It is no secret that our little ones seem to grow by the second. In fact, we may even have a hard time keeping up with them in the clothing department. It may feel like we are always buying them new clothes! What is a mom to do with all of her children’s outgrown clothes? Here are a few solutions:
1. Sell Them: Kid clothes that are in great condition sell very well at consignment sales and garage sales. Look for consignment shops that allow you to sell your outgrown clothes for either cash or for a credit towards other clothes. This can help you save money in the long run. Many moms have also sold clothes through online sites as well.
2. Donate Them: There are many other families in need of clothing, especially children’s clothing. You can even get a tax write-off for donating clothing to certain charity organizations. If you attend church, you may find families in need through your pastor. While it may feel hard to let go of the adorable clothes your children use to wear, donating them to someone in need makes the task more pleasant.
3. Trade Them: If you know a lot of moms, get together and host a potluck and trade. Make sure to invite moms with kids of all ages so that everyone will have something to pick from. This is a fun idea to socialize, get rid of clothing you don’t need, and get some clothing you do need for free.
4. Craft Them: Many moms have a hard time getting rid of sweet little tee shirts or other clothing from when their baby was little. Keep the memories around by turning your favorite pieces into a one of a kind quilt. For clothing items that are not so precious, you can experiment with other types of crafts too. Many clothing items can be cut and used for fabric to make entirely new pieces of clothing, toys, or accessories.
While it may be hard to get rid of your children’s outgrown things, remember that you are just giving away things, not memories. Remember to photograph your children several times a year and keep fun journals of activities of what you did so that you can always have these memories with you, no matter how much they grow.
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**Love this post! I actually do all four suggestions and I think selling my daughter’s outgrown clothes at the consignment sales is my favorite because it helps bring in funds to purchase new clothes for her! All wonderful, helpful suggestions!