Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Long Island, NY
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Why do your kids need 3 pair of shoes in each size??
My girls each have a pair of sneakers plus a pair of dress shoes, and winter boots. In the summer, sandals double as dress shoes. At least, that's what I buy them, somehow extra shoes seem to accumulate (like Leah's outgrown shoes end up as backups for those times when Hannah can't find one of hers.)
We typically "dress up" ever week for Shabbat, so I like my kids to have at least 2 dressy outfits per size. Also, there are 2 Passover Seders in the spring (when we usually get new clothes) and 2 days of Rosh Hashona in the fall, so they really do need at least 2 dressy outfits per season.
For everyday clothes, 7 would probably be enough, but they like to have variety so we usually have 10-14 outfits per season per child. I wash their clothes but they're responsible for putting them away. I like having a few more than they absolutely "need" but we have thinned out lots of clothes recently. If they're not going to wear something, even if it still fits, it goes in the give-away pile.
Ds is potty-learning right now, and likes to do crazy things like wear 2 pairs of pants at once then pee in them, :LOL so I wash his stuff at least twice a week. I'm not even sure how many clothes he has- all his in-season pants and shirts fit in one drawer, and when he runs out of clean pants I do laundry (since, in addition to going through 2-3 pairs of pants in a day, he likes to keep the same shirt on for a few days. He doesn't run out of clean shirts!!!)
Ruth, single mommy to 3 quasi-adults