First just let me say how extremely thankful I am to receive hand-me-downs. I used to be too cheap/frugal to buy brand new kids’ clothes, but now I’m also just too damn time-constrained to do it as well. Leisurely shopping…what’s that??? So to all my friends and neighbors that give me the cutest girl and now boy hand-me-downs, I LOVE YOU for it.
However, I’ve been DREADING going through Henry’s clothes. But his poor body just can’t be jammed into those 12 month jammies anymore. They’re supposed to be pants, not capris. And the pink 18 month onesie he’s been wearing to bed isn’t exactly acceptable. It was the only thing I could find in the girls’ closet that would fit him. Not that I’m against men wearing “salmon”, but this is GIRLIE. Oops.
But one thing other moms don’t warn you about…the clothing hell of season or size change-out. Especially when you have multiple kids. It can be storage hell and just plain time consuming hell trying to be sure your kid is clothed.
So I’ll admit I used to laugh at my BFF when her 3rd child’s clothes looked a little off-size. Too big or too small at times when I’d be babysitting. I GET IT NOW. She was just trying to at least clothe the child. And at times, that’s the goal of the day…covering body parts.
I’ve had a HUGE bin and a garbage bag of stuff to sort through for Henry sitting in my Dining Room for weeks. I finally went through it tonight and wouldn’t ya know…kid could have been in football or dinosaur jammies this whole time! I’m sure his short time in pink will well-round him…and probably won’t be his last.
So here’s what I have to wash tomorrow…basket is for now, pile is for cooler weather.
Here’s what’s now in the 24-month and up pile…not sure he’ll be in that blue monster this Halloween:
Um, see the bag hidden behind the stroller, beach bag that still needs put away from vacation, and grocery cart? Yep, that’s a bag of boy hand-me-down shoes I got back in MAY.
And I’ll have to start thinking about the girls and fall soon. I went to the zoo with a dear friend Friday and she unloaded these two bags of girls’ clothes on me. So that’s next on my list.
And here’s where it all lives once it makes it past the
dining holding room and sorting. Or after it’s been through one kid and waiting on another. What do some of you do without basement storage???