With temperatures cooling down in my hometown of Philly, I know my kids will be bugging me for pants and sweatshirts. It’s time for my twice yearly seasonal clothing switch.
With 5 kids in our family, I’ve been storing clothes for almost 19 years. When I started storing boy clothes, we only had one child, our oldest son. Despite a miscarriage when he was 4 years old, I continued to store his old clothes until we had another son when my oldest was 7 years old. Because we stored the clothes in plastic boxes in our attic, my youngest son was able to wear some of the clothes his oldest brother had worn.
Living in an area with 4 seasons and limited storage in our home for 7 people means I need to store lots of clothes and shoes. I store the main wardrobe in our attic with the shoes stored in boxes in one bedroom and snow gear stored in the basement.
Since space is limited in my children’s shared bedrooms, I keep out of season clothes stored in plastic storage bins in our attic crawl space. I use plastic to protect the clothes from the elements, and just in case our roof ever leaks. The plastic bins are easy to move and easy to stack on our second floor landing when I do the twice yearly seasonal clothing switch.
Supplies for Storing Off Season Clothes
I use the large plastic totes to store our clothes. Each tote holds one size of clothing for my boys. I label the size on the outside of the container. I keep our uniform items in separate storage totes with one for pants and shirts, one for shirts, one for gym clothes, and one for sweaters and miscellaneous items.
The Process for Switching Clothes
To get ready for the seasonal clothing switch, I have bins on our second floor landing. Donated clothes, new clothes, clothes being put away all go in the bin. Once I’m confident we won’t need the previous season’s clothes, I pull out all the boxes and spend about an hour switching clothes and putting them away in drawers. I leave the boxes out for a week in case I missed anything.
I go through the clothes I’m putting away and get rid of any with stains or tears. I also go through the boxes and get rid of clothing I know my kids won’t wear. Since I accept clothing donations from everyone, I know I need to clean out the clothes periodically.
To help me stay organized with buying clothes for my 5 kids, I have a list of basic wardrobe items for each child. I include the current size and do a separate sheet for the next size up. Having the lists helps me take advantage of sales and clearance items when I find them.