Monday, May 28, 2012

Conquering the Beast!

The beast, my friends are the seasonal clothes...

This is a mere fraction of the clothes we have to go through...

Hubby walked upstairs,
He took one look at all the piles,
and said...
"now this is the dark side of adoption..."
"God Bless you honey!"

He asked if there was anything he could do to help?

"Just make a walkway dear!"

With 6 girls and 2 boys there are so many clothes to go through...

four seasons

8 growing children


There is not enough room in the closets to keep all the clothes in there.

So I have to put the off season clothes in boxes under the beds or down in the storage room.

I need to do this twice a year...

Does anyone have any better ideas on how to handle this?

We did find 3 boxes of clothes downstairs for Ava!
She was thrilled and the others were a bit jealous.
She got 5 semi new jammies, endless skirts and tops and enough shorts to last her through the summer!
In fact now she has more summer clothes than there are summer days in MN!

Next year Anna and Abby will have plenty to wear!

And so will...

Oh, I think I will stop there!



Faye Verquer said...

Spill it sister! Who else is coming home??!!! I am so excited for you. When do you anticipate traveling?

THis is what I go through as well, my "beast" is all over my bedroom floor right now....gotta tackle that tomorrow!

Anonymous said...

I store everything in the same place and label my boxes by gender and size. That way it's easy to grab clothes for a particular child when I need these clothes again next season.

When your youngest outgrows the smallest size, simply donate the entire box of clothes that no longer fit him or her.


Angie said...

I panic when I have to do this for my 5 kiddos. Charlie lucks out and has lots of clothes from his big brothers, Amarin get's Jacob's clothes, and we have a friend here who has been giving clothes to Jacob. The girls...well, they in the same size so they just get new! I store a bins, too. I don't know of a better way!

Yvette said...

Ugh, right there with you with piles everywhere. Luckily we have a friend adopting another little person to jsut send Fei's to, but oh the boys are killing me this year and what to do with the "might fit the baby but really not sure!"

Tiffany said...

I'm with Faye, spill it sister!! I have checked your blog a hundred times a day (ok, slight exaggeration), for an update on Mia and to see who else is coming home--oh! and I did forget to say Happy Birthday to you. But I'm not saying it till you give us an update!!LOL!

Holly said...

ha ha ha. You are naughty and funny. I think you should write a book. I mean it! :) In your spare time ;)
Do we get to vote on names again? ;)

Love for Lilly Yin said...

I did see the Duggars Laundry room, and thought it was brilliant! They have all the washing machines and dryers in a huge room, and everyones clothes is in that room as well.

Rylands family said...

Hey Jean! I may be selling a very nice fur coat (full length) to raise funds for our next adoption. Let me know if any of your cold weather friends would like info. Needless to say, I don't get to wear it much down here in Charleston! Good luck with the seasonal clothing.... Angie

Pam said...

I fight the same battle as you~ and I've only got 5 at home. It IS such a chore.

Oh, and you are so BAD, Jean. Teasing your readers like this. :) Looking forward to seeing who your newest treasure is!

anyabar1987 said...

Something I have discovered that works really well for storing my own personal belongings are the space saver bags and then if everything is stored according to size. and then with the space saver bags as you put them away you could put the bags under the next child in line bed so that they are already sorted and where they belong.

I discovered your blog a while ago through the Peterson's blog and have enjoyed hearing about your adventures.

kippi said...

Um..have the kids sleep in the closet and hang the clothes in their room? Just kidding :)In MN the way you are doing it is just the way we have to do it. It would be nice to have larger closets or laundry rooms or wherever you store your clothes but most of us don't have that option.
Good luck!

Janet said...

One reason we bought this house...every bedroom has walk in closets=)
....that was 5 kids ago. We have added double racks. Boys pants do not hang, but stack on shelves.
I have tried to narrow buying only navy and beige pants for the boys.
In girls closet, one side is winter, 1 side summer. All their playclothes go in drawers.
Hope therer is something there you can use.

You are so naughty!!

Anonymous said...

What??!!! I don't know if I can stand the suspense!! :)