When it comes to kids' clothes, Shannon believes in the 15 Rule, particularly if you have lots of children and storage is an issue.
So either toss, giveaway, or put away extra clothes until each child has just 15 outfits:
• 5 summer
• 5 winter
• 5 cross-season
If you stick to this target you’ll eliminate huge piles of washing and ironing.
Storing clothes in the off-season
Try vacuum sealing them yourself using heavy duty airtight plastic bags, rubber bands and a vacuum cleaner:
1. Place the clothes in neat flat piles (no more than about 15cm high) and slide the piles in the bags in as many rows as will fit lengthways.
2 Secure the neck closed with a rubber band – but before sealing it completely: squeeze the vacuum nozzle in the opening, turn it on and suck the air out so the bag tightens firmly around the piles of clothes keeping them neat and compact.
3. When all the air is out, remove the vacuum quickly (not allowing any air to get back in), fold the neck of the bag over so there’s no possibility of air re-entering and secure several rubber bands around the folded plastic.
4. Label the bags for easy identification and place them in piles in the wardrobe.
They’ll take up way less space this way and will be clean, pressed, dust and bug-free when you go to get them out next season.
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