The season's changing—time to swap out our offspring's clothes.  

By Julianna W. Miner
Stephanie Rausser

2. Wash Everything.

Consult Pinterest for advice on removing various stinks and/or stains.

4. Clear A Spot on Floor.

Avoid the mistake of thinking you can use your kid's bed to do this. OH, NO. You won't be done today. Try the corner, over there.

6. Dump Kid's Freshly Laundered Clothes Onto Heap.

Your child may walk in and ask what's going on. Say nothing. She may ask why you just threw her favorite sweatshirt onto Mt. Laundry. Tell her to go away.

7. Walk Around the House.

The number of piles you end up with can vary between two and infinity—for example, keep, toss, donate, consign, hand down, store for next year, this smells like cheese and should get washed again, I can't bear to part with that because it's precious (sniffle - how did she get so big?), and wait—whose is this?

9. As You Stare at Stacks...

10. Get Distracted by Stupid Things. 

Like dinner, sleeping, and the need to leave the house.

11. Return to Your Child's Room.

You'll find she's mixed up all piles and/or attempted to "help" you by putting everything away. Briefly whimper. Reconfigure piles.

12. Make Trips to the Garage.

And donation center, and friends'. Congrats! You're done! Now, start over with the next kid.

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