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Since it's pretty clear I can't downsize on the toys right now...onto my next mission!<br><br>
I'm starting to think my kids have too many clothes. So now I'm curious, what's average? How many pairs of pants, shirts, sweaters do your kids have each at any one time?
 

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How funny, this same thought crossed my mind last night as I was unpacking from our trip. My kids have about 5 bottoms and 10 tops that are seasonally appropriate, plus a couple of pairs of sweats/sweatshirts and 4 pairs of pajamas.<br><br>
That's how much comfortably fits in their dressers, so I'm pretty consistent about donating stuff as they outgrow it or as the weather changes.
 

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My son has a lot of clothes, more than he truly needs, but I love clothes.
 

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DD1 (who goes to school, and therefore needs nicer clothes than a stay-at-home child) has about seven sets of tops/bottoms, and three dresses, so 10 changes of clothes altogether. I consider that a lot, for us at least, since most of it was bought brand-new.<br><br>
DS has six sets of tops and bottoms, plus a dress shirt, plus a few sets of ratty sweats for gardening and outside play. So probably 9 changes of clothes altogether.<br><br>
DD2 is another story. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> DD1 as a baby and toddler was the recipient of a TON of handed-down clothing and gifts, and they've now all been passed down to DD2, so she has enough clothes to CRAM an ordinary dresser FULL. Plus she has a whole other boxful in the basement, so that I can change to other stuff as we get tired of what she has. But I didn't buy any of it, and it's definitely not necessary. I would venture about 30 casual outfits, and at least five dressed-up outfits.<br><br>
My kids each have five sets of pjs, and of course underwear and socks, and DD1 has the clothes she wears for her dancing class.
 

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My boys (almost 4, 6.5) each have a big drawer full of shirts, and a shelf in the closet with pants. My little one has more clothes than my biggest, because he gets hand me downs plus new stuff. My 6.5yo probably has about 15 shirts, 6 pairs of pants, and 3 sweaters/hoodies. They each have a lot of pajamas.
 

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Dd attends a private school, so she wears uniforms. She has 7 or 8 sets of clothes for school, although I need to buy her some new pants since her latest growth spurt.<br><br>
Other than that, she usually has 5 or 6 knit dresses, 5 or 6 shirts, and a similar number of bottoms appropriate for the season.<br><br>
I abhor shopping and so does dd. Clothes shopping is just below root canal without anesthetic on my list of least favorites. It pretty much shows in our wardrobe. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy">
 

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DS is 6 1/2 and goes to school full-time. He has<br>
about 10 pairs of pants,<br>
around 15 short-sleeve t-shirts (mostly gifts),<br>
around 8 long sleeve s-shirts,<br>
around 12 pairs of underwear,<br>
about 16 pairs of socks,<br>
a couple of sweatshirts,<br>
a couple of pairs of swim trunks,<br>
about 5 pairs of pjs (that he never wears),<br>
2 fleece jackets,<br>
2 fleece pull-overs,<br>
1 fleece vest,<br>
2 hoodies,<br>
2 lined rain jackets,<br>
1 unlined rain jacket,<br>
1 winter coat (never wears it here, but we have it for visiting family/vacations),<br>
2 pairs of shoes,<br>
misc. gloves, and misc hats (don't need them here, again these are for vacations).<br><br>
Its more than he strictly needs, but we have enough storage space for it all and it means we have plenty in case of getting behind in laundry.<br><br>
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My son doesn't have as much as some. I actually wish he had more. I don't know exactly how many, but off the top of my head I can think of 6 pairs of jeans, 3 long sleeve shirts, 5 short sleeve shirts, 9 pairs of underwear, plenty of socks, and 3 sets of warm pj's and a few other pj's that he's either outgrown or are too cool for our weather now. We are PL'ing, so I pretty much wash laundry at least every other night, if not every night.
 

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My kids have enough so that I only have to do laundry once a week. No joke. In the winter this means at least 7 pairs of shirts, sweaters, pants, underwear... I'd say 10 pairs total, including one "nice" outfit. My DD normally has a bit more than my DS though, as girls clothes are much cuter and she gets some of his hand-me-downs.<br><br>
Slightly OT: They have way more than 10 pairs of socks. Pre-kids I used to loose socks all the time. Seems the washer or dryer or night monsters came and ate them. Now, it seems all the missing socks in the world end up at my house. Where do they all come from?
 

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We keep it simple around here.<br><br>
DD (4 1/2) has<br><br>
2 pair of jeans and 2 pair of knit legging type pants<br>
4 crew neck sweatshirts for outdoor play and pj tops.<br>
3 pair of sweatpants (again they double as pjs)<br>
3 dresses<br>
She has 10 long sleeve shirts, a couple are a bit too big and a couple a bit too small.<br><br>
That's it.
 

