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post #101 of 157
Okay, so I think I've figured out what my clothing purchases for this fall/winter need to be. I am currently 34 weeks pregnant so I will be needing these for late October and thereafter.

One nursing nightgown (need it for the hospital)
One casual long skirt (corduroy or khaki)
One dressy long skirt for holidays and Sunday
2 belly huggers
3 long-sleeve nursing tee shirts
2 casual sweaters
One red dressy sweater
One brown belt
4 pairs of thick tights (2 to match casual skirt, 2 to match dressy skirt)
One pair of brown fashion no-heel boots (must be fairly weather-proof)

I already have jeans in assorted sizes for the period of time when I am getting my figure back. I think that's pretty much all I have for the fall wardrobe that I can still use.

The above list I paired down a LOT-- is it too much or too little or what? I should add that I am a SAHM but I do like to look nice, I refuse to wear sweats or pajamas all the time.

This Spring I would like to buy one good quality pair of shoes like mary-janes or ballet flats) that will go with almost everything and then I can get rid of a lot more shoes, but I can't do it this fall since the above list will already be expensive-- I want to buy quality items that will last a long time.

I've almost always just bought what was on sale that I liked, and the items often did not coordinate well together, which means I have generally had a hard time trying to put outfits together and didn't feel very confident about how I looked. I think that's why a lot of people wind up just wearing jeans all the time-- it's easy to match jeans with anything.
post #102 of 157
This is a great thread and a great idea! I'm joining (budge up, there).

I have gone through several purging sessions in the past year; first getting rid of all the (absurdly expensive) wool suits I used to have to wear and keeping just one nice looking basic black jacket (for funerals). That was an amazingly freeing experience because it was basically shutting the door on me ever doing sales again. YES! Then I dug in and got rid of the pre-baby clothes. I will admit I have kept a handful of concert tees from when I was in high school. I just can't let go of my Devo t's. THey are infesting the bottom of a small bin that has "costume-y" items for when I go to fairs and parties. The bin lives on top of my fabric shelf so it's un-obtrusive. I got rid of all jeans that were binding and uncomfortable. I got rid of about 12 (really bulky!) sweaters. I kept about three, including one wool one. I realized that I much prefer to wear thrift store pendletons in the winter because they are lighter, layer-able and shed water pretty well. (it rains all winter here) Makes me look like an old man, but oh well. Dh jumped in and got rid of an equal number of sweaters. I still haven't convinced him toget rid of the amazingly hideous 80's drawstring pants that I've hated since the day he brought them home. Now I'm hoping that they just get so thin they finally rip irreparebly.: Now I'd like to go through and purge out more pants. One thing I find with pants, about half my pants fit great one half of the month, the other half fits great the pther half. (pre and post flow...) so it's hard to pare that down, knowing that the ugly green pants are the only ones that are comfortable for that 3 days right before my period. Etc. Maybe it's time to switch to skirts.

Right now, winter coats and t shirts are my bugbear. I got rid of about 6 coats last spring but then found two I really like at a garage sale; good ones for bicycling. I'm hoarding a columbia outfitters jacket I got because it's pretty warm, even tho it's a bit stiff and uncomfortable because I don't know if the two new jackets are as warm. I'm hoarding a long leather coat because I got it at a garage sale and you never know when you'll want a bit of leather for some project (maybe it's time to rip the lining out of that one and move it to the fabric stash) My shoes and I reached an understandign a few years ago; I was out of control for a long time because I have large feet; most of my adult life shoes weren't easily available in my size so I was stuck wearing Birks (yea- not really a hardship, I know) and then when they finally started making them in my size I went nuts. Now I have about 15 pair of shoes and when I get a new pair I have to get rid of an old pair. I do wear them all. I change shoes like Barbie changes outfits.

OK- here's my goal for this week. Go through ds's clothes and get rid of all the shirts that 1)have gnawed collars from ds1. 2)have holes from when the dog was a puppy and would jump up and bite at shirt hems. 3) have stains from ds2 thinking that shirt=napkin. 4) strip ds2 down at mealtimes so he STOPS DOING THAT.

