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when a child is very young they need more clothes
As they get less messy than you can cut down on the number of pants, for example, because they can generally wear them more than once before they need to be washed
you do not need to wash PJs after just one wash
I would only have my child wear underwear once before washing
I agree with TaylorF.
One thing I do is every piece of clothing must match several other pieces.
For example, last summer I only bought tan or navy shorts, plain, no "sets" of anything that required the top to be worn with the bottoms. All shirts matched all shorts.
This so depends on you climate, lifestyle and kids clothing preference.
This is what I did and HIGHLY suggest...
Get the laundry caught up one weekend. Keep their and your favorites - the stuff that they wear all of the time. Now fill in a little bit with the things that you think that they will need but not every day or week. Get rid of anything that the kids do not like and/or do not wear/fit. Then sort the remainder and make a brief list of what you have. Pack this in tubs or whatever with the list. Live with the clothes that you have left out for a few weeks or a month. You can pull out things that are needed from the tubs if you really need them. However, do not make it so easy that you are just pulling out stuff because you do not want to do laundry. I've been tempted. This really helped me to see what my kids and family really needed. Also, if you have hand up clothes, you can do the turn the hangers backwards in the closet to see what they really wear.
Hope that helps!
ps - do get rid of the clothes in the tubs after a month and you figure out what you really need.
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