Are the laundry baskets overflowing at your house? Is it a struggle to get your child’s laundry done? Is there clothing all over their bedroom floor but you only see the few favorite things coming through the laundry?
These scenes are ones that I have been fighting the last couple of years. I knew we had to change something. I was tired of having SO much laundry to do. Laundry is something that always needed be done at our house, but was there a way to minimize some of it? I was tired of the boys’ bedroom looking like a miniature tornado had gone through it after they searched for something to wear. There had to be a better way.
I began looking into options. A family closet wouldn’t work for our house and, with only two boys at the time, seemed a little over the top. What about a minimalist wardrobe?
Minimalist wardrobes and capsule wardrobes seem to be the new thing. You may have already heard of the concept and thought about putting it into practice for yourself, but what about a minimalist wardrobe for children?
What do I keep for a child’s minimalist wardrobe?
I started going through the boys’ clothes. The first things saved were the favorites. Favorite pants and favorite tops were the base of our minimalist wardrobe. Here are the specifics on what I decided to keep:
Minimalist Children’s Wardrobe- Play Clothes
(These are clothes that are allowed to be ripped, stained, etc)
7 short sleeve tops
7 long sleeve tops
7 pair pants/jeans
7 pair pants/shorts
3-4 pair pajamas
Minimalist Children’s Wardrobe- Nice Clothes
(Church or other events)
3-4 short sleeve tops
3-4 long sleeve tops
3-4 pair pants/jeans
Acessories for a Minimalist Children’s Wardrobe
1 pair each play shoes/nice shoes/snow boots/mud boots/sandals
1 Winter Coat/Snowpants
1 pair swim shorts
Socks and Underwear (I personally think this number should be unlimited)
Here are some things to consider as you go about putting together a minimalist wardrobe for your child:
Does this color look good on my child? If not and it is in good condition either give it away, sell it, or donate it.
Does this piece bring joy to my child? These are the pieces that you will save first. The favorites.
What do I need for the weather in my area? If you live on the beach you probably aren’t going to want the winter coat, snowpants, and other winter weather items. You may want more shorts and beach appropriate wear.
How many do I need of each clothing item? You may find that you need less play clothes and more good/casual clothing.
Will this amount of clothing last my child until I get laundry done? If you only wash laundry on the weekends, you may want to have more clothing than if you wash every couple of days.
Teach your child that just because something is worn once it doesn’t necessarily need to be washed before another use. Jeans and pants can usually be worn at least two times before they need to be washed while shirts may need to go in the hamper after one use.
A couple of months after drastically reducing my children’s wardrobes I’m amazed at how much we were able to get rid of and that we don’t even miss. The laundry pile is smaller. All the clothes fit into two drawers per child. I made some money off the clothing we got rid of. Also, I don’t see clothes that aren’t worn in the laundry. I still get behind on laundry every once in a while, but now that is due to busyness NOT having too many clothes to wash.
Spring is the perfect time to revamp your child’s wardrobe! You are already getting out summer clothes already, why not give a minimalist wardrobe a try?
If you or your child has a minimalist wardrobe do you have any tips for those who want to start minimizing their own wardrobe?
Rebekah Thompson blogs at Surviving Toddlerhood. She has been married for 6 years and is momma to three little boys ages 5, 2 1/2 and newborn. She is working on certification to become a certified birth doula through DONA International and considers herself a birth junkie. She enjoys good coffee and tea, dark chocolate, running and learning as much as possible about health and fitness. You can check out her blog at www.survivingtoddlerhood.com