(girding loins) I'm going in ladies; pray for me.
post #103 of 157

Clothing Reduction

How do you ladies deal with maternity vs. regular clothes? I can't see getting rid of my maternity clothes knowing that DH wants 2 to 3 more kids. Then I obviously have my regular clothes.

My thing is parting with my law office Ann Taylor wardrobe. None of it fits. I just can't part with it.......it just hangs there and laughs at me. It's all size 12-14 and I'm an 8-10.

Liz
post #104 of 157
Most of my maternity stuff was hand-me-downs from my best childhood friend. Bless her heart, we REALLY don't have the same tastes in clothes, so once I had that baby I happily sent them all back to her (she was pg and needing them at that point!), along with everything I'd gotten new so she'd have some new things.

Later, I got a nursing dress that will also be good for maternity wear; It's the only nursing item I kept, so it may well be my "little wierd-beigy-peach dress" when I have my next baby. Which I would like to be soon but probably won't be...but that's another thread.

Right now I'm working on an efficient way to expand my wardrobe to include things that will go with stuff I already have to make a more professional work wardrobe. The fact that I like skirts helps immensely in that respect.
post #105 of 157
For maternity wear: this is my second pregnancy. Whn I grow out of a piece of maternity wear I either keep it or donate it to a thrift store. If it is not a great color for me or didn't look good on, or if it got worn out or I just didn't like it, then it gets donated. But if it looked great, still looks great, and I love it, than I store it for next time. I have heard people say to never store amternity clothes because styles change so much anyway; however, I find that styles haven't changed THAT much and cute, well-made maternity clothes (I like Gap) are expensive. I have one large binthat holds my out-of season wear, and anything that doesn't fit right now (so maternity clothes go in there when I'm not using them.) For transition, I also keep a couple of pairs of bottoms (jeans, skirts, etc) in various sizes. A few extra pairs don't take up that much space and it will save me a lot of money for the couple of months when my pant size is getting smaller every month.
post #106 of 157
I have kept all my maternity clothes. Most of what I bought is "classic" - jeans, solid colored shirts, etc. - that won't be out of style by my next pregnancy (which I hope will be soon!). All of it is stored in a plastic bin in a closet. It doesn't take up much room and I feel it is very much worth it to keep those clothes since some of it was expensive.
post #107 of 157

I did it......

I made the appointment to consign my work clothing. I also went through and removed some clothing that's really cluttering my closet. Yay me!



Liz
post #108 of 157
Way to go Liz!
post #109 of 157
Okay, so something I am struggling with right now is what if I get rid of too much clothing and then the new baby spits up on my outift three times in a day and I have nothing to wear? Do you moms of small babies keep more clothing, or do you just launder your clothes more frequently, or do you just deal with spit up on your shirt?

And about baby clothes-- I have been trying to pare down the amount of baby clothes I have (left over from DS1 which I will use again for this baby), but being very cautious because I can't afford to replace items later if it turns out we really do need them.

I guess both of these quandries come back to the fear of getting rid of too much stuff-- there are things we can't afford as it is, so I can't afford to replace this stuff later. But I want to simplify and not have too much stuff around. And I'd like to bless someone else with the extra baby things if I have too many of something.
post #110 of 157
Oooh. This is perfect for me right now. I've been decluttering and simplifying the house room by room (one room per month), and the bedroom closet is up next. I have so many pieces of clothing that I keep holding onto for that 'just in case' that never comes. It's been so inpiring reading your accomplishments.

This weekend's project is to rotate all the kids clothes and get spring/summer stuff put away and bring the fall/winter stuff out. After that, I need to go through all of my own clothes and shoes and pitch the stuff I just don't use. Please send me "It's OK to be brutal!" vibes. Otherwise my packrat tendencies could win. :
post #111 of 157
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Originally Posted by Caitlin320
Okay, so something I am struggling with right now is what if I get rid of too much clothing and then the new baby spits up on my outift three times in a day and I have nothing to wear? Do you moms of small babies keep more clothing, or do you just launder your clothes more frequently, or do you just deal with spit up on your shirt?

