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I have a 2yo(almost 3) dd that runs small. I have a SIL that's giving me hand me downs for 4-5 year old clothes(she's got 2 dds at the 6-9 age range), which dd will obviously not fit into for a while. I also have a mom who likes giving dd clothes, as dd is her only grandchild. Between the two sources, I haven't needed to buy any clothes. So I was thinking of giving away the hand me downs, so I don't have to store it. Plus SILs clothes are not just first hand, but second hand. They are in good shape still, but dd has way too many clothes. Maybe I'll keep a few items so SIL won't know I got rid of all. But a lot of her clothes don't really fit our life either, like winter type stuff and sunday dresses.
 

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I'm just finally accepting the fact that most of my first daughter's clothes just need to be given away once she outgrows them. All her stuff we've gotten second hand (most from friends) and for a few years it worked to save them for her little sister, but the last few years rarely does that work. They are just built so differently! One is broad shouldered with wide hips, long body and short legs, and the other is tiny boned, short torsoed and long legged. And they are comfortable in very different styles (even undies... one has to have small low rise and the other likes big over the belly briefs and they are just miserable in anything else!). I was keeping clothes around for years having little sis try them on over and over at least twice a year to see if they fit yet, and even the rare time they do they are so uncomfortable to her she doesn't want to wear them... so now I'm finally letting go and passing those things on (I just keep telling myself just because they are the same gender doesn't mean they can wear the same clothes!). It just doesn't make sense to store a big box of clothes if after years maybe one or two items might be usable... so much easier just to go to the second hand store and find those couple of items that she will actually like! (and in the mean time somebody else can actually be getting use out of those clothes that would otherwise be taking up space in my home).<br><br>
So, anyways, this was a rather long way to say, yeah, I think you've got a great idea there getting rid of most of it rather than storing it for years, especially since they don't fit your life. It took me almost 10yrs to figure this one out.
 

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Yeah, I feel like I'm drowning in kids clothes. I suggest you keep things that you absolutely love. Something unique or just too cute. Something that you would choose if you were buying it. Chances are you'll get plenty of white tshirts and jeans as they are needed. If you don't end up getting clothes at the time and you can't/don't want to buy new, there are often kids clothes offered up on Freecycle.<br><br>
Now if only I had the courage to take my own advice. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">:
 

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The flip side of this problem is that I have a cousin that's going to have a baby girl in Sept. I still have some baby clothes, and was debating giving them some, but if I know their parents, they'll be in the same situation I'm sure. I think I could freecycle half of the stuff and still have stuff to give them.<br><br>
It's kind of interesting to see the clothes from my SIL are all navys, plaids and heavyweights and wools while the stuff my dd(and mom!) likes are all lightweight tropical brights. I think it kind of reflects the backgrounds but we do live in Florida, and I try to keep the AC a little higher than SIL probably does. It's funny, but this same SIL has 2 dds, and she was talking about how the younger wouldn't wear the stuff that the older had worn a lot, but she did like the clothes the older didn't like/wear that much. I'm sure she picked out the best of the bunch, but argh! More stuff to deal with. I was just looking through the stuff from last time and there's clothes for a 6 year old. You know, i'm pretty sure she won't remember whether she gave me something by then, unless she sees it on dd.
 

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I have mom buy DD clothes and get hand-me-downs from various sources such that I, too, have had very little need to buy anything (except a few coordinating items when it seems she has six pairs of pants that don't match any of her shirts, etc.) I take anything too big and stuff it in a sea bag in the back of DD's closet, along with off-season clothes. Then every few months I pull out anything seasonal that fits, and in her active wardrobe I weed out anything stained, outgrown, too worn, that matches nothing, that she hasn't gotten attached to, etc. Things out of season/too big go back in the bag. As I have a DD both small for her age and skinny for her height(37 in. and 26-27 lbs.), nothing seems to fit right.<br><br>
This post reminds me that we're due for a weeding of her wardrobe before leaving for my mom's for the summer...the stuff mom bought her in fall, thinking it'd still fit in spring because it was big on her, is too small!
 
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