Yesterday afternoon, Olivia and I went through the winter coats in the closet. There were a variety of sizes of coats since I kept the ones Sophia wore and grew out of so that Olivia could wear them eventually.
Between last year and this year, Olivia has grown out of all of the smaller jacket and coats. There are a couple of larger ones that she'll have for next winter, but that are still too big. Looks like Olivia will need a jacket and coat this year.
Sophia's jacket still fits from last year. She hasn't tried on her coat yet...though I have a feeling that she's outgrown it since last season.
The other thing we do each year is go through all the mittens, gloves, hats, and scarves. The items that no longer fit are donated to the local thrift shop (just like the jackets and coats the girls outgrew). The proceeds from the sales of items there supports programs for people in need - individuals, families, youth, and seniors. It benefits everyone involved.
Some of the hats, mittens, gloves, and scarves
that we will be wearing this winter.
Once we are done sorting outerwear, the remaining items go back in a multi-drawer bin in the mudroom. Each person has a drawer so it's easy to find items in the appropriate sizes.
This has become an annual ritual it seems...the trying on of winter jackets, coats, and outwear...and it happens once the evenings become cool and there is a welcome chill in the air.