I was cleaning out Matthew’s closet today since the weather has finally changed for real. It’s cold. All he has in his closet that fits is shorts, jeans, and short-sleeved t-shirts – so it was time to pull out the sweaters, long-sleeved T’s, and more pants.
I’ve been slow in moving things out of his closet – it’s a big chore. I bought altogether too many clothes in 0-3, 3-6, and 6-12 month sizes. I was super excited about having a baby and bought enough clothes for two babies (but averaged $8 per item!) – it’s embarrassing (yet – my uber-honest self is admitting it here). I still had all of his hanging 6-12 months clothes on the top rack of the closet (the folded stuff was long gone because drawer space is much more limited than closet space), but needed to free that space up now for the 12-18 month pants and t’s that still fit, freeing up the bottom rack for sweaters, hoodies, bigger jeans for December onward, etc.
Going through all of the clothes I’ve bought for 18 months – 3 years, I’m proud to say that the buying has gotten WAY under control. I mean – besides his stack of sweaters (I just love sweaters on little boys), what we have of each item is perfect through next summer. No need for pants, shorts, t-shirts (unless they’re the Junk Food brand from Baby G.ap), or sweaters. I am so proud… and I’m even more proud that at least half of his future stash was bought at consignment shops!
He’s getting so big, I cannot believe it. I held up some 2T shorts and B asked if they were for a kindergartener. Nope – they’re for our boy next summer. Unreal. The fun part, though, is that they will be super cute – even if they mean he’s growing up. I can’t wait to see him running around in his cargo shorts and big-kid T’s 😉
October 5, 2012 at 5:05 pm
LOL, sometimes I’m glad I live nowhere near good consignment shops, or really any shops at all. I have spent < $50 on clothing for Stella in total, and thankfully I have a couple of girlfriends who are done having kinds that have shipped all the hand-me-downs my way. I seriously have to not even walk through the little girl's section of stores though, or I know I WOULD buy stuff.
I love that Matthew is supporting himself in that pic as well!
October 9, 2012 at 12:05 am
I think you’ve got it right – live far away from the temptations! And little girls’ clothes are even more enticing that boys’ clothes. I would have to skip the kids’ section, too, if I had a girl 🙂
October 5, 2012 at 5:33 pm
I was just doing the same thing. I have both purchased clothing and hand-me-downs. Raegan is just getting into her 9 month clothes so still wearing those 6-12 month clothes. I’ve spacebagged everything just in case we get lucky again. If nothing else I can pass them on to someone else if they have a little girl. I can’t believe how much I had to clean out and then the washing begins on the 12 month clothes. They are still big on her, but well, it’s getting colder and layering will be come necessary…bigger is better 🙂
Buying on sale is always the best and consignment is even better…there is a big baby sale twice a year here and I’m looking forward to going next year so I can make sure she has a full wardrobe again!
October 5, 2012 at 5:59 pm
I have boxes upon boxes of clothes in our garage of all the stuff Aiden has outgrown. It’s embarrassing how many clothes he has. I do agree with you though, I’ve gotten much smarter about buying him practical things that I know fits and that he will wear. I’m a sucker for Aiden in a sweater and jeans too!
October 9, 2012 at 12:03 am
I’m glad I’m not alone 😉
October 5, 2012 at 9:15 pm
That’s a great pic – LMAO! “Um, Maahhhmm… are you done here yet?”
I am still buying a season at a time, and I’m glad that I haven’t bought ahead, because I could have never predicted that my 13-month old would be in 24-month tops and 12-18 month pants. LOL
October 9, 2012 at 12:01 am
This is what worries me, and the reason I won’t do this again if we get a girl next time. I’ve been lucky that Matthew tracks to the sizing guidelines. I could have been in real trouble!
October 6, 2012 at 10:12 am
I feel like I am constantly rotating stuff out and into their closet, it’s crazy how fast these kids grow, right?! We have had tons of hand-me-downs, but as we head into the bigger sizes, 2T+, the hand me downs are dwindling, big time. I started buying clothes in bigger sizes every time I see something on sale (like, a REALLY GOOD SALE) to get a jump on things we’ll need down the road, but it feels like a never ending process. Great shot, he definitely doesn’t look too sure of himself up on that stack 😉
October 9, 2012 at 12:03 am
Yes – 2T seems to be covered for summer for us, but after that, we’re in trouble. I now understand why some people give “big kid clothes” as baby gifts!
October 6, 2012 at 4:25 pm
Good for you for boxing all that stuff up! There’s something very nice about having a closet and dresser full of options, all that fit!!! I love the consignment shops too – I’ve vowed to never pay full price again! Such a cutie!
October 8, 2012 at 11:59 pm
I want to go consigning tomorrow because I think we need a few more long sleeved t-shirts. We’ll see. consigning is addictive. Sigh.
October 8, 2012 at 3:14 am
Hehehe. His expression is priceless! I so wish they had consignment sales/shops here!
October 8, 2012 at 11:58 pm
You must go consigning when you’re back in November!
October 8, 2012 at 8:52 am
I can’t bring myself to put away Chloe’s summer things that I know won’t fit her next year. I think “well she can wear this tank under a sweater” or “she can wear it around the house.” I only buy things season to season b/c I never know what is gonna fit her. Kudos to you for buying well in advance! I hope Chloe doesn’t have a growth spurt in the next few months and need 18 month clothes, cause she ain’t got em! 🙂
That is an adorable picture by the way.
October 8, 2012 at 11:58 pm
I know – we got lucky that he tracked so well with the sizing of his clothes. It was a gamble buying everything in advance. Honestly, I won’t do that again because the odds are not with me that the next child will be sized perfectly to their clothing spans.
“She ain’t got ’em!” I love that!
October 8, 2012 at 8:13 pm
I was like that with 0-3 and 3-6 month stuff, but it all got too fast I can hardly keep up!!! it’s such a job to pack away all of the clothes when the sizes change, and buy new sizes, etc etc!
October 8, 2012 at 11:51 pm
I hate packing it away – we have no more storage space so this lot was way delayed in getting out of the closet (those are 6-12 months clothes which were up in June). Now, they’re sitting in my living room. Sigh.