As every parent knows, kids go through a lot of clothes- and fast. My first child was 9 1/2 pounds at birth and basically skipped all the 0-3 month clothes we had for her. Did not see that coming! The amount of clothes and the constant turn over is enough to drive anyone crazy. Here are some ways to handle outgrown kid clothes:
1. Save: If you are on baby #1 and keeping clothes for future baby #2, put washed outgrown clothes away in bins labeled with sizes like 3-6 months, 6-9 months. I liked the Deep Sweater Box from the Container Store’s line of clear storage boxes. They were the perfect size for baby clothes and I could stack them in the closet.
2. Pass Along: If you are all done with babies, it is the perfect time to pass them along to a friend or relative who can use them. It works great when you know someone with a child 1-2 years younger than yours. You can keep passing things down the line- and hope they do the same.
3. Donate: Most charities are happy to take baby clothes. Some like Baby2Baby even specialize in them. You can also check with your local women’s shelter.
4. Sell: You won’t make much at yard sales for baby clothes- but they are popular if in good condition. If you have high end, name brand baby clothes in good condition, you can sell them on-line at places like ThredUp. Mail your clothes to them and they will send you some money for the ones they can sell!
5. Raise Money: My new favorite thing to do with my kids’ clothes is send them to Schoola. They send me a postage paid bag. I fill the bag with the good clothes and send it in. They sell them on-line and 40% goes to my kid’s school. A very easy way to raise funds! You can see photos of your clothes on their website, watch as items get sold across the country and see how much money is coming to the school.
6. Recycle: If your kids clothes are past their usefulness to anyone- don’t throw them in the trash. Use them as rags. Give blankets and towels to the local animal shelter. And recycle the rest at local H&M stores through their Don’t Let Fashion Go to Waste program. A fantastic way to keep textiles and clothes out of the landfills.
Whatever way you decide to part with kids clothes, just make sure you keep doing it. If you fall too far behind, you might get buried in clothes!