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Change It Up!

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It’s that time again!  The snow is gone (here, anyway), the days are longer, and it’s time to trade in our sweaters for shorts!

I should be excited that my littlest one, who is just now really starting to take off walking (at almost 14 months, in case you’re keeping track) will no longer be stepping all over the bottom of his jeans.  I should be thrilled to get a change in scenery from the same long-sleeved t-shirts I saw all winter.

But nope.  I’m stressed and annoyed.

The changing of the wardrobes is one of my least favorite tasks.  It’s mildly fun when it’s my own clothes, but horribly frustrating when it involves itty bitty shorts that seem to multiply in their storage totes during the off-season.  Not only are there so many clothes to deal with, but you also sometimes get the added fun of changing sizes at the same time!  *groan*

Here’s how I am currently hating my clothes-changing routine:

  • In the boys’ dressers and closets (they have their own rooms for now) are their current size/season clothes.
  • In totes that are either in the back of closets but mostly in our outdoor storage shed are the off-season and off-size clothes, marked with what size and season is contained in the totes.
  • I have a laundry basket in each boys’ closet that catches all of the off-season or off-size clothes that manage to sneak into their current stashes (I swear those cordoroys get themselves out of the totes and into the dressers all on their own) and stay there until I have time to deal with them…which never seems to happen.

I feel like their clothes are constantly in a state of disarray and I can never find what I need for them.  The other day I realized that we have no spring/summer clothes in size 18m for our youngest.  How did that happen?!  We have gotten so many hand-me-downs from wonderful friends, I can’t believe we don’t have a full stash in that size/season.  I have a few things here and there, but certainly not enough to last until fall!  Looks like we’ll be making a trip to Once Upon A Child soon to stock up!

Okay, so there has to be an easier way to manage the seasonal wardrobe changes with little ones…right?  Or am I the only one who hates this chore and dreads it every several months?  Please tell me how you do it!

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About Krista

Krista is a full-time working mom of two boys, currently aged 6 and 7. She lives in Kentucky with her husband, Brandon.

Comments

  1. I don’t know Krista, from the sound of it you are more organized than most!! I LOVE changing out the seasons clothes!! Right now I go through all of our clothes in closets and dressers about every 3 months. I live by the old adage “one thing in – one thing out”. We have bins in the attic for each of us with off-season clothing which includes larger sizes for when I buy ahead for the kids. I have boxes for each child as they outgrow things so I can list them on ebay in a large lot (seasonally). I also have a donate/yardsale box where other non-ebayable items go. For a season change, I bring one bin down at a time. Yesterday, Adelines bin came down from the attic and I went through her winter clothes, took out the things that no longer fit, the things that were TOO wintery and a few items that were still way huge and should fit next year and replaced them with spring/summer clothing. I have a hard time at the beginning of the season though since we are still not ready to completely convert to summer stuff and I don’t have enough room for all of it!

  2. It might *sound* organized, but I assure you it is not. It’s such a mess. I wish I had one place to store all of the totes nicely where I can see all of the labels. Bleh.

    I get so frustrated by the straggler clothes, like the random 6m size items I just found!

  3. I am still trying to figure out a system. Right now in the top of our (yes the baby and I share a very small closet) are bins with all the sizes he can’t wear. I recently, three weeks ago,cleaned out the newborn stuff. I pulled out the 2 things I want to keep and the rest are still sitting in a box in the floor. I don’t know how such a very small person can have so many clothes and yet it still seems as if he doesn’t have enough. I get like 6 inches of closet space. And I hate that his outfits aren’t complete. I have pants and shorts in the drawer and everything else minus pjs hanging up. I think I need a different system, but I’m not sure there is one.

  4. Kristen A. says:

    Way more organized than my attic, it looks like the thrift store vomited a clothes Volcano EVERYWHERE and needs destashed BADLY which is what I am probably gonna do this Wedneday before it gets too hot and the humidity comes back. That is my solution so I’m no help, We have totes and garbage bags marked with size and just go through them times 4 kids when it’s time. I hate it but it has to be done. At least it is only 2 times a year here in Houston, to get out and put up wintery clothes. We keep the shorts out all year round LOL

  5. I love all of it!!! I already have Will’s summer stuff put away (It gets warm here in TN pretty early). And I left out his jeans, a few long sleeve shirts that fit, and some khakis.

    We’ve got a wall of storage totes in the laundry room labeled by size and season. Luke and Cole are going to be off season from where Will was at this point. However, there is a possibility that they may catch up eventually because they are a lot more chunky than Will was.

    I shop clearance racks ahead of season. So when things go on sale for summer clearance, I’m shopping for the next year. I’ve scored some really sweet deals on brand new stuff and have almost everything I need when the right time comes around.

    Having three boys, I’m not worried as much about if Will isn’t able to wear or use something that I bought for him. One of his brothers can hopefully wear it, or I will sell it like new at a yard sale or consignment sale eventually.

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