Mornings with kids are hectic and we all have those days where we can’t seem to find outfits which go together, despite our kids having a mountain of clothes. This can be stressful and feel wasteful as, usually, kids out-grow their clothes before they’ve had much wear leaving you with piles of clutter to deal with.
If this sounds familiar then a capsule wardrobe could be the solution.
Capsule wardrobes come with great benefits:
- They can lighten your mental load because fewer items to choose from means fewer decisions to make.
- You won’t have as much laundry to deal with as it takes less time to wash, dry, iron and put away clothes.
- There is less waste as your kid’s wardrobe will be clutter free so you’ll always know what you have – nothing will end up hidden at the back of a drawer and end up going unworn. ( A sustainable way to live)
- Your kids will get more wear out of their clothes so that by the time they’ve outgrown them you won’t need to feel guilty about having a clear out and buying a new batch.
- You’ll save time as it will be quicker and easier to decide which clothes to pull out for the next day’s outfit.
- You’ll save money because you’re more aware of what you do have meaning you’re less likely to over-buy, duplicate or spend money on something you don’t really need.
To start your kid’s capsule wardrobe, first you need to declutter. These are the questions I ask myself when a wardrobe sort out for my daughter rolls around:
Does it fit?
Take out anything which is too small, this will help you sort through things quickly as it’s a simple yes or no answer.
Is it damaged?
If anything is so stained or damaged that you can’t repair it, it needs to go. You could recycle or repurpose these items to help make sure they don’t end up in landfill.
Does it go with anything else?
Lay out tops and trousers on the floor and match up outfits – do things go together? If you have items which don’t match anything else then it’s unlikely they’re going to get worn so hand them down to someone who will wear then or donate them to charity.
Do they wear it?
We all have favourite outfits which get worn again and again leaving other things left unworn. If something falls into that category add it to the donations pile or sell it on a resale site. Once you’ve cleared some space you can make a start on your little one’s new capsule wardrobe. The best time to do this is after a growth spurt or when the seasons change.
First things first, choose a colour scheme
Sticking to a colour palette makes it so much easier to put outfits together in a hurry. Keep your theme in mind when you buy something new and ask other people to do the same.
Get the basics covered
Think about what you dress your kids in the most and stock-up on those. Avoid buying extra items outside of this unless they have somewhere specific to wear them. Choose clothes which can be layered up or down depending on the weather so that they can be worn all year round.
Avoid buying sets
How often have you bought an outfit set for your kids and found that one of the items doesn’t fit? The top will be the right size but the leggings are too big, and by the time they’ve grown into them, the top is too small. Instead, buy separates. That way you only buy what you need, in a size that fits and nothing gets left unworn.
Ask people not to buy clothes as gifts
Being given clothes as gifts can leave you with a drawer full of outfits that never get worn because they don’t go with anything else. Or worse, you end up going out to buy more clothes to match the gift and end up with more clothes than necessary, taking up time and space that you don’t have. If people want to buy clothes for your child, be specific about what you need.
Not only does a capsule wardrobe make life simpler and save you time, it allows you to live in a more sustainable way.
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Thank you Annie, its great to have an insight into how a capsule wardrobe can really benefit kids as well as us adults. It is certainly a service we are asked for more and more now, and it can be so much fun creating a capsule wardrobe for kids. Not to mention how much time can be saved when getting this right!
Annie took our Life Styling Quiz, and discovered what her organisation personality was. And what a perfect fit! Her profile completely supports all the wondering tips she has shared and how a capsule wardrobe can create minimal visual clutter.