All the Sun For You

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Fall Clean-Up


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  😉

“See ya, 6-12 month clothes! Onward and upward!” (Notice B’s nervous hand … that was actually necessary – Matthew almost tumbled during this shot. HA!)

Author: Courtney

Hi, there, I’m Courtney. I never planned to stay home with my kids, but I got sucked into motherhood when my first baby came into our lives after years of infertility and multiple rounds of IVF. His brother followed closely behind, something we didn’t plan on after having such a rough road with achieving parenthood the first time around. My boys are IVF cycle twins, conceived on the same day but born two years and one day apart (they were both transferred on the same day in October, but with two years between them). My boys are the best of friends and my husband is a terrific husband, father, and most importantly… friend. He fully supported my desire to stay home (“I just wanted it to be your idea and not mine, I totally want you to stay home and raise our kids!”) and encourages me in everything I do. I am a lover of projects, spreadsheets, fitness, healthy cooking and eating, crafts, selling my stuff on FB (HA!), and the outdoors. If I’m active, I’m pretty darn happy!

17 thoughts on “Fall Clean-Up

  1. 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!

    • 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 🙂

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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

    • 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!

  5. 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 😉

    • 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!

  6. 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!

  7. Hehehe. His expression is priceless! I so wish they had consignment sales/shops here!

  8. 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.

    • 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!

  9. 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!

    • 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.

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