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Let me just say that this is not a bad problem to have, and I feel super fortunate.<br><br>
I am having a hard time staying on top of all the hand me downs people seem to just bring in my house. My mom brings them in. My husband brings them in. My father-in-law even brought some in. Everyone has super cute, name brand, expensive girl clothes I would never buy myself. I plan on keeping some and selling them at consignment stores. Some are really nice smocked dresses that I am supposed to keep in the family.<br><br>
I quickly sort through each bag once, immediately placing them into another pile to give away, and a keep pile.<br><br>
I need to get some bins so I can just label them and rotate the clothes out. Right now she's in 3-6 months and some 6-9 months. I have 0-3 just sitting in piles around her floor!<br><br>
What system do you find works for you? Do you hang or store in the drawers or bins?
 

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clothes that we are going to keep that are outgrown? definitely stored in bins.<br><br>
clothes that are current? hung up or in the drawers.<br><br>
clothes for the future? in bins.<br><br>
how old is your dd? there is no point in keeping, for example, a wooly jumper that is labelled 12 months when it will be summer when she is 12 months old. i would weed through clothes that way first to get rid of the totally unsuitable ones, then weed through them again to get rid of any you don't particularly like or might be uncomfortable, then store in bins with a 3 month span label (so 6-9m, 9-12m etc).
 

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Unless she grows fast or slow. I've had kids wearing 12mon size at 6months of age.
 

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I would just use plastic storage boxes for each size. Then, when hand-me-downs arrive, they go in the box - you can sort/deal with them one at a time, as she grows into them.<br><br>
OR if you wind up with more clothing than the bin will hold - go through and cull at that time.<br><br>
Once she grows and you empty a box to obtain new clothing for her, her outgrown clothing can go in that box.
 

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Bins, labeled with gender, season, and size. ("Boys 4T summer", etc.)<br><br>
I keep only what fits in the rubbermaid, and I donate the rest. I was recently gifted with approximately 9 lawn garbage bags full of girls' clothing. I only have one girl - and she sure didn't need 29 pairs of 4T pants!! - no matter how awesome and wonderful they all were. I kept what I needed and donated the rest. I hope another thrift-shop mama is blessed by them. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Use a plastic storage box for each size.<br><br>
But also set a limit for how many clothes in each size you will keep. Because with a baby girl you WILL be given more hand-me-downs than your daughter can wear. Even if they are all clothes you love, there's no reason a baby needs ten fancy dresses or twenty pairs of socks or five bathing suits or seven pajama sleepers (for example) so get a box the size that can fit a seasonal wardrobe and after things no longer fit choose what to keep and what to donate.<br><br>
My personal 'keep' number in each size:<br>
3-4 sleepers<br>
10 outfits<br>
3-4 dresses<br>
Assorted miscellaneous clothing items.
 

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You've gotten good advice already. I'd just like to add that I only strore 1 Rubbermaid bin per year. So I have one bin for 0-12 mos. And I've pared down and ony have one bin for 12-3T. It sounds like you'll have no problems getting hand me downs in the future. Just keep what you love and gender neutrals in case you have another baby in the future. Don't keep anything out of guilt. I hate it when I do that. It just weighs you down. So much nicer to know that another kid could use it.
 

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i also go back through about every 6 mo or so and reeval...there are usually things i decide to let go at that point. now that i have a girl AND and boy the clothes are literally breeding in my basement. my criteria for keeping once they have outgrown it is:<br><br>
1. excellent condition<br>
2. wardrobe staple in basic colors (pj, jeans, dresses, etc)<br>
3. i LOVED it on them and would be excited for another lo to wear it<br><br>
because, i know that friends/family will continue to bless us with baby/kid clothes and i know i love to shop and can find a million adorable things on ebay. so why hold on to stuff someone else can use now when we have no lo on the way. plus, it feels so good to have it contained and tamed. grin.
 
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