With the changing of the weather, comes the bi-annual wardrobe assessment for our children. I have found that going through the clothes we already own, inventorying them and coming up with a list of items we needs saves money and prevents me from purchasing too many clothes. This keeps our wardrobes simple and our dressers and closets clutter free.
Here’s a glimpse into this process:
I pull out the bin with the next size up label.
I choose not to stock up on a bunch of next size up children’s clothes because the rate at which they grow is never certain. For our 3 year old, our next size up bin contains mostly clothes that still fit at the end of the past season, any hand-me-downs we may have been given and any items I came across that I know my boys would love (like guitar and dino t-shirts) that were super cheap on clearance.
The contents of his next size up bin contained clothing that still fit with ample room at the end of last season. Always remember to look back at the clothes from the previous season because some items still may fit!
Everything in this picture (minus the dino shirt which I picked up for $2.50 on clearance this past May) were clothes that he wore last winter. Having this many clothes that still fit definitely got his fall/winter wardrobe off to a great start.
2 pieces of outerwear
2 dress shirts
2 nice t-shirts
2 pair play pants/overalls
3 play shirts
3 pajama sets
The next step was to look through the clothes he was currently wearing to see if any of them would transition into the next season. A quick look through the closet and dresser came up with a few items.
1 pajama set
1 sweater vest
1 pair of play pants
After assessing what we already had, I was able to make a shopping list of the things he was going to need. He needed jeans, a few nice t-shirts and a rain jacket.
Once I had my list, I started stopping into our local resale store frequently (where I have store credit) and was able to acquire most of the items he needed there. The only items purchased new were the rain jacket and a t-shirt with construction equipment on it. The rain jacket is part of his Halloween costume (firefighter) and was purchased a size larger in hopes of it lasting 2 years so it was well worth the $18 I spent on it.
Rain jacket $18 (Carters gift card)
Carters Khakis $7 (resale store with store credit)
Osh Kosh Jeans $6 (resale store with store credit)
Children’s Place Jeans $6 (resale store with store credit)
Children’s Place Jeans with Stretchy Waistband $5 (resale store with store credit)
Black/Red Stripe Tee $.50 (yard sale)
Black/Grey Striped Henley $5 (resale store with store credit)
Guitar Tee $2 (purchased used)
Construction Tee $3 (Carters gift card)
Thomas Tee $.50 (yard sale)
Total spent: $53
Purchased with store credit: $29
Purchased with gift cards: $21
Out of pocket expense: $3
It really makes me happy that I only had to spend $3 out of pocket for his new clothes. Using gift cards and store credit really help to stretch our clothing budget. And, I especially love that almost everything we purchased was secondhand.
His entire fall/winter wardrobe includes:
6 nice t-shirts
3 pair good jeans
2 dress shirts
1 sweater vest
1 pair khakis
3 pair play pants/overalls
4 play shirts
4 pajama sets
5 pieces of outerwear (2 hoodies, 1 sweater, 1 fleece jacket, 1 rain jacket)
I’m not suggesting this is the perfect amount of clothes for a 3 year old child. It is, however, the right amount of clothing for our 3 year old and our lifestyle.
We attend a casual church and there is not a need to dress up every Sunday, he does not go to preschool so he mostly wears his play pants and shirts on the days we stay home all day and we typically experience mild winters in Georgia so there is not a need for heavy coats and thick winter clothing. (If we do happen to have a super cold snap, we’ll just layer him up for warmth with his hoodies and fleece jacket!)
Modeling his new khaki pants with a dress shirt and sweater vest from last winter.
Jeans and shirt from the resale store. Both gently used and purchased with store credit!
Benefits of a simple child’s wardrobe:
- Less clothing to organize and find storage for.
- Costs less. Not having a large wardrobe means you spend less on clothing!
- Easier to get dressed! It’s easier for the child to pick out their own clothes since they aren’t bombarded with a drawer/closet stuffed with clothes.
Do your children (or you) have simple wardrobes?
I’ve been busy during the month of October working through 31 Days to Living Intentionally Simple which was written and worked through originally last October. My home was in desperate need of some attention, decluttering and cleaning so I’ve been working on the daily projects.
One thing about simplifying over 31 days is the daily projects really are manageable. Most projects have been completed in 30 minutes and a few of the more involved ones have all taken less than 2 hours!
Here are some results from my efforts to simplify:
The project from Day 2 was Simplifying in the Kitchen. This involved cleaning out the fridge, freezer and pantry. Let me tell you, those spaces needed some work. The biggest area of improvement was the refrigerator. I love a clean, well organized fridge, it really helps to prevent food waste and it’s nice opening it up and not seeing a jumbled mess!
My master bedroom had once again become a clutter zone. It needed help and 3 days (day 5, 6 & 8) were spent in the master. The first project was simply to remove everything that didn’t belong in the master. This meant all the folded laundry was put away, toys and children’s books were removed, the storage tote with clothes that no longer fit our boys was removed, along with other random stuff that was in our room. By the time everything that didn’t belong was gone, the difference was amazing! I could have ignored the next 2 projects and the room would have seemed clean but I went ahead and purged the closet and dresser and tidied the room even more over the next 2 project days.
The result of my 3 days of work in the master is a nice, tidy room that is relaxing and not cluttered with all kinds of random stuff. I’ve been removing everything that doesn’t belong in this room daily which has really helped me to maintain the neatness in our master. If you do nothing else in your master, just try removing the things that don’t belong there and you’ll see it makes a huge difference!
This is a pile of everything that has been decluttered so far in October. That laundry hamper and bag are both full of random stuff but it’s all leaving my house forever!
I shared on my Facebook page a few weeks ago this problem zone. This sewing desk has been sitting in a corner in our dining room for a couple of months and anytime we have an empty, purposeless space, it attracts stuff. So, things had been accumulating. I’ve put several things back where they belong, broke down the large box to recycle and returned a few borrowed items back to their owners.
Here is the space now, not completely clutter free just yet but I’m definitely making progress. Some of what remains is just because of laziness – we haven’t taken the time to put the items where they belong. An example, that white sign, which says ‘Splish Splash’ was painted for our bathroom and we just haven’t taken the time to hang it up!
I hope this scene reminds you that while we do live simply, we’re not perfect and still have problem areas! But, baby steps are the key in conquering the clutter.
Have you been doing any of the 31 Days to Living Intentionally Simple projects? Are you noticing a difference in your home?
The past few months, I’ve been slowing down with blogging, social media and time spent on the Internet in general. I’ve posted sporadically a few times these past two months but mostly have taken a break from this space.
It’s been nice to have a break, to take all pressure off of myself that I have to write something and just focus on being a mama.
The nice things about breaks, they leave you refreshed and excited! While, I don’t plan on jumping in and posting multiple times a week, I am excited to start posting a bit more regularly and have all kinds of topics to write about swirling around in my head.
One of the things I’m most excited about for October is revisiting 31 Days to Living Intentionally Simple which I wrote last October. There’s a small project each day to help you declutter, simplify and organize your life. The changing of the seasons has me desiring to go through my home and simplify more in preparation for the holidays. I plan to share about my progress on my Intentionally Simple Facebook page (and maybe a blog post or two!)
If you’re desiring a simpler home, join me! It’s amazing how a small project each day really adds up to a simplified home by the end of the month. If you’re curious what the projects are, here’s the link to a list of all of them: 31 Days to Living Intentionally Simple.
And, I’m interested in what topics would you like to see me writing about?