Although the weather has been the very opposite of what
spring weather should be – we had snow the first day of spring – now is still a
good time to start fresh. The Brown Mom Blogger’s Collective has come together
to talk to you about Spring Cleaning to help make your Spring Cleaning Season
more productive and fun.  Whether it’s
getting yourself or your home organized, starting a healthy lifestyle,
de-cluttering, etc. we’ve got you covered. 
Keep reading for some awesome Spring Cleaning tips and ideas.
I’m a mom of a growing toddler.  At 4, she’s already 42” tall, which is taller
than 90% of girls her age.  I know I
sometimes joke that she’s almost my size, but she seriously isn’t too far
behind.  Do you know what this
means?  She grows out of clothes extremely
quickly.  
Spring Cleaning season is the time I stock up on new,
lighter clothes for our daughter for both the spring and summer, and get rid of
the too short pants and tops, and small shoes. 
This helps me to keep her room clutter-free, and help me stay sane. 
During my Spring Cleaning session(s), instead of throwing
away the clothes, and filling up the landfills, there are several different ways I donate or resell the
items, which you will find below.
1. Donate to a friend or family member
I help onto a lot of mini me’s old clothes, shoes, and baby
gear.  My cousin recently had a little
girl, and I gave all if not most of the baby gear we had to her.  One of my close friend’s daughter’s is a year
younger than mini me, so anything that’s too small goes to her if she wants them.
If she doesn’t, I have other options.
2. Freecycle it
Freecycle is one of the best online communities I know where
you can give away or receive things people don’t want or need, and it’s
free!  I’ve put up items, and I’ve
received items, like a set of dining chairs that were practically brand
new. 
Signing up for Freecycle is simple.  You first do a search to find your community
by entering it into the search box on the main page or by clicking on ‘Browse
Groups’. You may also receive alerts to new posts in your inbox.  Once you see something you like, you reply to
the post showing your interest (ask for pictures if none are there), and if the
item is still available, you’ll schedule a time to meet up to get your item(s).  Easy!
3. Sell it on Poshmark
I wrote a post about Poshmark a while back.  Poshmark is an online shop that allows you to
sell your old or new clothing items, but for a fee.  It’s great if you have on-trend fashion
pieces to sell that you can’t fit any longer or just don’t want because it was
an impulse purchase.   Any money I
receive from a Poshmark sale either goes to savings or to purchase myself or
mini me something new for spring/summer.
Here’s how I do my Spring Cleaning. 
Tell me what you and your family do to during
Spring Cleaning season.
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Kim is the do-it-all mom (and wife) who not only works full-time and is a freelance makeup artist, but also blogs about her love of family, travel, beauty and skincare. Now that she has a kindergartener, Kim has added Class Parent to her resume. These are all tough jobs, but somehow, she makes them look easy.
  • I work for a carpet cleaning company that also does quite a few spring cleans as well and I love your advice! We keep trying to tell people that there is no cleaning a cluttered house! One of the first things to do before actual cleaning is de-cluttering!

  • Becky

    I like to freecycle it. I am terrible and sending things in the mail..

  • I really need to get around to spring cleaning, i dread it every year lol

  • Juuuuust yesterday I was looking at my 4′ high stack of “things to donate” like, i need to donate that stack of stuff… some good ideas here! Although I’ll probably just drop them off at the goodwill…

  • Donating is great. Freecycle is really good too. I actually have freecycled a lot of things. Made some young kids happy with a gaming system once.

  • Hamptons to Hollywood

    I desperately need to spring clean 🙁 Thanks for the great tips!

  • I have a tall child as well. I buy stuff and I swear in 6 months its too small. It’s so crazy how quickly our children sprout. These are all great ideas that I will have to check out. But, last year I started selling my kids outgrown items at a kiddie themed flea market I started called Brooklyn Kid’s Flea Market. I’m going to try and have 2 events this summer. *crosses fingers*

  • I really need to get on the free cycle bandwagon. Im so glad to hear she will no longer wear her 12 month onesies… lol

    • LOL she had on a 2T onesie yesterday. She dressed herself lol

  • Tiffani G.

    A friend of mine found the baby carrier I paid about a hundred bucks for on Freecycle! Thanks for sharing other ways I can get rid of my boys’ clothes from last summer. Have you tried Moxie Jane?

    • Listen, I signed up for freecycle because I wanted an ergobaby. You know, one popped up in my area a few weeks ago… 4 yrs too late. I haven’t tried Moxie Jane. I will look it up.

  • MommieKnowsfresh

    Great Post! I have a tall toddler too and she is constantly growing out of her clothes! Free cycle sounds great, I have a really good condition lightweight stroller that I don’t want to just toss. Thanks for the idea! 🙂

    • From your pics, she looks small. I wouldn’t even have known. I’m sure there’s someone on freecycle who’d love the stroller.