The benefits of having two princesses in the family— hand me down clothes, shoes, toys and other girly stuff go straight to the little one. I am glad that my older daughter doesn’t mind giving away her stuff to her little sis when it doesn’t fit her anymore. On the other hand, my youngest accepts it wholeheartedly and even takes pride most of the time that what she’s wearing is from her big sissy.
Some people think that it’s a pity for the little one to have second hand items but I say it’s not. It’s the most practical thing to do. Of course, I still choose if big sissy’s dress or shoes still looks new or at least presentable enough for her little sister’s consumption. If it looked old and worn out, I pack them and give it to those less fortunate people who would usually knock on our door, saying they’ve been victims of flood or fire. Nothing goes to waste.
Here’s what you could do to preserve your kids’ clothes, shoes, toys and other stuff and make them look still new for their future heir/heiress:
1. Wash outgrown clothes and iron it before you store it in your closet. Make sure that stains are removed (if there’s any). Using a fabric conditioner will give it a fresh smell even after a long time of storage. In a few months, when it could already fit in to your little one, you could present it to him/her without guilt because it would still look new.
2. The same goes for shoes. Make sure that they are clean before putting it back inside the box. Check it once in a while because changes of weather could change the original state of your shoes. If it’s made of leather or chamois (gamuza), molds would most likely to appear especially if it’s a hot and humid summer.
3. For toys, make sure that you emptied those battery-operated ones before you store them for good or at least before the next owner plays with it. Stuff toys should be washed and if you could wrap them up perhaps with a plastic, then that would be much better.
I recently took out my children’s old stuff and they are all delighted to see them looked new again. My eldest son’s first and only biodegradable cutlery, which was a gift, was immediately grabbed by my little one. Another bequest for her!
Are you in favour of hand me down items for your kids or would you prefer buying new stuff?