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I honestly have no idea. It works like this:<br><br>
I'm terrible at decluttering - terrible. (I <i>know</i> I need to work on this, but I hate it so much and have so many other things to do - many of which would disappear if I decluttered :sigh - that it's easy to push it to the bottom of my list...and I never get to the bottom!) I have a 16 year old son, who is now taller than me by a good 6-7 inches. He had enough clothes before he started having his major growth spurts at 12 or so. He has enough clothes now, but I have nothing to do with his wardrobe - he does his own clothes shopping (we give him money each September, and he has to manage it) and his own laundry. I still have a lot of his old size 6-7-8-9 stuff.<br><br>
That's piece one of the clothing puzzle - tons of hand me downs from ds1.<br><br>
DD1 is 6.5. She could wear anything from size 3-6 (3 being a bit small, and 6 being a bit big) from about age 2.5 until just a few months ago. She was the first girl in our family in a long time, and we got given a <i>ton</i> of second-hand clothes up to about size 5 or 6. My MIL sends her clothes (nice stuff, usually Gymboree) for her birthday and Christmas and sometimes Easter, and brought some up in August when they visited. My mom and godmother each give her one outfit at Christmas, as well, and she sometimes gets something else for her birthday. So, dd1 has all those old clothes that she can't bear to give up, and her new outfits from various people. I couldn't begin to figure out exactly how much, but a lot of it is just sitting around, waiting to be donated.<br><br>
DS2 is in the same situation. He can wear most of dd1's stuff (he's shorter, but <i>much</i> stockier....they have a height difference of about 5"-6", but dd1 only outweighs him by about 5 pounds), and they both wear hand-me-downs from ds1. DS2 also gets the Christmas and birthday clothes, as described above, and my MIL brought him 2-3 complete outfits in August, as well.<br><br>
DD2 has about 3 full Rubbermaid tubs of hand-me-downs, some of which I'm sure she's outgrown without ever wearing them. I've got one of the tubs almost emptied (for donation), but haven't touched the other two.<br><br>
So...yeah. Now that I'm on my last, I'll be better at getting rid of stuff, but I had a major emotional investment in having more kids, and couldn't bear to get rid of the outgrown stuff. We have a full dresser (about 5' tall), plus clothes piled on top, plus clothes piled on <i>my</i> dresser, plus clothes in the closet, plus 3-4 Rubbermaid tubs (I think there's one other one of "girl" clothes).<br><br>
This is all <i>after</i> I donated two full garbage bags of children's clothing while "nesting" with dd2. I'm sooooo looking forward to when I'm not buried, anymore.
 

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Wow! DS has more clothing than anyone has mentioned so far. When it isn't cold I could go two weeks at least without washing any of his clothing and he would still be good to go. When it's cold, right now I would need to do his laundry every 7-ish days or he'd run out of bottoms.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Wow! DS has more clothing than anyone has mentioned so far. When it isn't cold I could go two weeks at least without washing any of his clothing and he would still be good to go. When it's cold, right now I would need to do his laundry every 7-ish days or he'd run out of bottoms.</div>
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That's my son too....I hate doing laundry....so we all have enough clothes to last at least a couple weeks if needed. I love Once Upon A Child
 

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Same here. Off the top of my head, I would say that DS has about 12 bottoms (jeans, athletic, khaki's) - about 15 shirts - 2 sweaters - 6 hoodies - two fleece jackets and one cold weather jacket.<br><br>
It's a serious addiction. He's got a TON to hand down to his little brother. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Wow! DS has more clothing than anyone has mentioned so far. When it isn't cold I could go two weeks at least without washing any of his clothing and he would still be good to go. When it's cold, right now I would need to do his laundry every 7-ish days or he'd run out of bottoms.</div>
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I do our laundry every week, and throw in the kid's stuff while I'm at it. But, I could <i>easily</i> go two weeks without doing dd's. (Okay - she might need another pack of undies to go longer than that.) I could with ds2, as well, except that he sometimes needs 2-3 pairs of pants in a day...he loves puddles, especially if they're muddy, and generally gets the water up to his crotch.
 

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DS has many more clothes than I'd like. It takes up space and he is less than 1yr. When i visited my family recently, my mother bought him 5 new outfits. He's almost outgrown them already! It feels wasteful. I appreciate it so much, don't get me wrong. My mother is a kind, generous, loving woman who simply wants to shower her grandson with gifts, but it makes me feel somewhat sad that by the time she sees him again, he won't be able to wear them anymore..
 

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Way too much. I am a bit kid clothes shopping obsessed *blush*
 

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At least two weeks worth-maybe more. In my defense though 99% came from garage and consignment sales.
 

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I just re-organized dd's drawers last night and got rid of some stuff that didn't fit anymore and also stuff that didn'tmatch anything else.<br>
Now she has about 6 outfits that are nice-ish, 10 outfits that are comfy/playclothes, 5 dresses, 4 pairs of tights, 4 pairs of shoes and about 12 pairs of socks. And also 2 coats and 4 hoodies and 3 cardigans. That is a good amount for her I think.
 

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waaaaaaaaay too much <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy"><br><br>
I might have a cute clothes shopping problem <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="innocent"> (I blame gymboree and gap!)
 
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