Friday, September 30, 2011

{seasonally switching clothes}

When I was pregnant, we decided not to find out if we were having a boy or a girl.
I bought one girl outfit and one boy outfit before the baby was born.
Just one coming home outfit.
I’m not sure why I didn’t think about what the child would wear while I recovered.
Be naked I guess. Naked babies are cute. I can see the logic in that.
But before I could even step out of the house,
we received bins of clothes from family and friends.
And our child has never lacked a single thing.
Sweaters? Check. Pants and Overalls? We’ve got plenty.
Onesies and shirts? Take a pick. Shoes? He could wear three different pairs a day.
He is abundantly blessed to say the least.

As a result, I’ve developed a sort of system for seasonally switching clothes.
I thought it would be timely to share my personal rules and pointers 
just in time for the temperatures to drop...

1.       Clearly label bins by age group. 
My bins are labeled: NB + 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-12 months, 12-18 months, 18-24 months + bigger. I also have a bin for shoes, plastic shoe boxes with holiday clothes (primarily Christmas), summer bathing suits, and winter hats. I don’t sort any of these by size because there isn’t THAT much of it. 
I look for it on an as needed basis. 

 PS: ignore the "fall/winter." That came form the previous owner and I've never bothered to change it.

2.       Keep the empty bin for the current age group in the closet.
(Space permitting, of course.) When the child grows out of something, throw it (literally) in the bin. It will help to keep your drawers and closet free of unused clothes and, when it comes time to switch clothes again, 
all you have to do is fold and store.

3.       Stay true to the label. 
If the label says 6-12 months, but it seems small, I resist the temptation to put it in the NB + 0-3 months bin. A few months ago I found that the Snake was using slightly larger clothing for his age, so instead of going through the 6-12 months bin for “larger” clothes, I went straight for the 12-18 months bin. 
It keeps the guesswork out of it.

4.       Purge as you go. 
If I find something in a bin that just isn’t my style, I give it away or donate it. Period. There is no, “maybe I’ll like it for my next baby.” No way. That’s how people become hoarders. 
I fear unknowingly becoming a hoarder.

5.       Only donate things that are in good shape. 
My garbage doesn’t belong at Goodwill. If there is something with a hole or a stain that I wouldn’t put on my boy, then I can’t assume that someone else would. I also try to donate things that are in perfect shape, but the Snake has too much of. There is no reason a 1-year-old needs 5 sweater vests in 5 different colors. That’s not an exaggeration.

6. Shop after purging.
Before I went through the bins, I had an itch to get him into some jeans. Thank goodness I looked before going out and spending money on pants because there were two pairs that fit him right now and one that will fit him in the winter.I did realize, though, that the Snake had no warm pajamas 
so I've been looking around for sales and bargains. 


Heather @ Finding Beauty in the Ordinary said...

you are so organized! this is amazing!

Hannah said...

Just wait until you have a bunch of kids. Switching out clothes becomes a huge project! It is always nice to be able to pop over to the garage to find some pants when kids outgrow mid-season, though. Good luck with the organization!


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