How to deal with your toddler’s outgrown clothes

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Kids have too many clothes. A staggering 70 percent of the people in a survey conducted by White House Black Shutters say so. Which as you can guess leads to a lot of outgrown clothes!

Is it because they need them? Or is it because parents in general just enjoy buying more and more clothes? It becomes hard to keep track and even before you know it, the collection of clothes becomes an overwhelming clutter. 

Toddlers seem to grow by the hour, making their clothes organization a challenge – but you can always do something about it. 

In this article, we will not only discuss how to keep on track with toddlers’ outgrown clothes but also where to buy them, how to label and organize them, and what to do with them after they no longer fit. 

Shop wisely or buy second hand 

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Control your shopping frequency when it comes to toddler clothing. According to Independent Retailer, kids grow out of their clothes within six months, yet nine out of ten moms are spending more on their kid’s clothes than on their own. 

You can strike a balance between quality and affordability by splitting wardrobes into two categories according to price. Buy quality, pricey clothes to be used for special occasions, and affordable clothing for everyday use.

Do your research before you shop and find out where to get the best deals for toddler clothes. You can always shop for second-hand clothes or go to retail stores that offer good discounts.

Not only is buying second-hand toddler clothes practical as kids will outgrow them fast, it’s also eco-friendly. Plus, you can also find more options of good quality clothes for a cheaper price. 

Store or let go of clothes wisely

Limit the number of toddler clothes you wish to keep for sentimental reasons. If possible, limit them to one box. It’s going to be difficult as each piece of clothing holds a specific memory and you may be tempted to keep more than you ought to. So set a specific number you will keep without the clothes right in front of you.

Another way to keep your kids’ old clothes is by sewing them into a quilt so you can keep and still make use of them while avoiding the clutter.

Know which item of clothing to keep as a hand-me-down. Items like socks and underwear need not be kept for second-hand use. Keep quality jeans, jackets, and dresses; let go of worn-out and damaged clothing, and resist the urge to keep all that still looks as good as new. 

Remember that the younger siblings you are saving the clothes for will also be getting some new clothes so you will have to make room for that. Do not hesitate to donate or sell other excess clothes. Do your research, and learn how to sell on Mercari and other online marketplaces.

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Organize clothes by size and by season

You may already have a variety of toddler clothes in different sizes and it will make things easy if you have grouped them so you can get clothes that fit as your toddler grows.

You will be able to easily clear out outgrown clothes if you have them grouped into sizes. 

Keep the next two sizes to fit into hanging in the closet, and the day-to-day clothes in a dresser.  Then keep clothes that are bigger than that and won’t be worn for a while in totes, marked with the size on the outside.

Store away clothes that are not yet being used (seasonal clothes or clothes that are still sized too big) into self-storage units.

Do regular spring and fall cleaning sessions

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Take the time to go through all of the drawers and closets as the new season approaches and have a good old re-organisation of everything. Determine which items should be thrown, donated, sold, and kept for the following year (or for a younger sibling or family member).

You can rotate clothes every six months if you live somewhere where a new season doesn’t entail refreshing the closet.

Now that you have set aside clothes you intend to sell, it’s time to find a good platform for reselling them. A reseller cross-posting app will help you list in multiple marketplaces at once.

Label the clothes categories

Use free printable clothes categories/sizes divider or customize your own design to fit your exact needs. A lot of sample dividers and divider ideas or inspiration can be found online.

Use hard cardboard or any durable material for the divider you can hang along with the clothes. Doing that ensures it will last as long as you need it. 

If you have to store clothes for the long term, chances are you will no longer be able to remember which box contains what; make sure to label each box (be as specific as you can). Invest in uniform quality storage containers so they do not look cluttered. Be organized in storing them as well: make sure that they line up so the label can be seen.


Like any proud parent, you may want to dress your child fashionably. You can splurge on toddler clothes but remember that they will outgrow them fast – so do it sparingly. 

Stick to a budget and remember that you can always go for secondhand clothes. It is way cheaper and no longer hard to find these days. 

When the time comes, learn to let some pieces go because somewhere a parent like you will treasure the very same clothes your child has outgrown.


Gilles Couvreur is the founder of Crosslist, a productivity tool that allows sellers to list quickly on the world’s largest online marketplaces. In his free time, he loves to share simple tips that help resellers reach more customers.

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