But preparing to welcome another child into our little home makes simplifying all the more alluring.
A simple goal: I'm a mom. I want my little girl to be dressed cute and "girlie" and I don't want to have to wash laundry every day. ;) But it certainly doesn't take a dresser full of clothes or half a dozen pairs of shoes to accomplish this!
While sorting through her summer clothes and determining what she'll need for the winter (so I can shop garage sales), a few questions came to mind.
How many messy is your child? Rose can easily go through two or three outfits a day (and I know sons are even messier), but usually it is more like one or two outfits daily. And of course, if it isn't dirty, don't wash it!
How often do you do laundry? I have two days each week that are "empty laundry basket" days (even if it does only last five minutes), so she needs less clothes than if I catch up on laundry just once a week.
And finally, using need in the loosest sense possible, What clothes does my child need to be presentable, cute and clean?
Here is the simple list that I compiled for Rosalind. Any suggestions would be very welcome!
- Dress clothes: Two or three outfits.
- Everyday clothes: Seven or eight outfits. Since Rosalind has been given so many adorable jumpers/sundresses these two categories tend to overlap. I can't bear to only let her wear them to church. :) Oh well!
- Pajamas: Especially in the summer I don't think they're necessary. Rosalind usually just wears a fresh comfortable play outfit or onesie (that I can throw a jumper or overalls on top of in the morning) or else a comfortable but slightly-too-small outfit from last year. In the winter a couple warm snugly pairs are great.
- Shoes: dress shoes and a pair for everyday play (if they're neutral all the better!)
- For girls: Hair bands, ribbons and bows. Perhaps the simplest difference between unkempt and tidy is simply making sure hair isn't covering the eyes.
- Summer fun: Swimwear, "wet shoes" and a sunhat or two.
- Winter warmth: Jacket, gloves, hat and winter boots.
- ...and bibs: Twenty or thirty might be enough.
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