A capsule wardrobe for kids

kids capsule wardrobe

There was a time when I was drowning in the kids’ washing – not only was there a lot to wash but putting it away was an effort too. Clothes falling out of the wardrobe, getting crinkled, me complaining I didn’t have enough space and feeling I was spending hundreds of dollars on clothes for the kids that they “needed”… My changed way of thinking (which you can learn about by watching my video here) allowed me to embrace having less. I began to downsize my children’s clothing significantly. I gave it away, I sold it (learn how here) and I quickly realised that I didn’t need more wardrobe space, I needed less stuff. Suddenly I had less clutter, less laundry, more money and a clearer headspace.

How to create a capsule wardrobe for your children

Remove items that your child does not wear

We’ve all got that t-shirt Aunty Sue got little Billy that we just don’t like, or the items that our children have outgrown, are damaged, or we’re holding onto ‘just in case’. REMOVE the items that don’t serve purpose. Donate, recycle (see the brilliant H&M recycling program here) or sell them (set yourself a goal to photograph and list the items within 24 hours and get those clothes OUT).

Stop buying in advance

I used to wait for sales to stock up for the following season (Seed Heritage particularly was my weakness).  I had a serious fear of missing out on offers but the reality is, there are always going to be offers and you just don’t know what the next season or year will bring. Children grow differently, you receive gifts, some larger items like jackets from the previous year still might fit, seasons change and it gets cooler later or earlier. I realised clothing always goes on sale, there will always be an opportunity to buy on special and stockpiling a year in advance doesn’t benefit me or my children.

Stick to a neutral colour palette

Lay low on the graphics, ensure you can mix and match. Pick colours you and your children love.

Recognise how much you actually ‘need’

It’s easy to walk through a department store and get caught in the hype of that beautiful little dress. But how many dresses/shoes/pants/jackets does your child really need? And I mean really need. For me it was a lot less than what I had. Knowing exactly what we have means I don’t get lured into new, shiny clothes like I used to.

Use a wardrobe checklist at the beginning of each season

I’ve created a seasonal checklist which ensures I don’t buy more clothes than what we need. Everyone’s list is going to be different, you may have more items or you may have less, climate and location play a huge part. These are my minimum guidelines. The kids might have more than what’s on the list already (through gifts or my own previous behaviours where I would over-purchase) but this list stops me buying MORE. If I already have the minimum number of a specific item for the coming season, I don’t purchase more of that item. The same principle applies if an item is damaged.

Summer girls

12 undies
6 pairs of socks
4 singlets
1 summer hat
2 pairs of swimmers
2 dresses
2 skirts
2 shorts
1 pair jeans
1 pair pants
1 jacket
1 cardigan
7 t-shirts short
2 t-shirts long
2 pairs summer pyjamas
1 pair thongs
1 pair sneakers
1 pair sandals
Raincoat

Summer boys

12 undies
6 pairs of socks
4 singlets
1 summer hat
2 pairs of swimmers
5 shorts
1 pair jeans
2 pants
1 jacket
1 jumper
2 short sleeve dress shirts
7 t-shirts short
2 t-shirts long
2 pairs summer pyjamas
1 pair thongs
1 pair sneakers
1 pair sandals
Raincoat

Winter girls

12 undies
6 pairs of socks
6 singlets
2 stockings
1 winter hat
2 long sleeved dresses
1 skirt
1 pair jeans
2 pants
2 leggings
1 jacket
2 jumpers
1 vest
1 cardigan
7 t-shirts long
2 t-shirts short
2 pairs winter pyjamas
2 tracksuits
Raincoat
Slippers
1 pair sneakers
1 pair closed dress shoes

Winter boys

12 undies
6 pairs of socks
6 singlets
1 winter hat
1 pair jeans
3 casual pants
1 pair dress pants
1 dress shirt
1 jacket
2 jumpers
1 vest
7 t-shirts long
2 t-shirts short
2 pairs winter pyjamas
2 tracksuits
Raincoat
Slippers
1 pair sneakers
1 pair closed dress shoes

Too many clothes? Too little? Who knows. Remember there are no rules. Create an approach that works for you. A capsule wardrobe will allow you to start buying intentionally and with consideration.  It will help you value what you have and remove the stress of not having enough space or not knowing what your children should be wearing. Simplify and take back control of your space!

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I’m Nic, wife and Mum to two little people. I’m based in Sydney, Australia. I created The Simple Housewife to inspire others to buy with intention, eat well with simple ingredients, own less and live more. 

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