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Out With the Old and in With the New – What to do with your child’s outgrown clothes.

School is out!  Hooray! Well at least my little guy is excited.  He is thrilled to get started with summer activities including, swimming, martial arts camp and travel.

A funny thing happened in the past month or so, he had yet another growth spurt.  Many of his school pants are now high -waters and a little snug in the waist.

So we headed to our favorite local stores to get the next size up.  On returning home I noticed his drawers were looking a little stuffed.   So today I am sifting through the closet and the drawers and releasing the outgrown clothes and adding the new ones.

Now what to do with all the outgrown clothes?

Well Little Guy is my last baby so I cannot hand down the outgrown clothes to anyone in my immediate family and all my other relatives live to far away and only have really little ones at home anyway.  But that would be my first choice.


Therefore, I will be donating all of his outgrown clothing to my favorite charity.

I would never consider throwing them in the trash.  I believe that waste is wrong.  I think Mother Teresa said it best:

There must be a reason why some people can afford to live well. They must have worked for it. I only feel angry when I see waste. When I see people throwing away things that we could use.
Mother Teresa

Of course if the item is so used that it is covered in holes I could cut it up into a rag.  But lately he is growing so fast that the clothes are barely worn before he needs the next size up.

In a nutshell, what to do with outgrown clothes:

  1. Donate
  2. Hand Down
  3. Cut into rags if it is past the donating stage and put it in the ragbag.

Simple Daily Challenge for today is to remove all outgrown clothing from your child’s wardrobe and choose which ones to hand down, which to donate and which to add to your rag bag.

p.s.  Have you ever tried explaining high-waters to a seven-year old.  Little Guy could care less if his pants are too short. *sigh*



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  1. Stopping by to stalk you from this week’s Super Stalker Sunday! Thanks for linking up. I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    I’m following you all over the place now!

    Stop by and visit Formula Mom when you get a chance!

  2. It is definately the season for purging from the winter and all the school papers that the kids couldnt live without. I never throw out anything useable either! When donating… even school social workers and local churches will welcome donations for families in need.
    Im following from super stalker hop. I LOVE your blog!

  3. Hi, stopping by from the blog hop and I am now a new follower of your blog thru GFC. I also went ahead and “liked” you on Facebook. I would love to have a follow back on both of these also if you don’t mind. No big hurry, just when you have free time. I remember the times I had to clean out closets and it is not fun what all they have thrown in there! Mine are grown and on their own now so I have more time on my hands and that is how I got into blogging about 5 or so months ago. Hope to see you soon and have a great day!


  4. I’ve recently been using my son’s outgrown clothes and altering them to make them girly for my soon-to-be daughter. Still a hand-me-down, but a sewing project as well 🙂

    New follower from the Super Sunday Stalk!

  5. We’re going through our stuff too. Kids hate it, I love it as they empty and become almost neat again! Nice meeting you. I look forward to more.

  6. We’ve also done the first two options. I am the only girl, so anything of mine that I outgrow or don’t need either goes to my girl cousins or goes in the donate pile (when the pile is big enough, my mom bags the items and takes them to either the local food and clothing bank or a store like Value Village). My youngest brother got my other brother’s hand-me-downs but after him, his stuff has gone the way of mine: to boy cousins or to the donate pile. It’s a nice way to do things 🙂

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