(yes, non-COVID19-related topic. You’re welcome!)
I am about to begin my Organize365 journey and I am excited — the official start date for the summer 100 day organization program is tomorrow. I am sure there is a day for the organization of children’s clothing, but I decided to get a jump on things (b/c our current situation was out. of. control).
How many sets of clothing do kids need, anyway!? I never felt like we overbought, but somehow we ended up with . . . more than seems necessary.
Part of it is that the way that Annabel grew she remained the same size for YEARS (got taller but not really any wider), yet I still bought her some new things with each new season. Even if it was just a few things, it has added up.
Cameron is very picky about certain items of clothing so he has an annoying number of garments that are entirely unworn and other things (that he wears) that are full of holes.
G’s situation is actually the most under control. She is not really in A’s hand-me-downs because when A was her current age, I had no plans to have any more past C!
Some observations from diving into the piles yesterday:
1- The high quality stuff does last longer. Only a handful for A’s clothes that she is finally growing out of are in decent enough condition for G. ALL of them that survived are Boden or Tea Collection. Target/Gap items did not survive.
2- Kids’ sizes change in unpredictable ways. While A remained the same size forever, C did not. G only wore 2T for a brief period (she is now in a mix of 2T & 3T). Better NOT to buy piles of one size unless you have a long line of kids to inherit those items (ie: Laura or Sue — they each have 4 boys!)
3- It’s also hard to predict favorite items! You may think it will be the practical staples that get worn the most, but . . . not in our house. Annabel especially will wear the living daylights out of a random party dress. I finally got rid of a couple that she wore 953874937 times that are a) too small and b) in embarrassing condition.
4- You can find a middle ground between what kids like and what you do. Until the kid is BUYING their own clothes, anyway! There are enough options out there that I haven’t had too much issue with having to steer A away from items that I deem hideous. We sometimes look at catalogs together (that are pretty well-curated) and I let her pick her favorites. This helps. My kids have been shopping physically VERY rarely. We haven’t needed to do it!
5- WELL, EXCEPT FOR SHOES. Shoes = best shopped for in person, in our experience. However, all 3 kids are currently sporting sneakers I ordered online. This works better if you have a brand you already know fits. C is extremely picky about shoes and we know he will tolerate Skechers (in a slightly too-big size), so that’s what we get for him.
What I’m not sure about is . . . how much do they actually need? I think it’s a little different here compared to some places because there are many pieces that work year-round since our “winter” is so mild.
Here’s my tentative list . . .
SUMMER WARDROBE CHECKLIST (KIDS)
❏ 4-5 pairs shorts (can sub sporty skirts or a jumpsuit for some)
❏ 4-5 pairs long pants (1 jeans, the rest leggings or sweat pants)
❏ ~8 t-shirts
❏ 2 dresses or 1 dress shirt & nicer pants
❏ 1-2 sweatshirts / long sleeve shirts to layer
❏ 1 pair sandals / 1 pair water shoes / 1 pair sneakers
❏ 2 bathing suits + 1 swimsuit cover up
❏ 3-4 sets pajamas
I think we already have most of what we need for each kid. A is probably due for 1-2 summer dresses (some of hers are years old and getting short) and C definitely needs bathing suits and possibly some T-shirts in his current size.
PS: Happy Mother’s Day! As usual I will try to keep expectations low . . . hopefully it will be a nice day 🙂