Cleaned out the twins' closet

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Cleaned out the twins' closet

How does a small closet hold so much stuff!!!!!???? We ended up with 3 large (as in 33 gallon large) garbage bags, and three diaper boxes full of clothes to get rid of. I need to look through the boxes because I think there are preemie clothes and newborn things in there that I can donate to the local pregnancy crisis center. I figure those girls can use it more than Goodwill, right?

It felt good to get it clean. Now, I just need to inventory the girls' drawers. Then, I can decide if they have enough clothes for fall. I hate trying to plan for seasons. It is so hard. How will they grow? What size will they end up in during the season? I have been burned before by buying too big. When I tell people I struggle with this, I always get weird looks. Then, I remember that not many people have experience with kids at the bottom or that aren't on the growth curve. Lol Most kids actually grow more in a season than mine. Sarafina is still in 12M clothes at 21 months, and will start out the fall season in 12M clothes. If she wasn't so tall, she would actually be in 6-9M clothes weight-wise. And, she isn't really tall, just too tall for the clothing size. Lol

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I recently did the same thing and I was amazed at how much a closet can hold. LOL I am more in line with you - Deacon grows at a much different rate as the clothing sizes so when a new season rolls around we just have to buy clothes as they come out. We can't guess what size he will be at this time next year to get the summer clearance clothes because its so far off. Right now he will be 3 in Nov and his summer clothes are 24 months. He is no where near ready to wear a 3T - which he will be getting from everyone for his bday. We barely started buying 2T the last few weeks.

That's a great idea to donate those clothes to the crisis pregnancy center. I never thought of that - I think I'll do the same thing!

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I just pulled out J's old 12 mo clothes to put in T's closet. T still fits in his 6-9 month, but it takes me forever to sort through and organize his closet, I thought I better get started! (Before he needs the clothes).

It's a lot of work to purge and organize, but it feels so good after!

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"Jenn0113" wrote:

I am more in line with you - Deacon grows at a much different rate as the clothing sizes so when a new season rolls around we just have to buy clothes as they come out. We can't guess what size he will be at this time next year to get the summer clearance clothes because its so far off. Right now he will be 3 in Nov and his summer clothes are 24 months. He is no where near ready to wear a 3T - which he will be getting from everyone for his bday. We barely started buying 2T the last few weeks.

I am glad to know that others have to buy as the clothes come out. I had someone tell me I was not frugal enough because I often ignore clearance racks. When I explained that I cannot guess how big my kids will be, she thought that I needed to look at how they grew in the past year! What!!! They are not even 2, their growth was so fast from birth until now, but it keeps slowing down. How do you predict from past growth when you know that it slows down from here on out? It really irked me because she acted like I just was throwing my money away. Ummm....buying clearance is what throws my money out the window. When the clothes don't fit, I am out that money, even if it is a few bucks!!!

As for the 3T clothes, the good thing is that he hopefully should fit into those clothes next fall. If I am buying clothes for a friend's child, I always ask what size they are currently wearing or what size they would prefer that I buy. That way I get a more accurate size and they can actually wear the outfit. I had some people give me cute clothes as gifts in bigger sizes before the girls were born. Some have worked out, and others the girls will probably never be able to wear because they are wearing that size in the wrong season for the outfit. I appreciate the clothes so much, but I wish they would fit. Lol

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I've decided to stop trying to figure out what size of clothing to buy ahead of time. Aiden is in 18 month clothing for rompers and onesies, 12 month for pants and shirt separates (though some is getting to be too small). I have a bunch of 18 month winter clothing. Half won't get worn (at least a good portion was given to me). I totally did not plan for my kid to be this giant at 9/10 months.

ETA: I have all of Aiden's clothing he's grown out of separated by size in huge ziplock tote bags. I have future clothing separated by size and season in bags too. I'm way too organized with his clothes. It's more organized than most of my house. lol

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ETA: I have all of Aiden's clothing he's grown out of separated by size in huge ziplock tote bags. I have future clothing separated by size and season in bags too. I'm way too organized with his clothes. It's more organized than most of my house. lol

I did this with my DS. I had separate containers for specific sizes. That was because we planned to have more kids and I wanted it organized. Biggrin Then, we had fertility issues, finally had the twinkles, AND THEY WERE BOTH GIRLS!!! ROFL The organization came in handy when I started passing my DS's clothes out to all of my friends with boys. With the girls, we knew we were not having more, so I was just packing stuff away in that closet. Smile

You know, I think the opposite side of the spectrum is just as frustrating. A child that is growing faster than you anticipated creates the same problem. What size to buy? It is hard. I just keep reminding myself that eventually they will start to grow about one size per year. That way if you buy too big, you know they will eventually wear it and have a season to wear it in. Biggrin

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I was the same way with organizing all of Deacon's stuff. This time I'm going to have a garbage bag and a tote in the closet. Garbage bag are clothes we won't keep and will sell or give away and tote will be the ones I want to save for her. I saved every single thing of Deacon's and have like 7-9 totes in the attic. Now I need to clear those out since this LO is a girl.

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My kids are little too. Alicia grew right on size until 1 year...and is now wearing a 18M short at 3 years old. She wears a 2 in pants, for length but I have to take pretty much all of them in. DJ seems to be the same...he will be 2 in October but is wearing a 12M short if I'm lucky and his 12M jeans still fit. I think he will grow a lot like Alicia. The good thing is that they get a TON of wear out of their clothes. I think he will start out the winter in the same 12M he finished last winter and then grow into his 18M. I buy most of the pants unisex as much as possible, so as she outgrows the jeans, he's just growing into them. I know what you mean about gifts though...we have several outfits neither of them wore. I then to buy a season ahead, but I buy used and that is often what is for sale. I just box it up and they generally wear it, one year or the next.

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"melnzai" wrote:

I need to look through the boxes because I think there are preemie clothes and newborn things in there that I can donate to the local pregnancy crisis center.

Great idea!