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How many clothes do your kids need?

post #1 of 18
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I was wondering this today when I was going through last years summer clothes to see if they fit. Ds has 6 pairs of shorts (all different colors except 2 jean shorts), butload of tshirts, 2 tank tops, pair of last years sandals. Dd has 2 shorts, 4 skirts (2 outfits), 3 dresses, 2 pair capri pants, butload of short sleeve shirts, pair of last years sandals. I'm going to Target today (sale) for another pair of sandals for each of them, 1 pair of shorts each (not so sure for dd though), sundress for dd (easter basket), swim trunks for ds (easter basket). When i write it out it seems like they have alot but it doesn't feel that way when we're looking for something to wear . What does everybody else have for summer clothes and what do you need to buy this year?
post #2 of 18
My kids have 3 pair of shorts--blue, khaki and denim. As for t-shirts I am comfortable with them only having 4 or 5. They each have one pair of shoes and one pair of sandals for the summer.

In the winter time they have 3 pair of jeans and a pair of khaki pants, 4 or 5 long sleeve shirts (this year they were able to share, but one is the next size up now) and there one pair of shoes.

We are minimalists when it comes to clothing in this house.
post #3 of 18
My boys have WAY too many clothes. I finally went through and inventoried everything - which took a while since we have everything from 3-6 months to size 6. But it was eye-opening. We have WAY too much. It has been very helpful though because I know without a doubt my yonngest son doesn't need a thing!

I have no clue what the perfect number is, but i'm working to pair my boys stuff down. It also helps to see that my 2 year old has about 5 pairs of sweatpants, but 3 of them don't really go with any shirts he have. It's sad really. I'm hoping that by going through their stuff and keeping only the basics that can be mixed up to make additional outfits, we'll be able to get rid of the bulk of it!
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Originally Posted by ChickyHip View Post

My kids have 3 pair of shorts--blue, khaki and denim. As for t-shirts I am comfortable with them only having 4 or 5. They each have one pair of shoes and one pair of sandals for the summer.

In the winter time they have 3 pair of jeans and a pair of khaki pants, 4 or 5 long sleeve shirts (this year they were able to share, but one is the next size up now) and there one pair of shoes.

We are minimalists when it comes to clothing in this house.

Wow, we posted at the same time so I missed this, but you are amazing... I don't think I could pair down this much. My baby though has at least 15 little short outfits for summer, in addition to probably 15 t-shirts... it's WAY too much and I know it. I'm impressed by your minimalist attitude though. I really need to work on this some more!!
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Originally Posted by SAHMto3boys View Post

Wow, we posted at the same time so I missed this, but you are amazing... I don't think I could pair down this much. My baby though has at least 15 little short outfits for summer, in addition to probably 15 t-shirts... it's WAY too much and I know it. I'm impressed by your minimalist attitude though. I really need to work on this some more!!

Thanks. One thing that also helps--We don't have any stores in town that sell clothes, besides the thrift store and they NEVER have clothes in my boys' size. When I am at a store that sells clothing I really really think about what we need before I buy and what we can get by on.
post #6 of 18
You know, I don't know what is right for this answer! I don't even know what is right for us. When my daughter was born we had a massive amount of clothing and we still have a massive amount of clothing. But when the baby was born something started to clink with me! And I've scaled back, a lot, for both kids. I think I really like the rules of five! But we'll see. My daughter still has a lot of clothing from last summer that may or may not still fit.
post #7 of 18
I keep about 10 days worth of clothing per child. I already live in the laundry room, so I like to keep the kid's loads to one load per week. DD is getting bigger, so her clothes are getting more difficult to cram into the washing machine all at one time.
post #8 of 18
My kids definitely have a lot of clothes, way more than their friends. When friends come over, many just stare at their closets and count how many jeans...and they all have to count the shoes (about 15 prs of jeans/kid, and about 13 prs of shoes-I don't even know how many shirts). I always buy everything on sale, so I don't spend much. I like them to have variety. I rarely do laundry. I was always under the impression everyone had that many shoes (I really don't notice) until their friends comments. Even the teachers notice they always have new shoes and clothes on. It's almost like a game with my oldest daughter...her friends like to see how long she can go with a different pair of shoes & jeans. Everything has a place and is rotated so it is always worn, nothing is wasted. To answer your original question though, I sort of know they don't "need" that much.
post #9 of 18
My oldest DS is almost 12, and wears mens clothes, so he doesn't have as many as my youngest DS (8) because it is harder to find bargains for "young mens" clothes. My youngest DS has enough to clothe 5 kids. Way to many. But, I buy on clearance and pay around $1.50 - $2.00 for shirts and shorts. Most of them are name brand (NIKE, Adidas, etc), so they dress like a million bucks, without the expense. Now, my youngest DS has to many witner coats for next year. I think he has 8....I know, I know.....way to many. But, I founda Tommy winter coat like new for $1 and a Columbia winter coat like new for $1 at the same garage sale. The others I bought brand new, but only paid around $6 for the 2 Old Navy, and I paid $11 for the Adidas ones, all on clearance a couple months ago. The only thing I don' thave for next year for my youngest is jeans. I can't find a size 9 jeans ANYWHERE!
post #10 of 18
I am striving to cut down on the amount of clothes my children have. Ideally I would like for them to have 5-6 "bottoms" and 7-8 "tops" and a handful of "nice" church clothes. This would be ideal b/c then I would only have to do laundry once a week, and there would be fewer clothes to organize. Currently, my children have WAY too many clothes, and it is difficult to keep them organized. I hope to get better organized this summer. :-)
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