Back to School Clothes Shopping List
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Kohls™. In exchange I received a Kohl’s Gift Card. As always, all opinions are my own.
Hey friends! Today I am going to share with you my routine for going through my kids clothes at the end of each summer to get their wardrobe ready for a new school year! I have two elementary aged boys and one daughter going into preschool. I use the same method for all three of them!
We already started some back to school shopping the other day! My husband took our oldest out on a one-on-one night and so I took my younger two over to Kohl’s to get a few outfits! They really have such a great selection of kids clothes and shoes there! And my kids love the Carter’s collection, because there are SO many affordable choices and their clothes are so comfortable!
But, before you start shopping, here is what you need to do get your kids closets ready for their Back to School shopping!
GO THROUGH THEIR CURRENT CLOTHES-
Before knowing what you need, you have to go through your kids clothes and see what’s still in good condition.
- Socks. Go through and get rid of any socks with holes in them or don’t have a match.
- Underwear. Go through and check waistbands, they are generally the first thing to wear out on my boys. Discard any that aren’t in good condition.
- Pants. Go through and get rid of any with holes in the knees (or make them into play shorts). I generally fold a few older pairs for camping/outdoor activities and put them in the top of my kids closets.
- Shorts. Go through and make sure they’re in good condition and still fit. Discard any that aren’t in good condition.
- Shirts. Go through and donate any that don’t fit anymore or have any stains.
- Shoes. Go through and either donate or throw away any that are no longer needed. Replace shoe laces if needed.
Now, since you’ve gone through all your kids clothes, evaluate what you are left with and how much of it is still in good enough condition that they can wear it to school. I don’t know about your kids, but 2 of mine dress themselves in the mornings now. So, I generally separate any clothes that they can’t wear to school. I do this by putting their church clothes in between their school clothes and play clothes.
I stock each of my kids with approx 10-15 pairs of socks and 10-15 pairs of underwear. I generally buy more socks for my boys then my daughter, because she wears sandals some of the time. I also generally need to buy a few pairs of legging for her to layer under dresses.
(Find this Carter’s dress from Kohl’s here)
I generally do laundry twice a week, but I always make sure my kids have enough outfits to last the whole week. Because we all know that good intentions don’t always happen! When shopping, keep in mind that little kids are running around and playing throughout the day. So, their clothes need to be comfortable! I tend to buy my kids two nicer school outfits and 8 more comfortable outfits.
(Find this Carter’s shirt here)
Here’s what I like to make sure they have to start out the school year with.
Shirts. 8-10 shirts. I will buy 2 nicer shirts and then 8 basic t-shirts. For the t-shirts, I’ll make sure they have 6 short sleeve shirts and 2 long sleeve shirts. Then as the winter gets closer I’ll pick them up another handful of long sleeve shirts. But, here in Northern Utah that isn’t until mid-October generally. So, I still give a preference to short sleeves. For the nicer shirts, I’ll generally buy a button up or polo style!
Pants. 5 pairs. We keep it pretty simple for my boys and go with basic jeans. But, obviously with my daughter we’ll buy more of a variety of styles. Buy what you know they will wear!
Shorts. 5 pairs. My boys like to wear basketball shorts a lot. So, I make sure my boys have 3 pairs of basketball shorts and then 2 pairs of jean shorts. Feel free to distribute those numbers differently though!
Sweaters. I try and have 3 sweaters for each of my kids. They prefer zipper hoodies. So, I’ll make sure they have one pull over sweater and then two zipper hoodies. If in August, they don’t have a huge variety in stores yet, I’ll start out with less and pick up another one once the colder weather comes and they are stocked in stores.
Shoes. Remember they are running and playing at school. So, for my boys I make sure they have one pair of good laced athletic or skate shoes that are just for school and then one pair of laced athletic shoes for playing and one pair of sandals or slides. Girls tend to need more of a variety of shoes. I’ll make sure she has one pair of laced shoes that she can wear on active days (PE, etc) that are just for school and then I’ll buy her a pair of sandals that secure to her feet good that are just for school. Then, she’ll have a pair of flip flops to play in and a pair of laced shoes to play in as well. So, in total my boys have 3 pairs of shoes and my daughter has 5-6.
And that’s really it! It seems so simple when it’s all typed out like that. But, it really can be an all day project. Between the cleaning and organizing of the closet, along with the shopping it is quite the task! But, it feels SOO good when it’s all done!
My daughter has just hit that age where she’s starting to LOVE shopping and she was so excited to show her daddy all her knew outfits!
This was Dylan’s favorite new Carter’s outfit! Find it HERE!
My 6 year old wanted everything sports related! He obviously thinks he’s pretty hot stuff!
This outfit is a perfect one to start the year off while it’s still hot outside! It’s super comfy too! Find it here!
I hope you’re feeling motivated to go get your kids clothes cleaned out and get some back to school shopping done!
Kohl’s is having an awesome Back to School sale right now too! Be sure and use the below coupon from August 1- 17, 2016 to receive $10 off of a $40 or more purchase! Use the code BTS10 online to receive the same deal!
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