Kids grow so fast. This means they outgrow their clothes fast. If you have multiple kiddos, you probably hold onto outgrown clothes for number two and three. This can save you a ton of money over the years. The problem comes when you are holding on to so many clothes that it takes over the closet or basement.
That’s a lot of clutter and storage! You probably don’t need that much. Here are some ways to hold onto a decent amount of hand me down clothes without filling up your basement with boxes (and forgetting about them until after number number two has already bypassed that size).
Toss the Ripped/Stained: Don’t mindlessly toss everything into a bin. Set aside a few minutes to look through the outgrown clothes. If an item is worn out, ripped, or stained - toss it!
Keep 5 Outfits/Size: You don’t have to keep everything that isn’t ripped or stained. Pick your 5 favorite outfits for each size group and donate the rest!
Limit Storage Bins: If limiting the number of outfits seems too challenging, try limiting your storage bins. Maybe one bin per six months or year.
Make Room For Gifts: Remember that if you declutter a lot of clothes that new items will make their way in your home. Friends and family members love to buy clothes or provide additional hand me downs.
Consider The Seasons: Maybe your kids were born in different seasons. That means number two will be two small or big for most corresponding seasons. Keep what makes sense and donate the rest.
Using these tips should help you keep the bins of hand me downs under control and organized in your kid’s closet! That way, as you need to pull out the next size, you’ve got it right where you need it!
If this sounds great, but you can’t get yourself to sort through the endless pile of kids clothes, send me an email. If you are in the Madison, WI area I would be happy to come to your home and help you create a system for holding onto the clothes you need for their siblings.