I aim for eight to ten everyday/play outfits for each kid. In the summer it is easier to think in terms of outfits rather than bottoms/tops since everything has to be washed after each wear anyway (unlike in the winter when they can wear a pair of jeans a couple of times before washing.) I also plan three or four nicer/church outfits for each child. I do laundry twice a week so this is more than enough!
They day after laundry day I lay out eight outfits on my bed that I like. Then I ask them if they have any changes they would like to make. Usually they are fine with my outfits or a a couple minor changes. Then these clothes get put away and all other clothes get stored away out of sight. I also do this with their nicer clothes.
In addition to their summer outfits I keep one or two pairs of jeans/pants and two sweatshirts available for cooler days. I try to keep it to three pairs of shoes for each kid...one everyday play shoe, one pair tennis shoe, one pair church shoes. Each child also has a light weight coat.
|Ruthie's summer outfits.|
|Hannah's summer outfits.|
|Hannah's summer dresses...she mostly wears dresses so some of these are everyday dresses.|
|Asher's summer outfits.|
A couple tips:
* Stick to neutral bottoms...denim, khaki, brown, olive...then kids can mix-and-match outfits and they still look good!
* Accept ALL hand-me-downs but don't look at ANY of them until you can do it WITHOUT the kids around. You choose what you want to keep/what you need and then get rid of the rest BEFORE the kids see it!
* Think ahead...at least one to two sizes.
Do you have any other tips for managing kids clothes?