Seventy-two hours is how long it took me this week to do the family's seasonal clothing switch, from start to finish. We brought the tote boxes upstairs on Tuesday after school and lined the hallway with them, stacked 2 and 3 totes high. This afternoon I took the last box downstairs and hung up the last of Steve's summer clothes. Everything had to be washed before they could go into drawers this year, as the basement smell was just too strong.
Seventy-two hours isn't quite accurate, though. I spent two days getting all the laundry washed, folded, and put away BEFORE I started the clothing switch. If I were to be totally fair, I'd have to add forty-eight hours onto the seventy-two hours. One hundred twenty hours? Can I subtract my sleep from that? One hundred twenty seems too overwhelming.
Even now, one daughter hasn't finished her switch. She has a small stack of potential new summer clothes to try on, and she still has some winter clothes in her drawers. She's the lone hold-out on finishing the project, but I decided not to keep waiting on her. She's old enough to do this on her own. Whenever she finishes, I'll return her unwanted items to a box in the basement. I left the right box on top of the stack, so it will be easy to access.
Now my hallway is lined with eleven trash bags of clothes and shoes I am not going to store anymore. Some are items that aren't worth saving from my almost thirteen year old daughter until my six year old fits them. Some of them were just too worn out to keep. Some are things that NONE of my daughters will wear. Some are items that are too large for any of my teen daughters and not worth holding onto in case they gain weight.
For the first time in several years, all the stored clothes are in tote boxes. There aren't any trash bags of clothes in the basement, getting smelly. They get smelly enough even in the tote boxes. We need to set up the dehumidifier we bought.
I'm so glad we only have to do this twice a year. I wish we had more closet space and more room for dressers so it wouldn't be necessary. But we don't, so we just have to deal with it.
What did you do with YOUR week? Anyone else tackling the dreaded clothing switch?