Somewhere around my son’s second birthday I really stopped caring about his clothing. Was it mostly clean? Great. Put it on. Was it hipster fabulous? Not really. Some days he looked pretty awesome in little Converse, skinny jeans and a button down. Most days he just looked… clothed.
That’s still the case two years later. We tend to buy socks, underwear and jeans ourselves. The rest we buy second hand on eBay (shoes!) and receive as gifts.
I keep kid clothing clutter down by not having a lot of clothing. My barometer for how much we have is, can I still find stuff without folding any of it?
Kid Clothing Clutter isn’t a problem for me because a) my kids are young and b) they have NO INTEREST in what they wear. Really, almost no interest. Occasionally the older one will request his rain boots or rain jacket instead of his regular brown shoes and winter jacket. He has a hockey t-shirt he likes to wear. But mostly I just grab and go with no complaints. I am sure this will change but for now, I am enjoying life on easy street and feeling extra excited that next year he starts wearing a uniform to school (even less choice!).
This tale of the easy life is no help to anyone that is struggling with a five year-old demanding multiple outfit changes a day or teenagers that refuse to wear anything you have purchased for them.
So, friends, we all need your help. Parents of older children or those that are picky dressers, how do you manage keeping the closet full of just what they’ll wear? Do you put a limit on how much clothing they can have? Do you remove items seasonally and as they outgrow them? Do you let them make all the choices?
The best part of blogging is the conversation in the comments. That’s where I learn new strategies and get previews of things to come in my household. So please, tell us your secrets. And if you are struggling with this problem in your own house, share the problem. I am hopeful a few of parents of older children have developed some strategies we can all learn from.
P.S. Too much clothing for babies and toddlers is still a parent driven problem. Thank people for gifts and then donate anything you won’t use. Return those 0-3 month size jeans for store credit and just keep what you’ll use over five to seven days.