The following is a guest post from regular contributor, Angie at Echoes of Laughter.
Over the last two weeks, my youngest child has been telling me that he needs a WHOLE new wardrobe…nothing fits him, everything is too tight, and he has nothing to wear. Sound familiar? And he needs all new t-shirts and shorts. Oh my! Poor child! To be fair, he has grown a ton this year and outgrown many of his clothes. As I thought of the many clothing items that have gone to Goodwill over the winter, it was easy to buy into the idea that he really did have NOTHING to wear and that I might as well resign myself to taking him to The Mall to buy an assortment of summer items. However, the organizer in me thought I should first take an inventory of his wardrobe and organize a shopping list.
To begin, I used Laura’s organizing PROCESS, which breaks down organizing into a series of easy-to-follow steps. My plan of attack was to itemize everything he already had…all of which could easily be found on the floor of his bedroom. No wonder this child can’t find anything to wear!
Then we removed things that were too small or too stained. And we organized what we had left into piles. Oh yes…I had him help! This is what we were left with:
-1 bathing suit
-2 pairs of jeans
-3 pairs of pajamas
– 0 shorts
Thank goodness I used PROCESS because clearly with 17 T-shirts, this child does not need anymore! With 2 for every day of the week and then some, he has more than enough to see him through the end of the summer. And also, more importantly, it became clear to him that he did have lots of T-shirts to wear. What did become glaringly obvious….he has 0 pairs of shorts that fit him! Now I know that we need to set a budget and organize a shopping trip for shorts for the summer. I am thinking that 4 pairs of shorts will be sufficient for summer, especially since it is fair to guess that whatever we buy this summer will not fit next summer.
I am so thankful that I took a little extra time to organize his wardrobe using PROCESS because I might have spent a lot of money on things that were not needed. Now, I can just buy the things that ARE needed. Using the PROCESS saved me money and will make our shopping trip much easier since we can just focus on shorts.
Have you used Laura’s PROCESS in helping you to organize a child’s wardrobe before heading off to The Mall to spend money? If not, I highly recommend it!
Wishing you a great week!
Angie’s blog, Echoes of Laughter, is all about filling your home with love and laughter. She loves creative projects, organizing & decorating, cooking, baking, and all things domestic. Angie lives in Alberta, Canada, with her husband and two great kids.