Don’t be alarmed, but I’m writing today on how to start a capsule wardrobe for kids as a back to school tip on my friend Rachel’s blog. If you’re like me, you might be shouting, “What?! Back to school already?” Or you may be perfectly ready to get your ducks in a row for back to school sales.
We personally just got out for summer break about a month ago for my oldest and only two weeks ago for my middle son. We’ve barely dipped our toes into our slow summer schedule or our summer bucket list. I know some families have been off for close to two months now and are ready to start preparing for a brand new school year.
Back to School Tip: Start a Capsule Wardrobe for Kids
There are parts of getting ready for back to school that I love – like buying new school supplies always makes me happy. I love new notebooks, pencils, and fresh highlighters! There are also parts of getting ready for back to school that I dread – like packing school lunches and clothes shopping.
Shopping has always been low on my list of pleasures, for as long as I can remember. I tolerated trips to the mall with my sisters and friends but rarely enjoyed it. Now that I’m an adult and also aware of the negative environmental impact of fast fashion, I dread it even more. Trying to make responsible decisions as a global citizen and also getting the jeans that your son needs, takes time and careful decision making. That’s why I love the idea of a children’s capsule wardrobe.
A capsule wardrobe is a smaller intentional wardrobe of quality pieces that one loves and looks forward to wearing. It is generally a set number of pieces for each season. Project 333 by Courtney Carver is a well known one that encourages a seasonal capsule wardrobe of 33 items for 3 months.
Here’s the beginning of my guest post, How to Create a Children’s Capsule Wardrobe for Back to School:
If you’re looking to simplify going back to school this Fall, consider starting a capsule wardrobe for your children. A capsule wardrobe is an intentional number of pieces of clothing that your children already love and will wear with joy. Capsule wardrobes are usually for one season. Project 333 is a popular website that encourages people to pick 33 items to wear for 3 months, and then switch the 33 items for the next 3 months.
You may love or hate back to school shopping. I happen to fall into the “hate” category. I really don’t enjoy shopping for clothes – my own or for my children. I started a capsule wardrobe for myself this past year and it’s been freeing to have less clothes, not more. Regardless of whether you love or hate shopping, people who try capsule wardrobes usually love it!
Before we get into the five steps to create a capsule wardrobe for your child, let’s talk about the benefits of a capsule wardrobe:
less overwhelm for your child and yourself. When you can see all of your clothing at once, it’s easier to decide what you want to wear that day
less laundry – a definite perk for any parent! I don’t know about you, but when my boys are digging through their drawers for their “favorite” t-shirt, they end up dumping things on the floor and leaving it there. Then when they need to clean up their room, all the perfectly clean clothes get picked up and put in the dirty hamper (not back in their drawer!)
the habit of decluttering. When you rotate your clothes seasonally, it becomes clear what you love to wear and what you don’t. It’s a built in opportunity to declutter your clothing 2-4 times a year.
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Let me know in the comments what you think of a capsule wardrobe for kids.
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