If you didn't read Getting Your Child’s Closet Organized – Part 1 last week, click here to read it before moving on to part 2!
Step Two – The FUN Part
This step hardly feels like work. Because now you are ready to shop! With your list (or your super-memory) handy, you can see exactly what you need and you won’t overbuy items you don’t need and miss items you were short on.
Make sure you buy a size bigger than the items that are fitting right now. The keep-pile you painstakingly sorted out earlier will keep your child going until the bigger stuff fits. And you should be okay at least until the end of the season (when stores put the fall things on sale and you can add to your collection at a decent price). Of course your child could do something completely unplanned such as have a growth spurt in the middle of the season. Unpredictable creatures they can be.
Keep in mind that children go through a set of clothes much quicker than adults, so unless you love doing laundry, make sure you keep enough items on hand to get through a week of spills, close encounters with grass and/or mud and… other accidents.
Step Three – Do We Really Have to Part?
For some step three will be painful. For others it will be joyful. We are going back to the “too-small” pile. The one you put in a plastic tote (or two, or three…). You didn’t think we would just leave it there did you, cluttering up your basement?
Clothes and shoes that are outgrown are really of no use to you anymore. Unless you are passing them down to a younger child you really should let them go. Now, I’m not saying get rid of everything. If there are items that have special meaning to you, by all means save them. But ask yourself if it is really the piece of clothing that means that much to you, or the memory of your child in it? Maybe there are pictures of your child wearing the clothes that you can keep instead?
Once you have picked out your keepsakes, it’s time to decide what to do with the rest. There are lots of options, for example, consign them, give the items to a friend or relative who needs them, or sell them privately. I will focus on the consignment since that is our area of expertise. To consign clothes means to leave them in a consignment store for sale. The store will do their best to display your items and give them exposure to a large customer base. In return, they keep a percentage of the selling price. Your portion of the split can usually be used as a store credit (which comes in handy when it’s time to refill the closets) or be taken as a payout.
If you have consigned before, you will likely already have made an appointment for the fall and winter season. In this case, give the clothes a wash just before bringing them to your appointment to make them as fresh and clean as possible.
If you have never consigned before, chances are you are too late to bring this batch in for the current fall and winter season. Every store is different of course, but most book up quite a bit in advance. Leave the clothes in their tote and be sure to book an appointment for the next fall and winter season in a few months. Once your appointment comes up, wash the clothes to freshen them up.
You are almost done getting your child’s closet organized! Check back next week for the last part of this article, and find out what to do with the summer clothes!