Yes, I know, it's a sign of horribly spoiled children to have as many clothes as mine do. I admit it. Now that we have established my guilt in that we can get on to the topic at hand. I picked up my sweet little (almost) 5 year old at school and she asked to go shopping on the way home. When asked what she wanted to shop for she innocently said clothes. To which I replied with a resounding HA HA! I reminded her that her dresser and closet are so full we can barely close them. But she wanted "new" clothes! Well of course she does, and I'd like new clothes in a size 8 and have them fit me, but that's a whole 'nother post! Being a mom of two girls I saved most of my first daughter's clothes for the second. And I know Pete laughs every time I pull out these bins and toss half the stuff because Brooke wouldn't be caught dead in the "BOY" clothes her sister loved. As the years go by the number of bins of clothes to grow into has decreased greatly, but there are still a few put away. So I suggested we go shopping in her closet. She LOVED the idea. Sometimes I even impress myself with my creativity!
So today we shopped in "Brookie's Store!" For the love of Pete, we seriously emptied her dresser, and refilled it with "new" clothes! Half the stuff in the dresser fell into the "never" even wore it category. Good thing 95% (and on this I am NOT exaggerating) of them were hand me downs and gifts, so I won't feel guilty when I drop the 3 (yep 3) trash bags off at Good Will. On top of that, I left an almost full bin accessible on the floor of her closet with winter clothes in it because there was no room in her dresser for them. Okay, we live in FLORIDA, and we don't really have WINTER but sure as I tuck them away the temperatures will drop and she'll want that long sleeve shirt with the ice skating girls on it, you know she will!
My girls are 4 years apart. So last year when I started this twice a year chore I realized I was pulling out the clothes my oldest was wearing when the "baby" was born. In fact some of the outfits were from matching sister sets. Say it with me now... AAWWWW! Yep they were precious then, when I could pick out clothes, and they would actually wear them without complaint. Where was I? Oh yeah, today I was pulling out clothes that Breanna was wearing when Brooke was one, as in a toddler. I don't know why but this is much harder to fathom for me. Maybe the fact that Breanna is such a tiny kid that there are probably clothes in her own dresser that she wore in kindergarten (okay on this I might be exaggerating a bit). I won't lie, it made me sad. I know, people say it all the time, but they grow up so fast! How could my baby be wearing the clothes Breanna wore in kindergarten? She'll be 5 in 7 weeks... I think I need to go have a good cry now.
PS Brit you know this means there is a shopping bag waiting for you by my front door!