We are so fortunate to receive hand-me-downs from multiple families, but it is more than we need. I'm brainstorming how much to keep for each size so I can donate the rest. TIA for your input! :-)
Crunchy mama to DS (born 10/08) and DD (born 07/11). I'm also a childbirth educator, birth doula, and urban homesteading hopeful.
For my 5 year old dd I have at least 20 tops and 10 bottoms. My DD also has about 8 dresses, 5 skirts and 5 or 6 pair of leggings
DS who is 7 has about 20 tops, 8-10 pair of pants/ sweats and 5 hoodies
DD who is 9 has 5 or 6 pairs of jeans, a jillion leggings and probably 25 tops and sweaters
DD who is 13- who knows - it's all over her floor
\For the younger 3- if they don't wear it- it goes!
I keep clothing without stains and tears for the next child when the older one grows out of it. If you aren't planning on having more children Id say save a few favorites (just in case) and give the rest to someone who can use it.
I have the same issue and keep about 10 days worth (so more outfits for little ones). I wash every week so it gives me wiggle room.
To keep for handing down in our family, I keep a little more, but never put it in the closet for different gender/fit/season
Mama to Monkey (Jan '09), Bee (May '11), and Cat (August, '13)
I was just coming here to ask that same question. We get a million hand me downs from my nieces and my MIL usually buys a few outfits, both of which are a huge blessing! It's a lot though. I already go through and get rid of things often but I still feel like it's more than we need. Looking at the numbers here maybe it's not so bad though. It's also not like I'm over-buying and wasting our money but I just don't want to hoard. I do try to look at things and get rid of/pack away what doesn't get worn or I don't like. Without going to count I'd say they both probably have at least 15-18 outfits but they are messy kids so many times we do go through more than one.
ETA: I know it's not better but sometimes i fantasize about throwing it all out and starting from scratch because I would buy differently. My SIL shops for outfits whereas I would probably go for more versatile things that I could layer in the winter. e.i. (because I have girls) dresses in the summer that they could then wear leggings and a long sleeve tee under in the winter.
Becky- Wife to DH, Mama to "Nani" (July '08) "Coco" (July '10) and expecting one very wiggly baby boy in May 2013!
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