This is great, and I know I have been lucky not to have to go out and buy clothes every season.
The downside is, I have sometimes felt like I am literally drowning in children's clothes! And, to top that off, I have found that I do have a "style" of kids clothes that I prefer. This means, if I see a really great deal at a garage sale or thrift store, I do buy more children's clothes.
Here's how I have been combating the madness that children's clothing can bring:
- When I am given clothes, I sort them right away. Keep to wear now, save for future use, give away.
- When I put the clothes away, I go through what I already have, and get rid of clothes my kids haven't worn, stained clothes, and clothing that will not be worn for the rest of the season.
- I keep folded up paper bags in all rooms. When I do laundry, if I notice a significant amount of clothes that need to be passed on, I open up the paper bag and start filling it up. When the bag is full, it either gets taken to the local charity I donate to, or to a friend who could use them.
- If I know I am well stocked with clothes for the kids, and I have been given more clothes, I will simply donate them without going through them.