Recently I recieved this message from Valerie on Facebook:
We are currently trying to downsize all our items, as Dave Ramsey suggests. A friend and I are getting ready for a huge ‘eliminate debt’ sale and I want to get rid of all the extra clothes for the girls because they have so many! However, I’m afraid to get rid of too many. Does anybody have a good inventory list of necessities on each particular clothing item? Eliminating will also help decrease our clutter and the attitude that I can put off laundry another day!
How much is too much when it comes to kids’ clothes? Valerie could use your advice on simplifying her kids’ current clothing. I could use some advise on how much outgrown clothing I should save.
I saved almost all of Grace’s clothes after she started to out grow them. We knew we wanted to have another baby someday, so it made sense to keep what we could. The only stuff I got rid of was stuff I didn’t like and never ended up putting on Grace to begin with.
Fast forward a couple years and Noah arrived!
Noah is not a girl.
So what do I do with all of Grace’s clothes now???
IF we have more kids…
IF the baby is a girl…
IF the girl is born in the same season as Grace…
Then we’ll sure be glad to have her clothes, but geez…. That sure is a lot of IF’s that need to fall into place!
After Noah was born, I went through all of the clothes I had saved for Grace. I tried to use a critical eye, but boy was it hard.
- If it was really worn, faded, or had stains – it went.
- If I didn’t really love it or Grace never wore it – it went.
- If it was a “classic” that wouldn’t go out of style (jeans, onesies, etc.) – it stayed.
- If it was a “need” that all kids should have (winter coat, socks, shoes, swimsuit, hats) – it stayed.
I put all the clothing that I am getting rid into plastic grocery bags labeled by size. That way things will already be organized when I’m ready to sell them at a garage sale.
I’m using the same philosphy with Noah’s clothes as he out grows them.
***Note: I have a huge attic. Storage space is not an issue for me. I’m sure I kept a ton more clothes than I really need to. Getting rid of stuff was just so. very. hard.
Please help Valerie and I out! How much is enough for current and outgrown clothing? What are your rules for what stays and what goes? Please leave your tips (and links!) in the comments.
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