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January 21st, 2013 at 5:00 am

The Dreaded Outgrowth

Every year around this time, I put clothes on my boys and they are suddenly too small! It’s like they grow and inch or two overnight. Their arms stick out beyond their sleeves end, their ankles which were once hidden are now showing. Since they were teeny babies this has always¬†surprised me. Obviously, I have a very short term memory.

With boys, it is hard to deal with them growing. Girls, can turn cute dresses into long tops and short pants into capris. That doesn’t work with boys. The more frustrating part is that when it happens during this part of year, I really don’t want to buy an all new “winter” wardrobe that will be used for three months. I can almost guarantee that it won’t fit again when fall and winter roll around again.

You have to buy clothes though, so I try to do it as cost effective as I can. For new stuff, a great option is Garanimals. They have lots of options wether it be pants, sweatshirts, leggings and adorable shirts. Their baby clothes have adorable prints all over them too. When you are in the under 2 years stage I swear outgrowth occurs once a month! Garanimals is very easy on the pocketbook when it comes to replacing outgrown items and wears well too.

Other options are consignment stores and clearance racks. When shopping consignment store racks,  remember to check the length because the items might have shrunk a little. Also, see how the knees look, because nothing is more frustrating than wholey knees.

Something my local moms group has done in the past is hold a clothing swap. Everyone brings in clothes they want to get rid of and swap them for other people’s clothes that their children have outgrown. You don’t need a group to do this, just ask your friends on Facebook. They may not necessarily have items to swap, but may be willing to sell you some at bargain prices. This time of year, the fun is getting rid of stuff!

The second awful part of clothes being outgrown is then getting rid of them. While you are sorting the closet think about what you want to donate, consign or sell at a yard sale, upcycle, or some may just need to be thrown away. It’s not much fun to sort through all the clothes, but the feeling of getting rid of some stuff truly makes up for it!

Kim Ross also writes at  A Little Bit of This and That ~ The Adventures of a Stay at Home Mom.

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