And about baby clothes-- I have been trying to pare down the amount of baby clothes I have (left over from DS1 which I will use again for this baby), but being very cautious because I can't afford to replace items later if it turns out we really do need them.

I guess both of these quandries come back to the fear of getting rid of too much stuff-- there are things we can't afford as it is, so I can't afford to replace this stuff later. But I want to simplify and not have too much stuff around. And I'd like to bless someone else with the extra baby things if I have too many of something.
Baby clothes: Out here, babies hardly need clothes for the first 6 months or more. Really. I kept a few picture-worthy outfits, and we'll get some long sleeved t-shirts if needed for winter with the next baby.

Baby spit up: 1. Go topless around the house or just wear a nursing bra. I didn't have this option because I lived with my brother-in-law, but I did just wear an old T-shirt most of the time around the house. I had a stack of them.

2. Breastfeed. It doesn't usually stain. And if it does, no one will notice because of all the fresh breastmilk inevitably soaking your clothes in the early months.

3. Burp rag as permanent shoulder decoration.

4. Learn to anticipate and aim.
post #112 of 157
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Originally Posted by dachshundqueen
How do you ladies deal with maternity vs. regular clothes? I can't see getting rid of my maternity clothes knowing that DH wants 2 to 3 more kids. Then I obviously have my regular clothes.

My thing is parting with my law office Ann Taylor wardrobe. None of it fits. I just can't part with it.......it just hangs there and laughs at me. It's all size 12-14 and I'm an 8-10.

Liz
We are "done" with DD2, and I am still having a hard time parting with my maternity clothes. Most went to consignment, but I am hoarding my favorite pair of pants and a few tees.

I also have a law office wardrobe, mostly 8 & 10's. And I'm a 12 now. Maybe we should trade... We arent planning on my rejoining the working world anytime soon (if ever, according to DH) and yet, I find security in hanging onto my old work clothes. I do pull from the shirts to dress up a bit in the cooler season here, but its too stinking hot to dress up at all in the Florida summer.
post #113 of 157
Caitlin320...Breatmilk doesn't stink...and you should be wearing nice wooly sweathers, so it shouldn't bother you...I only changed when I was wet and it bothered me...which usually meant I was changing my BRA more than anythign else....I'm assuming it would only bother you if you could feel it on your skin...I don't know ...baby messes never bothered me...

Funny...it's only my smaller clothes that laugh at me...the bigger ones say...Here I am, it's ok, put me on...then sit down and have a cuppa tea and choc bicky...
and I say, OK!!!
post #114 of 157
I have been a wahm ( homedaycare) my clothes were in bad shape. Anyway I just started teaching ang giving workshop. I bought myself a denim jacket that I can wear for many of my workshops. It great, now I just have to find a few things to go with it.
after reading think link, I need to relook at my clothes and find 5-10 outfit that I can wear for teaching and workshops and get rid of the rest. but I am still doing daycare so I need to keep 5 out fits that can get really dirty.
post #115 of 157

Another woohoo

I got DH to give up two pairs of Dockers that had the "frayed" action going on in the back, you know what I mean. In addition to getting rid of a bunch of stuff to goodwill. After my orthopaedic appt on Tuesday, I am headed over to drop stuff to consign. Whatever doesn't work will probably go to my MIL.

I found a two year old brand new in the package set of walki talkis my parents gave us for xmas, and I'm trying to decide if we ever go skiing again should we keep them so the 'rents don't ask where they are or return them to Costco for a credit........sigh. Plus the new in package costco baby sunscreen I can't decide about returning.

I need to get rid of more clothes.......just can't seem to do it. I have 5 or 6 sweaters, but for once in my life, they all fit AND I like them all.

I'll keep working on it.

