Lots of people do spring cleaning. I kind of stumbled into my spring cleaning this year, and it took a little longer to finish everything on my list than I thought it would… But that’s life with little ones, and they’re a lot more fun than cleaning any day!
But do you do fall cleaning?
I don’t necessarily have a list of things I want cleaned, but I have been going through things to sell/donate. For the past two weeks I’ve made trips to Once Upon a Child with boxes full of long pants and long sleeve shirts that just won’t fit my little ones this year. My preschooler was all excited to see how much she had grown!
I’ve also gone through toys. Anything they have outgrown (haven’t played with the past few times I’ve gotten it out), went out to the garage to be forgotten and make its way out of our house. So far I’ve taken 2 large storage tubs of toys (having a lid on the box helps little eyes not see things and decided they still want them..) and several boxes of clothes and shoes.
The best part? I used the over $90 I received for my items to purchase new fall/winter clothes for each of them. Most of my son’s shirts I had taken were his prized car shirts (remember, he’s 2, and cars are IT…). I was able to find a great selection of “new” long-sleeved car shirts to fill his closet.I also found him a new winter coat – his 18 month one wasn’t going to fit, so it got taken to sell. Can’t beat an almost new coat for 9 bucks! And, then I saw these… Or should I say the kids found them and fell in love?
Since the kids were with me, and we had sold so many toys, I let them each pick out one new toy to take home. My son found this great ride on toy, which gets to stay outside…My daughter got a Doodle Bear, which looks brand new.
There were only a few items the store didn’t take. I donated them to St. Vincent de Paul on the way home that day – no need to bring any of it back into the house.
What do you do with outgrown clothes and toys?