With four children, in a three bedroom house; a minimalistic approach to living is a necessity.  Not only is space something to consider, but also wash, and money.  I am starting to realize I have made some bad choices considering children’s clothing and if I started over I would do things completely different.  As I went to pull down boxes of size 24 month clothes for Micah, I was overwhelmed by the amount of clothing I had stored away for that size.  Even though there was a lot of clothing, you couldn’t find matches for all of it and a lot of it wasn’t practical.

Here are some things I have noticed regarding children’s clothing.  First, If you get clothing with odd colors or designs, that need a particular top or bottom to go with it, it is hard to use the second piece for a hand me down. So first point, get things that mix and match.  Second, it’s easy to buy cheap clothing, but it doesn’t last.  Cheap is not worth the money, you will spend more in the long run, espcially if you have multiple children.  Third, kids don’t need a lot of clothing; it is better to get a few long-lasting pieces, rather than get a lot of junk.  Lastly, the less clothing you have, the easier it is for a child to dress themselves, put their clothing away, and the less wash for you.

I recently heard of something called a capsule wardrobe, also called 333.  You pick 33 pieces of clothing for 3 months.  This clothing includes accessories, shoes, and jackets.  Not intimates or sleeping/ lounging clothes.  I really thought this would be a great thing to adopt, but I have realized with kids they could go with even less.  At the most it takes about two to four days until a piece of clothing is clean.

Clothing For a Girl for a Year

  • 5 Short Sleeve Shirts (these could also be slept in)
  • 5 Long Sleeve Shirts (these could also be slept in)
  • 2 Long Sleeve Dresses
  • 2 Short Sleeve/ summer dresses
  • 4 Skirts (these should be versatile, either for summer or winter)
  • 4 bike shorts (for under skirts and dresses in summer)
  • 4 leggings (for under skirts and dresses in winter)
  • 2 Pairs of Jeans
  • 2 Nice shorts
  • 3 pairs on sweatpants/ for lounging or sleeping
  • pairs of comfy shorts/ for lounging or sleeping
  • 2 zip up sweatshirts
  • 2 cardigans
  • 1 nice spring and summer dress for easter and nice events
  • 1 nice winter dress for christmas and nice events
  • 2 swim suits
  • 1 snow suit (use jacket for cold days of winter)
  • 1 lighter jacket for fall and spring
  • 1 rain jacket
  • Rainbows (get gender neutral so they can be handed down)
  • Snowboots ( gender neutral)
  • sneakers
  • Dress Shoes
  • Sandals

That is a Total of 55 items for a year.  Use hand me downs first then shop for things that you can easily mix or match, possibly some things could even be gender neutral, for an example a gray zip up sweatshirt, sweatpants, snow pants and boots, rain boots.

Boy Clothing Items

  • 5 Short Sleeve Shirts (these could also be slept in)
  • 5 Long Sleeve Shirts (these could also be slept in)
  • 2 Nice short sleeve button ups
  • 2 nice long sleeve button ups
  • 2 Short Sleeve/ summer dresses
  • 3 Pairs of Jeans
  • 3 Nice shorts
  • 2 pairs of khaki pants
  • 3 pairs on sweatpants/ for lounging or sleeping
  • 3 pairs of comfy shorts/ for lounging or sleeping
  • 2 zip up sweatshirts
  • 2 sweaters
  • 1 nice shirt and tie for winter events
  • 1 nice shirt and tie for summer events
  • 2 swim suits
  • 1 snow suit (use jacket for cold days of winter)
  • 1 lighter jacket for fall and spring
  • 1 rain jacket
  • Rainboots (get gender neutral so they can be handed down)
  • Snowboots ( gender neutral)
  • sneakers
  • Dress Shoes
  • Sandals

This is a total of 48 items for the year.  Since Micah was born I have only spent (edited, I had forgot some purches so, I have spent about $205) on clothing for him because I was able to utilize hand-me downs.  For this fall/ winter I only had to buy one more long sleeve shirt and 1 pair of sneakers.  Saving hand-me downs saves a lot of money.  Get quality and practical clothes for your first kids, so you can continue to hand them down.

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