BM doesn't stink.......it smells kind of sweet. Only if you're being yakked on and then sometimes, not all the time, it smells sickly. I had super reflux baby and I really only changed if I got soake.d

Liz
post #116 of 157
Okay, my abundance of shoes is really, really bothering me. I'd love to pair down to five or six pairs, but I'm at a place of complete indecision! I don't know what to get rid of because I love shoes...I'm just really uncomfortable owning so many. I work from home full-time and have to go in to the office every other month, but my office is very casual. My need for dress shoes is pretty much non-existant, save for one pair for funerals, Christmas dinner, etc. I live on 2 1/2 acres, so I need practical, flat shoes for tromping around and a nice pair of shoes for going to town, but not much else.

Decisions, decisions.
post #117 of 157
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Originally Posted by OliveGirl View Post
Okay, my abundance of shoes is really, really bothering me. I'd love to pair down to five or six pairs, but I'm at a place of complete indecision! I don't know what to get rid of because I love shoes...I'm just really uncomfortable owning so many. I work from home full-time and have to go in to the office every other month, but my office is very casual. My need for dress shoes is pretty much non-existant, save for one pair for funerals, Christmas dinner, etc. I live on 2 1/2 acres, so I need practical, flat shoes for tromping around and a nice pair of shoes for going to town, but not much else.

Decisions, decisions.
Just start slow. The first thing you can do is to stop buying. The second thing you can do is slowly sort and decide which shoes you actually use. If there are any pairs that you know you haven't worn for a while, that you used to love, and you have a different pair that could take their place with a certain style of outfit, those need to go. Choosing one sturdy, good quality black sandal that work with many of your outfits, is way better than 6 or 7 pairs of sandals in different colors (even more black ones) that go with certain outfits etc.
post #118 of 157
I have such a hard time finding clothes that fit me (I buy stuff then have to hem it) that I might as well do this-- I do only have one pair of pants that fit and otherwise will wear my one long skirt. I could totally do this, neat idea!
post #119 of 157
Can I join you ladies? I purged a ton of stuff from my closet earlier in the year. I had a rough m/c in March and once I finally recuperated I just said to heck with all this STUFF! I had clothes I was saving for when I lost weight, things that I just never wore etc. I sold the majority of it (whoo hoo!) and gave my sister tons of stuff (she doesn't really need it, but she basically gets a new wardrobe every time I clean out, never this much though!). I ended up with my closet half full and one bin for winter things under my bed. Okay, and I still have 2 drawers of pjs (my one weak spot), my undies/bras/socks drawers (they each get one drawer in a small lingerie dresser) and that's it! Well that and I still have about 20 pairs of shoes, most being flops and sandals. But honestly I go rid of over half my stuff! I was so proud and then found out I was pregnant again a month later...so now my maternity wear now resides in my empty half of the closet...and to top it off I had no long sleeve maternity items so I've bought more than I needed to get through. I'm definitely a "well it's ONLY $5" type of shopper. But it helps that we're living on a little tighter budget now and I rarely, rarely go to a store! I agree with whomever said that the less you shop, the less you want to, it is completely true! My next step is to purge a ton of my maternity stuff that I'm not wearing NOW and eventually cut out a ton of the t-shirts I've still had trouble parting with...
post #120 of 157
It's all about baby-steps, huh? I have two grocery sacks of stuff to go to St Vincents by the front door and I'm dedicating today to doing a big purge in ds1's room. I got rid of all the shirts he'd chewed the collar out of, all the shirts the dog bit holes in when he was a puppy...(I just did this as we cycled through laundry- if it was grungy it got tossed) Now i have to inventory his stuff and see what he needs (I know- normal people do this BEFORE school starts- but I sure as heck dont have time when I'm enjoying every last second of my kids before they go back to school!) because he's so dang skinny he only seems to have about 2 pair of pants that actually fit- unless he has a dozen pair kicked under his bed. Entirely possible.

I find now that we're NOT on such a tight budget it's easier for me to let go of things that are worn out or badly stained. I don't feel like I have to hoard every last thing in case I might need it someday.
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