Back To School–Capsule Wardrobes For Kids


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Going back to school is a messy business.

  • School supplies
  • Paperwork
  • Before School Dates
  • School Clothes

What I did this year for my kids’ clothes saved us time, money, and space!  Want to know more?  

This year getting ready for school cost us $400.  That includes school supplies, shoes, clothes and all.  For four kids, that’s not so bad!

Fall wardrobe

Fall outfit model

It was The Capsule Project that helped us the most saving us money and space; two commidities we need to use efficiently.

After coming across the idea of a capsule wardrobe multiple times in the past three weeks, my interest was picqued.  It all started with Jacey Verdicchio of The Balanced Wife.  Her posts sent me over to Un-Fancy.  I caught up with Nellie Bellie‘s wardrobe choices as well.

fall wardrobe

Outfit combination

But it was only when I met Karin from Truncation Blog that I decided to take the leap.  Karin is a Twin Cities Mama who understands the need for simplifying and the struggles of being a mom, so since I wasn’t ready to take the leap for myself yet, she was more than supportive of my efforts to try it out for my kids.

More School Clothes Shopping Ideas:
FFTC’s Guide to School Clothes Shopping on a Budget

What I love most about Karin’s example is her personalized rules.  Most capsule wardrobe rules are very strict, designating a hard and fast number to the pieces you can have (37 or 40).  Karin is a little more laid-back, due to the unpredictable nature of Minnesota weather.


 

Truncation Blog Capsule Rules (Paraphrased)

  • Four seasons: June-August, September-November, December-February, and March-May.
  • No predetermined number limit–each capsule has the smallest number comfortably possible.
  • Capsules include clothes and shoes, not unders, accessories, workout, jackets.
  • Will allow for digging out warmer clothing in the middle of the summer if needed.
  • No shopping once the capsule is closed until three weeks before the next capsule.
  • Spend only budgeted amount for next capsule.

(If you want the more detailed version, go here)

 


The Capsule Project

In our case, we took all of our clothes, determined how many shirts and bottoms we wanted and started counting them out.  We also determined how many sweaters/sweatshirts to allow.

This is Minnesota.

But the first thing we needed to do was organize their room.

Our starting point.

  • Organizing, SimplifyingGetting down to business
  • Summer clothesOur starting point

Then, we needed to sort clothes.

  • fall wardrobeGoing through their fall wardrobe
  • Capsule wardrobeBoys find their own fun while the girls and mom work

The end result.

  • Summer wardrobeOrganized closet
  • Fall wardrobeOrganized room
  • fall wardrobeMy beauties

The Finished Capsule 

I am featuring Kyla’s fall capsule, so as not to overwhelm you with all my children!

  • clothesTops
  • clothesBottoms
  • clothesDresses
  • WardrobeSweaters
  • ClothesShoes, boots from last year, new Chucks and new Toms
  • clothesSummer Outfit for those days in the fall that are hot
  • clothes

If you are interested in seeing an adult-version, Karin has just posted her fall capsule.  Oh, it makes me drool.  I love it. And in an effort of full disclosure, I just put together my very FIRST capsule.  If you are interested, I will be putting it in our newsletter that goes out on Friday, so make sure you sign up for Family Planning if you want to see it.  (It’s nothing special and I still need to go buy a pair of khakis that probably won’t make the photo, but I’ve pretty much finished)

 

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