Big Family Clothes Swapping & Storage Solutions
8 kids is a lot. It’s not “19 and counting” or anything, but it’s still a lot. The bigger our family has gotten, the more I’ve had to up my game when it comes to swapping out sizes and finding good organizing solutions for clothes.
Here’s what standing in line looks like when I take my youngest 7, plus 2 buddies, to Costco:
Two carts’ worth, folks.
And the birthdays are virtually non-stop around here as well. Sometimes we do fancy store-bought cakes (Costco’s chocolate is just about the best around), but often we’ll do homemade ones.
Silas (our 8 year old) made the cake and icing for this one last month.
Luke & Theo’s birthdays are 9 days apart, so we celebrate them together.
With this many kids, we change out clothing bins often. Sizes change, seasons change, and I’m basically always in a mode of thrift-store-shopping for good deals so I can replenish our boys’ clothes with long-lasting, good-quality pieces at prices we can afford.
Here’s a 7-minute video about what that process looks like, a little bit of how I decide what to keep, and which style bins are my favorite:
As I mentioned in the video, because:
- the lids are attached,
- they’re easy to open/close,
- I never have to look for lids,
- they’re sturdy as all get out,
- and did I mention I don’t have to worry about lids?
THESE are my favorite tubs! (The link is a set of 6.)
IN THE COMMENTS: Please share– what are your best tips for making this clothing-swap process easier?
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