Counting the Cost:
Kids’ Clothing Storage SAVES money, but it also COSTS money.
Like anything else, you need to determine:
Savings vs Cost
I added up that each of my clothing totes saves me $100 of clothing that I would otherwise replace sale clothes or at Goodwill clothes.
Also, I have to store each of those clothing totes an average of 3 years. So on average each tote saves me $33 a year.
(Most people will have to store their clothes longer since most don’t have a new baby every 17 months.)
However, it also costs me storage space, sanity, and stress.
I didn’t put a dollar figure on how much storage costsme, but I gave myself a maximum storage tote number to stay at.
Here’s how I decided HOW MUCH to Keep:
I decided that I only have a place for 26 plastic totes in my basement.
(Photos, Tableware/Kitchen, 4 Christmas, Linen Closet Overflow, 2 Books, Special Toys kids will grow into in next couple years, Craft/Sewing Box, 4 totes for my husband’s teaching business, Formalwear, Kids’ Shoes, Maternity clothes, 2 Nostalgia, and only SIX storage boxes for the kids’ clothing).
From looking at this list, I’m thinking I should pare down some more on the other stuff too…
Beyond that, I start running out of room in the basement.
That tells me that -
-I don’t have space for keeping much extra AT ALL
-I need to fit multiple sizes in one box
-Items that won’t be used for longer periods SAVE ME LESS (My son just outgrew 4t pants, but it will be 5 years before another boy [if I got pregnant now with a boy - something which my girl-friendly family genetics make less then likely] would wear them so it will only save me AT MOST $20 a year to save his 4t clothing. However, my daughter just outgrew her 3t clothing, and my next daughter will wear it next year. It will SAVE me $100 to store a box of those clothes.)
I hate sorting and figuring out clothes, and my husband has repeatedly offered for me to just buy new for the kids each year, but from this chart, I can see that the saving a percentage is still worth it to me.
In the end, I came up with some methods that saved us the most with a lessoned burden of kids’ clothing storage. Check out my next post on the logistics of kids clothing storage.