As I’m sure I’ve mentioned a few times, I live in Buffalo, New York. And I’ve lived here really my entire life (except college, and a year afterwards, which was in the Rochester area – only 60-90ish minutes away – definitely still the same climate type!). So you think by now, I wouldn’t be so surprised when the seasons change.
Of course, I say this, and it was still in the high 70s today – not exactly chilly. But it’s been cooler in the mornings and there are a few cooler days in the forecast ahead (I think…I don’t always remember to pay attention during the forecast part of the news).
I say all this because I just spent several hours this past weekend sorting through the bins I keep in each kid’s closet with clothes for the next season. It was suddenly cooler on Sunday and I completely freaked out because I was worried Asher had no clothes to wear that day. Of course, being September in Buffalo, you’d think I would have somewhat prepared for this earlier. Nope! Despite being totally ready for fall weather, the kids’ wardrobes were not.
But going through this seasonal routine, I realized the following things:
- I never remember how many clothes I buy, for either child, for the upcoming season. So when I completely freaked out on Sunday I worried that I hadn’t bought Asher any shirts for the fall/early winter season. I was wrong. There were easily 15 shirts. I think we’re good. And somehow we ended up with 4 fall jackets for Asher, too. A bit excessive. I might be trying to sell 1 to 3 of them! But, somehow Brynn has only 2 long sleeved shirts for fall (both of which my mother purchased for her!).
- Nor do I remember which kinds of clothes I buy. Did I buy any pajamas for Brynn? I was sure I was better this year and only got a couple pairs. Nope. Easily 6 or 7 pairs. Again, I think we’re set.
- I have a slight obsession with kid pajamas. I try to “buy ahead” for the kids, like buying summer items now that are on clearance for next summer. This, I have found, only really works for Brynn. Asher is giant and goodness knows what size he’ll be at any point. He’s a total wild card. Anyway, I must always be getting crazy deals on jammies, because I was knee deep in pajamas for BOTH kids. So much so, they need their own separate load when I go to wash everything.
- Which brings me to my next point. I need a better system for washing all these new clothes each season. I just spent 20 minutes, at least, pulling off size stickers and cutting price hangtags off all these new clothes. And who the heck designs these sock packages, by the way? I inevitably cut too close and make a tiny hole in the sock, or something that causes me to curse buying socks that come with those stupid plastic string connector things, holding them all together.
- Even though I always curse how long it takes to do all this, and always think I need to improve my overall system, I do secretly love this time. I love to start switching to brand new clothes. And I’m always ready for the switch for either season. Like now, totally ready for long sleeves and jeans. Whereas by
FebruaryApril, I’m definitely excited for sockless days, shorts, tees, and NO jackets!
So that’s my rambling for this Monday evening. What about all of you? Have you started getting kids clothes ready for fall (or your own clothes??)? Do you have a system to keep track of what you have and what else you still need to get, so you don’t turn into my frantically buying long sleeved shirts for your preschooler?
I’d love to hear any suggestions and tips! 🙂