Mar 22 2012

Sorting through our clothes and creating a spring/summer clothes shopping list


These unseasonably warm temperatures have had me going through my spring/summer clothes much sooner than I expected. Here’s what I’m doing.

The kids:

I got (mostly) caught up on laundry to asses what we have in its entirety. I sorted out items they’ve outgrown, never wore, were stained beyond repair or were getting too worn. Johnny had a pair of pants that were worn by a bunch of little boys and the fabric was finally starting to wear thin. Time to toss ’em.

I saved the wintery clothes that were still in good condition, for some other little kid (be it mine or a friend’s baby, or selling ’em off in a yard sale some day).

Since it’s still only March, it’s entirely possible we’ll have another cold snap. I kept out a few long-sleeved items and some sweatshirts just in case.

I sorted through the hand-me-downs in the next sizes up and pulled out pieces that are mix-and-matchable or otherwise can make a complete outfit. I had some bottoms for Vivienne that were really cute, but I had absolutely no tops to pair with them. Not gunna work.

For her, I need a swimsuit. I think I’ll go with a two-piece item since that’ll probably fit her longer than a one-piece. I’d like a diaper-cover bottom and a rashguard-type shirt to keep her skin more protected. That’s all I’m going to need for her at this point in the season. Woo!

For Johnny, he’ll also need swim trunks and a rashguard shirt. He has an intense dislike/fear of being in water, so I really won’t want to spend much money on it, in case he doesn’t actually swim or splash this year.

He has plenty of shorts but will need a few more t-shirts in the next sizes up, and also a few items for church.

I’m still checking out area consignment and thrift stores for them, and if I can’t find what I’m seeking there, I’ll go to Kohl’s or Target or something, as well as keeping my eyes out for a good neighborhood yard sale.

Side note:I am really missing St. Vincent de Paul’s in Castle Shannon, PA, and The Has Bin on Rt. 88 for cheap, quality second-hand clothes. :/

My husband:

When it comes to clothes shopping for Shane, he has it so easy. He wears button-down shirts and polos to work, along with khakis or dress pants. On weekends, he’ll wear a polo or t-shirt with jeans. Such an easy formula. All we have to do is cull the fading/worn out items and replace them with colors and patterns he likes.

I spotted a good sale on yesterday (it’s now over). Dress shirts were marked down, and there was a 20% coupon code, free shipping, plus 6% cash back from Ebates. Win! I spent 5 minutes choosing shirts and ordered them. If they don’t work, no trouble — I’ll just return them.

He needs 1-2 pair shorts (a jean and a khaki) and he’ll be good for the season.


Oh, ugh. I’ve been sorting my closet by items I like and sorta like, but don’t wear very often. If a “sorta like” item hasn’t been worn recently, I’m sending it on its merry way to a thrift store. Why keep it around?

I’m back to pre-baby weight and I’m going to need some more bottoms and tops. I really try to do a mix-and-match wardrobe, though I’m still learning how to do this more effectively.

I’ve enjoyed this series on building a remixable wardrobe at Putting Me Together. Choosing versatile pieces really does make a difference!

I still need to make an actual list of what I’ll need to round out my spring and summer closet.

I’m taking a break from online clothes purchases for myself. It seems like I really need to just try things on. So, in the next few days (hopefully) I’ll make a list of what I want for myself and hit the stores.

How ’bout you? What’s your method of getting ready for the changing season?

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4 Responses to “Sorting through our clothes and creating a spring/summer clothes shopping list”

  1. I try to do the sorting and stashing of clothes as we go, instead of making it one big unfun project. I keep at least 2 bins for each of the kids on the top shelf of their closet. One receives clothes that they outgrow, and the other is for the next size and/or season. When I notice a peice is too smal, it goes through the laundry, then (if I remember) into the cast-off bin. When we suddenly had amazing weather in March, it only took me 5 minutes to pull out summery outfits for both kids from their “next up” bins. Easy peasy.

  2. My kids, I need to sort through their stuff. One’s 2.5 and the other is 6 months and both are growing like WEEDS. Seems like I have to sort through their stuff every 3 months.

    Congrats on your baby weight loss! I’m still battling with mine. I hate everything I own right now.

  3. While I love the convenience of ordering online, I have found that it just isn’t working for me or my kids anymore. I am tired of settling for a piece of clothing that is ok. I have decided that I will only buy things I love and that fit great. Which means I actually have to go shopping LOL. Fortunately I don’t get motivated to do this often.

  4. Exactly, Jennifer! If I order something online and like it but don’t looove it, I usually don’t bother returning it. Things that I wouldn’t have bought if I was there in a store. It’s frustrating.

    I think now I’m using online clothes shopping to get an idea of what I’m seeking and which stores might have what I want, and then go. By myself. :)

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