I've come to believe that less really is more.
I was washing a lot of kids' clothes that hadn't even been dirtied. Lecturing my kids on caring for their clothes way too often. Breaking up fights over who's shirt this is because it's been at the bottom of the closet so long that nobody knows anymore.
And I decided that less is more. That we don't need to keep every article of clothing we've acquired.
So I picked a number. Three. We will only keep three of each type of clothing for each child.
Three long sleeve t-shirts. Three short sleeve t-shirts. Three pairs of jeans. Three skirts for the girls. Three khakis for the boy.
Three sets of flannel pajamas and three sets of cotton pajamas.
The exceptions are underwear and socks. We kept plenty of them.
And formal clothes. I kept one nice winter dress/suit and one summer-y dress/suit for each child.
My children seem to thrive best when they have options, but not so many options that it is overwhelming. So somehow getting dressed has become easier now that they have less clothing.
The number three works well for us because I do laundry several times a week. You may need to choose a different number depending on your own families system for doing laundry. But keep in mind that three of everything equals more than three days worth of clothes: three skirts, three pants, three t-shirts and three button-up blouses will keep a little girl clothed for six days.
Just pick a number and then edit ruthlessly.
Does this sound too radical? Why not try putting the extra clothes in a bag in the basement or garage for a few weeks. If you get through a couple weeks without needing anything from that bag you can donate it with confidence!
And because you stuck around through this text-heavy almost-no-pictures post I'm going to reward you with a photo tutorial of how to fold your kids' pajamas into nice little packages!
Fold in sleeves
Fold into thirds
And again the other way
Fold pants in half
Fold crotch in
Fold bottom half up
Put folded shirt on top and fold pants around shirt.