For the first time in 6 years of parenting, I found myself in a new place. I needed to buy her some clothes. When she was only 6 months old, a friend generously gave me five 30 gallon garbage bags full of clothes (swimsuits, snowsuits, winter coats, summer clothes, winter clothes, pajamas - up through size 5). It was an amazing gift, and I quickly set about buying storage bins and organizing it all.
I also got into the habit of shopping end of season clearance sales and garage sales. When a new year rolled around and there was need of a bigger size, I simply got out the next bin and rummaged through.
Then I became a bit of a minimalist. I stopped buying ahead. You see, buying ahead frustrated me. I would buy here and there, not caring how interchangeable everything was. When I sorted through the next size I would find many "holes" to fill - which would send me on a mission to shop. It also resulted in closets full of clothes.
Last year I vowed to stop doing this. I even decided to stop buying clothes altogether for my girls, to see what would happen. But this weekend, I realized I actually needed to get my girl some bigger sizes. We had a couple new things already from Grandma, but not enough to get us through summer.
Yesterday we went shopping and we were able to create a wonderful, interchangeable, minimalist wardrobe for summer. It includes:
- 5 pair shorts
- 10 shirts
- 5 nicer outfits (dresses, skirts)
- 2 zip up sweatshirts (left over from spring)
- 3 pair pants (left over from spring)
I love the simplicity of versatility of it. Now if only I could get my younger daughter to minimize her dress collection!