I love what someone suggested to me which is to pull out every bit of their clothes, sort by "outfit", and then keep a certain amount of outfits (she suggested 5), and then pack away everything else someplace where you can get to it. If you find yourself running out of clothes you can pull out another outfit or two from the packed away clothes and then when you are sure you have enough give everything else away.
I think when fall rolls around I'm going to do this and keep 8-10 outfits for each girl. I know that sounds like a lot, but I like to wash their clothes once a week. I would keep less, but both girls like to wear dresses almost every day, and I do like to have at least a couple pants outfits around since sometimes dresses can get in the way when your a 3yo. So, I'm thinking 7 dresses, 3 pants outfits, 2-4 sweaters, 1 winter coat, 1 raincoat, 4 nightgowns, 1 pair really warm jammies, for each girl...but that may end up still being way too much. I guess we'll find out in fall.
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If you find yourself passing over certain items every time you open the drawer, get `em out of there immediately. Chances are you're not going to like it any more on some other day.
Also, if you can deal with the clutter, letting the clean laundry pile up is also a good way to find out what you really need. After a week or so, what you've got left in the drawers is the stuff that probably won't get worn.
Maybe even start a box that can be filled as things get worn and washed? Once you've got 7 days (or 10 or however many you feel you need) worth of outfits, you probably don't need the excess.
For my daughter, it's harder, because there are so many more "types" of clothes. (Skirts/skorts, light pants, jeans, dresses, et cetera.) So, I have decided to streamline her clothing to 6 school outfits per season. We have room for 6 outfits for the current "season" in her steamer (she uses an old fashioned steamer trunk instead of a bureau). Then we'll put the rest away to await the appropriate weather. (I just let her wear the same 4 dresses to church year-round. Save for the walk from the car to church and vice versa, she's inside the whole time she's wearing them. I just add tights and a cardi for cooler weather.)
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Originally Posted by chel
I think the easiest thing is to not buy anthing else until there's a need so slowly things will dwindle down.
For tops, he has five tees for play and two polo type shirts for church.
We have a pair of sandals for him for church and a pair of sneakers for play.
(He's soon to be 2.)
Originally Posted by momtokay
I love what someone suggested to me which is to pull out every bit of their clothes, sort by "outfit", and then keep a certain amount of outfits (she suggested 5), and then pack away everything else someplace where you can get to it.
Originally Posted by Cloth4Colin
DS has a pair of denim shorts and a pair of khaki shorts... and a pair of red cotton shorts.
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Someone is always buying our kids clothes, there is NEVER a shortage.
I swear the only reason we need storage for anything is for their out of season clothes. :
I am all about simplifying and we have almost NO clutter otherwise.
Umm except our garage, but that's my husband's hording problem. I need a dumpster to clean that bad boy out. :
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We have 3 girls and they like to change their clothes a few times a day.
Living in the country also requires more clothing.
Then with distinct seasons requires more clothing.
Very frustrating IMO.
We have more clothes that the girls closet will hold. Out of season clothes are pretty much in storage.
I throw out clothes that are damaged, as in missing a button, ripped ect. I also get rid of clothes that aren't liked.
The more kids I find the harder it is to tend to their clothes.
I also save all good clothes for the next child in line.
I am of no help :
I'm thankful for the warm weather and not having to store those out of season clothes after reading other people's posts!
also: a GREAT idea for the clothing that your kids grow out of is to do a "clothing exchange"...invite a bunch of friends to bring all their used clothing to a get together and everyone just takes whatever they can use. the left overs are taken to a charity. This is awesome for adult clothing as well as kids! LOTS of my clothes have come from these gatherings. One woman's trash is another's treasure is really true.
Tees/long sleeved tees - stored in dresser
Sweats - stored in drawers underneath the bed
Track suits - hang in closet
Party dresses - hang in closet
Church dresses - hang in closet
Outfits(top and bottom put together on hanger) - hang in closet
Jeans - hang in closet
Little jackets - hang in closet
Play clothes - stored in dresser