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Can a few folks tell me their thoughts on saving kids clothes from one to another?<br><br>
Here's our situation: We currently have 2 girls, ages 4 and 2 so I have saved everything from oldest to youngest. We are undecided at this point if we will be having any more but it is possible so I have been boxing up everything from the youngest and putting the boxes in the basement. We almost always buy second hand so its not as if I have a lot tied up in these clothes but I am wondering if I should be passing the items that the little one has outgrown on or if it makes more sense to hold on to them? We generally do not receive hand-me-down because we live across the country from our families so it is not as if I can count on receiving anything if we were to have another child.<br>
Just to give you an idea as to how much "stuff" I am talking about we have one 30 gallon tote for each clothing size (ie 1 tote for 3-6 months, 1 tote for 6-9 months etc). BTW I know this probably sounds like a lot of clothes to some but we do not have our own washer and dryer so we only get to do laundry about once per week. We also have two totes of infant toys and I don't know if I should be keeping...<br><br>
What do the rest of you do with kids clothes/toys?
 

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If you think that there is a strong possibility of TTC in the next year I would say yes keep them, but I would weed out anything that you dont adore. And donate the rest.
 

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I have two boys--3 and 8 mos. I save clothes between the boys. I have gotten rid of almost everything that the baby has outgrown even though we are 95% sure that we will have more kids. It was easy to come by in the first place, I don't have storage space for it, and there's always the issues of season/gender matching.
 

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I would weed out things your kids never really wore or things you don't like as much. Save your faves for now. If you know where you can get used stuff cheaply, you can be even more ruthless. You might also get hand me downs from friends with kids your age, who don't end up having more kids.<br><br>
I've been saving all of ds's clothes for my sister, but lately I've been going through and choosing just some to save. It is hard because baby clothing is both cute and useful! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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I would go through them and weed them out. I have 2<br>
30 gallon totes of clothes and shoes from newborn all the way to 3T. I have 1 30 gallon tote of toys, books and bedding. I am going to be weeding them out again because I am having a yard sale soon. We are TTC #2 so I will be keeping about 50% of it. I will be keeping everything that is gender neutral. Most of the toys will go since they are mostly plastic. I am trying to move away from the plastic toys.
 

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I would go through the bins (especially those your youngest has outgrown) and get rid of the things that you didn't use very much or didn't love. I have gone through what I kept from my kids and each time, I am able to let go of more things. As I sorted, I realized how few outfits I actually used out of all of them b/c they were my favorites to but on the kids. The rest aren't special to me and I doubt I would use them again for a future child, so out they went.
 

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I agree with pps - weed through and get rid of what you can stand to get rid of and then keep the rest. I kept my 2 year olds clothes and toys and I'm so glad I did! Now that we are having boy #2 I love not having to buy stuff, register for stuff, etc....plus no one is throwing us a shower this time around anyway so we really do need it all!! Not only are we saving money, but time as well!
 

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Well..if you get rid of all of it, you will for sure get preggers<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I think bringing the last of the baby stuff to goodwill triggers ovulation...<br>
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I save clothes getting rid of anything I don't love and use.<br><br>
We have 3 girls and have no clue what the 4th is.<br><br>
We have plenty of room for storage so no issue there IMO
 

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Save the things that you LOVE, and then find someone who needs the rest of it more than you do.<br><br>
I'm very lucky in that I have a friend who is challenged financially and expecting a little boy in a few months. EVERYTHING is going to her. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I just got excited because my DS outgrew a bunch of his PJs and I could just stick them in the "Owen Box". Plus, it's nice to know that it's going to get used, which it wouldn't (except maybe as a spider nest) sitting in my basement waiting for us to TTC in 6 months or so.
 

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Well what I did was just keep the stuff I really liked. If it was something someone gave me and I wasn't very fond of or something that was stained or anything maybe I bought just because it was a good deal and it wasn't that cute I would give away or sell. Everything else I did keep and we have in the attic. It is a lot of stuff but that is one of the main expenses when having kids so it was important to me to keep the things that may be used again.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Well..if you get rid of all of it, you will for sure get preggers<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I think bringing the last of the baby stuff to goodwill triggers ovulation...<br>
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This is true! I got rid of a lot of baby stuff last winter. We had agreed we'd only have 2 children. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
To answer the original question, I kept *everything* in rubbermaid/sterlite boxes organized by size. Fortunately, I had the storage space.
 

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I kept everything from ds to dd because we were sure we would want to have at least two kids. Now we aren't sure if there will be more kids and I have donated some of the clothes already and I'm going to get rid of some more. If I didn't use something for two kids, I'm most certainly won't use it in the future either. I keep only the clothes that I adore.<br><br>
My cousin is having a surprise baby this spring and she has tossed everything a long time ago. We are going to lend all baby stuff to her (like diapers, car seat etc.) We will have another year to think about tossing them.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">My cousin is having a surprise baby this spring and she has tossed everything a long time ago. We are going to lend all baby stuff to her (like diapers, car seat etc.) We will have another year to think about tossing them.</div>
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Yeah, these are the things that I am having a hard time parting with... the car seat, the diapers and covers, and for some reason the aquarium baby swing my mother bought DS as a newborn. I think because the ones we have are way, way nicer than anything I would ever chose to buy myself (or, in the case of diapers, took a long time to accumulate) and so I'm struggling to let them go. I still can't decide whether giving them away is the right thing or not -- we KNOW we'll be trying for a second baby, but we also know there's a big cross country move between us and TTC.
 
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