Friday, July 20, 2012

How to decide what you REALLY need in your closets...

For the past three years, we have had clothes for our girls coming out of our EARS, but have started to need to re-organize, pair down, and come up with a good "system" as to what we all really NEED in our closets.  I found this great article online with the following list that helps me keep the closets simple and practical.  Hoping this list will help in my spring cleaning endeavors...
Toddlers and Pre-schoolers
9-10 everyday outfits
3-4 dressy church outfits
3-4 casual dressy outfits
4-5 pajamas
2 pairs play shoes
1 pair dress shoes
1 pair casual nice shoes (optional)

School Age
(including teen boys, if your teens complain about the clothes, make them responsible for them, including paying for the extras that they want.)
3-4 pairs of jeans or school pants
7-9 school shirts
1-2 pairs dress pants
3-4 dress shirts
1-2 casual dressy outfits
2-3 pajamas
1 pair school shoes
1 pair causal shoes or 1 pair of shoes for dirty work
1 pair dress shoes

Women (stay at home)
5-7 everyday comfortable attractive outfits (NO SWEATS, I REPEAT, NO SWEATS!)
1 outfit for dirty work such as painting
4-5 casual dressy outfits (depending on your social life)
4-5 dressy church outfits
2 pairs of comfortable shoes (one for painting and one for wearing everyday)
2-3 pairs casual dressy shoes like loafers
4 pairs dressy shoes for church (black, navy, white and tan pumps or flats)
Adjust shoes for your wardrobe

Women (who work outside the house)
7-9 work/dressy outfits
5-7 casual outfits
2-3 outfits for relaxing at home
3-4 pair work shoes (depends on your work. Only 2 if you wear tennis shoes or the like to work)
3 pairs casual shoes

For everyone, you need:
1 winter coat
1 dress coat
1-2 pairs boots, short and long

Remember, these are just the bare bones of a wardrobe. Add or subtract according to your needs. The main thing is to be ruthless. Most women wear only 20% of the clothes 80% of the time. Get rid of everything else!
You can get most kids clothes at garage sales for a fraction of the new price. Be picky and only buy the few things you love. By spending one morning going to garage sales, I found all the clothes I needed for my 3 year old son. We usually get enough clothing as Christmas gifts, but this year he didn’t get everything that he needed. I spent three hours and $5 on everything from shirts to shoes. I got 10 shirts, 5 pairs of jeans, 3 pairs of shoes and 4 pairs of pajamas. I saved myself $225. That is $75 an hour I “earned” by going to garage sales or 24 hours (3 days) less my husband would have had to work to buy the clothes.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Article for all my oboe parents (and anyone else interested)

This is a great article about private lessons from an economists point of view. I hope this helps make sense of why I don't offer make up lessons on a regular basis.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

First blackberries of the season...

I bought Blair this blackberry bush for Father's day two years ago. When I bought it, it was about a foot tall and didn't have any berries the first season. He is so proud of this thing and has tended to it as much as he tends to the dog: caring for the new springs, putting out the plastic owl to make sure no bugs or animals get to it, and checking on it every day to see what kind of progress it is making. Here's a picture of the first berries of the summer...

Sunday, June 19, 2011