7 Steps to Set Up a Capsule Wardrobe For Your Kids

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Your laundry is done. Like really done. It’s all washed, folded and ready to be put away.

This is a huge accomplishment, until you realize there is a BIG problem.

Your neatly folded pile won’t fit in the dresser. Or worst, you make it all fit, but for the hundredth time, your kid dumps everything out just to find their favorite shirt.


You try your best to donate clothes as your kid grows. Clothing that have holes or stains are re purposed. It feels like you’re doing all of the right things, but you continue to have a problem. Why does this feel so hard?

A great solution for overstuffed closets and dressers in a Capsule Wardrobe!

What is a Capsule Wardrobe?

At first a capsule wardrobe sounds like some made up thing, but honestly, it it’s real. And it will change the way you look at clothes, kid outfits and even clothes shopping. A capsule wardrobe is a fancy way of saying you have:

  1. Clothes your kid loves to wear
  2. Are the right size and in good condition
  3. When everything is clean the clothes all fit in your kid’s closet/dresser

How to Start a Capsule Wardrobe

7 steps to set up a capsule wardrobe

Having an organized closet or preparing for back to school clothes shopping doesn’t have to be a chore. You can easily tackle the task of updating your kid’s wardrobe and still allow them to express their individual style. Even the Washington Post says “Life is easier with a capsule wardrobe.”

A lot of capsule wardrobes look like a uniform. You’re told to choose multiple colors or basic print shirts and pair them with equally boring solid color pants. The traditional capsule wardrobe uniform does make it super easy for kids to dress themselves, but can also be boring and repetitive. Follow the 7 easy steps below to see how non repetitive, individualized and easy a capsule wardrobe can be.

7 Steps to set up a Capsule Wardrobe

1. Consider

Consider the clothes your kid already has. If they are too small or worn out, put them in a donate box. You want these clothes out of your house ASAP. I cannot tell you how many times too small clothes have mysteriously found they way back into my kids’ closets.

2. Analyze

Analyze what your kid has left. Go group by group – First, lay out all of your kid’s shirts on the bed.

3. Pick out Favorites

Have your child pick out their 10 favorite shirts (or another number that works for you) and put everything else in the donate box.

Sometimes it’s really hard to let go of the items that weren’t selected. Take a deep breath and allow your kid (and maybe even yourself) to feel the feels before putting the items in the donate pile. Always resist the urge to be sneaky and put an item or two back in the keep pile.

4. Stick with the Process

Stick with the capsule wardrobe process and repeat the steps above for pants, shorts, dresses, shoes etc. Keep the positive momentum flowing!! You can do this!!

5. Uniform

Once you’ve repeated steps 3 and 4 for all the different type of clothes, match up the remaining items and create outfits. When kids know which tops match which bottoms it takes the guess work out of getting dressed. They can also see that lots of pieces can mix and match to create different outfits.

At this point you may realize an item in the donate pile would match perfectly to complete an outfit. You can add that piece back to the capsule wardrobe, but resist the urge to “rescue” any clothes that don’t complete an outfit.

7 steps to set up a capsule wardrobe

6. List

Make a shopping list for any capsule wardrobe pieces that are missing. Does a dress need a sweater or Is there a super cute pair of pants that need a matching shirt? Be specific in your shopping list. Take notice of colors that may be missing that you want to buy to add variety to the capsule wardrobe.

Your shopping list should also include items NOT to buy. If your son has 5 blue shirts you may want to make a note – unless of course blue is the only color he will wear.

7. Empowered

It’s time to go shopping!

Buy the items on your list, but resist the temptation to buy any unnecessary items no matter how cute or discounted they may be! It’s better to have complete outfits than 20 pairs of super cute, very reasonably priced pants.

Consider using the money you would have spent on a duplicate discount item and put it toward the higher priced item that will complete an outfit. Purchase fabrics that wear well and don’t hesitate to shop for quality over quantity.

Remember you always have options – you can purchase items from your shopping list second hand or organize a clothing drive where friends can swap.

No rule states your kids need their entire back to school wardrobe figured out before school starts. Shop at your own pace and in your own way.

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