well, as clutter tends to add stress, so hopefully this is reducing our stress level!

Here are a couple of links that have helpful tips on storing clothing:
 About(dot)com and Mama’s Laundry Talk.
Here is an article on the definitions of “sell by, best if used by, use-by” and closed or coded dates.
Hope this is helpful!

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