How to Organize “Hand Me Down” Clothes

Do you need to clean out the clothes that no longer fit your children?  Do you have some baby clothes that you’d like to save?  Follow these steps to keep your hand-me-downs organized.

Step 1:  Go through the current clothes for your smallest child.  In this case, I’m working with clothes for two-year old, sizes 24 months and 2T.

Separate the clothes into categories:

  • Bring to Consignment Store/ Give to Friends
  • Donate
  • Keep

You may choose to keep some clothes for various reasons:

  • Is it a sentimental outfit?
  • Would you like to save the clothes for a future grandchild?
  • Can you make something with the outfits?  Perhaps a blanket or a quilt with the pajamas?
  • Or, maybe they can go to a museum when your little one becomes famous. 🙂

Regardless of the reason, there are some clothes you will want to save.  Just be sure to wash them first, and pack them away appropriately so they stay safe.

Hand Me Down Clothes 2

Step 2:  Set up new clothes and hand-me-downs from older children.  Just unpack the bin with the new size (in this case 3T).  Now you’re finished with the youngest child.

Step 3:  Next, go through your oldest child’s clothes.  In this case, I’m working with a size 5.  Use a similar system:

  • Keep clothes for younger child
  • Donate or toss clothes that are worn out
  • Bring unwanted clothes to Consignment Store, or give to a friend

Do this step right, and you’ll won’t regret it.  Group sizes together: all of the size 5 clothes.  You can make an exception if a shirt is labeled as 4-6.  Determine how it fits, and keep it with that size.  In our case, the shirt was labeled 4-6.  It ran right in the middle, so we kept this shirt with our size 5 clothes.

Step 4:  Package up clothes you plan to hand down to a younger child.  We prefer the Extra-Large Ziploc Bags to store the clothes.  You can also reuse the storage bags.

Label the bags with a marker.  For example: 5T – Winter.  If you have clothes for boys and girls, you’ll also want to mark this on the label.

Hand Me Down XL Ziploc

Then, put the large bags in a clear plastic tub with cover for safekeeping.

Hand Me Down Bins

Label the tubs so you can easily see the sizes.  Put the bins with the smallest sizes on top, since you’ll use these first.

Hand Me Down Label

 

Happy organizing!  If you need a more ideas, check out the following articles:

Planning to donate some clothes?   How to Keep Track of Your Charitable Contributions

Need to do some shopping for children’s clothes?  Back to School Shopping Checklist

Do you have too many shoes for your family?  How to Organize the Shoes in Your Entryway

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