It’s that time of the year again, friends! School is in full swing now and even though we are still experiencing some warm temperatures, I know that fall will be here before we know it. With three children to clothe, I must have a plan when it comes to transitioning their wardrobe for the cold weather season. I don’t want to wake up and realize that fall weather is here and the kids have nothing to wear!
I’ve shared before how I transition their clothes without loosing my mind, but the first step of the process is figuring out what they actually need.
Without thinking intentionally about what they REALLY need, I will either: 1.) spend too much or 2.) end up with more clothes than they will actually wear. Our clothing budget is limited and we have a small house with awkward storage, so planning for what we really need is always important for us.
I’m a list maker by nature, so my process always starts with a paper and pen. I try to stick to this basic list for each child (my children are 5, 3, and 1), but this is a simply a guide. There is no one-size-fits-all list because each family’s needs are different and weather can vary quite a bit.
The quantities I include can also vary, based on how often you do laundry and how much money you have to spend on clothing for the season. I aim for the higher numbers if we can because our kids can get quite messy!
5 casual outfits for play (pieces can be interchangeable)
2-3 nicer casual outfits
4 dressy outfits (dresses/skirts for girls, button ups/polos/dress pants/dress shorts for boys)
5-7 pairs of pajamas
5-7 pairs of underwear
5-7 pairs of socks
leggings (if these aren’t included in your everyday outfits)
heavy tights (for girls)
1 pair of tennis shoes
1 pair of dress shoes
Fall/Winter Seasonal Items
hats & gloves
holiday themed outfits (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s Day, etc.)
Since you may be in the thick of determining what your kids actually need too, I created a FREE printable that might help with your brainstorming. I listed the main categories that I use to plan my children’s wardrobes. There is room for you to write specific items and quantities in each box as you plan.
I hope you will find it helpful as you begin to transition your children’s wardrobes for those crisper and cooler temperatures.
What are your children’s must have items for fall & winter?
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