Marie Kondo has rapidly become the reference when we talk of cleaning out our homes – she even figured on the list of the 100 most influential people by Times Magazine in 2015. Queen of tidying, her now famous manual has hit the screens and is all the rage on Netflix – with good reason. Inspired? We bet you are. Maybe even enough to tackle… duh duh duh… the kids’ room, and specifically, their wardrobes.
Outgrown but almost new
There are so many parents looking for solutions so as to not break their bank, especially when having a first child that can’t benefit from hand-me-downs. Facebook provides a great platform for this, with groups such as Preloved Baby Goods by TheAsianParent.com that boasts 35K members, as well as Preloved Baby Goods SG (25K members). Remember to always check the rules pinned in the groups prior to posting anything. Facebook Marketplace is not a bad idea either. Think to also check your local maternity ward and women’s shelters as they can always do with clothes, or of recyclers who distribute the clothes to those in need for you such as Green Square which holds several drop-off locations throughout Singapore and Blessings In A Bag. Other places to donate are The Green Collective and the FB group A Journey to Zero Waste has quite a comprehensive list too, which we discussed here.
This one is actually fun. You can either just not care about the stains (which 99.9% of mothers don’t for everyday use, it’s just embedded in kid nature to integrate [ice-cream, juice, chocolate] into their wardrobes. In fact, I am quite sure a kid’s diet could be identified just by analysing all the clothes.
Outgrown and stained, a little used
The warrior pieces
With that, I hope you have found what to do with your unwanted clothes! Surely there’s at least one solution to fit every piece you don’t want in the wardrobe and getting your kids to join in, won’t just help you, but help them to recognise the value of their possessions. And now you’ve done the worst part, you can head on with the rest of the home: in comparison, it will feel like a breeze! You can get the best tips and advice on how to declutter your own wardrobe here AND check out our HIGHLIGHTS stories on Instagram, where we declutter 7-year-old Sienna’s room for toys!