My general mode of operating when it comes to kids clothes is to purchase cute items as needed, or buy a load of clothes when there is a sale all completely done by feel. It wouldn’t be uncommon for me to load up my cart, online or in person with a bunch of cute items I found that I felt they needed. Then I would add to their drawers, and eventually we would have clothes on the ground, clothes in the drawers, things that maybe didn’t match each other, and things they never wore because they didn’t really like.
This has lead my kids, to have a jumble of clothes that are mix and match. Some random items have no match, and some are things I purchased on impulse to satisfy the wants of a kid asking,
“mom can i have that Batman shirt…pahleeese??”
Call me cranky and mean, but from now on the answer is “No”. They can have dress up outfits(more on that later), but as for the day to day, they will have 37 pieces, and that is it.
Here are some basic rules I’m using during this project:
–Finalizing a season capsule for each kid, with only 37 pieces. This may seem like a lot or not enough for kids, especially since they go through clothes getting them dirty so fast. But this is what we will start with. Maybe our summer capsule will have less, maybe more. I kept the kids at 37 pieces, like the adults this first time around since we live in a city with weird weather, and tend to travel a bit.
-Socks: all matching all the time. The boys share 20 pairs of the same exact sock. Nora will have 10 pairs of the same socks. This makes laundry, distinguishing whose socks are whose, and finding socks each morning easy.
-No white. Unless it was required from someone else (school uniform, project etc), they will not own white. It’s just a bad idea. Heck, I don’t even wear white unless I am not going to be around my kids for the day. It gets dirty so fast. There will be a day when I wear white, for now I’m happy with grey.
-Color theme. I had my boys fill out this capsule wardrobe planner with me. They shared their favorite colors, how they wanted to look, and even things they did and didn’t want. It was really fun, to hear them describe what they want.
-Shop together. For my middle child, this was a really fun project. He felt so loved that he got to go shopping with me, and pick some fun things out. He really likes dressing up and looking good.