Lots of people tell me we have a "large" family because we have 4 children. I don't really see it that way because to me "large" is six children and over. In any case the more children you have the more fun life can be, but challenging too! Especially if you live on a very tight budget like we do. Handing clothes down to the next child is absolutely essential. And finding good deals on clothes and shoes is one of my major quests in motherdom.
So I'll give everyone a tip. Every February Walmart does a huge clearance sale on all its fall and winter clothes. Things are 50% off or more so you can get amazing deals on coats, jeans, boots, long sleeved shirts and night outfits. This also happens to fall in tax return season so if you have a little extra money its a good time to stock up for next fall for your family.
Because clothing prices are going up and I'm never certain of our money supply at school shopping time I always stock up in preparation for next winter. I do this in three main ways. First is yard sales where you can find the best deals, second is thrift stores that are generally a bit more expensive than yard sales but still way cheaper than new at the store, and third at clearance sales. This is also a good prepping tip because what happens if TSHTF and you don't have any clothes for those kids.
So while we were at walmart the other day I got some amazing deals on shirts, pants, shoes, and coats. I also bought the next size up in socks and underwear for all the kids for next fall.
Next I organized them into totes. I have separate totes for seasons spring and fall for each child, and into them go the appropriate clothing and accessories. Then on the side of the tote is a sheet with what it contains and how many of each item so I know if I need to be on the lookout for more of a particular item. Every time I put a handmedown shirt in I just make another mark under shirts etc.