Kids go through clothes quickly, there is no question about that. I know people usually think of boys wearing out their clothes, but my girls were notorious for ripping holes in their brand new jeans. My girls are very active outdoors and keeping clothes looking new can be a challenge.
8 Tips to Help Your Kids Clothes Last Longer
Here are a few tips to help with that never ending problem:
Buy Quality Clothes. This is a tough one because you would think you would want to buy cheap kids clothes since they grow out of them so quickly, but the opposite is usually true. Cheap clothes are often thin and low quality and simply do not last long. They will rip easier than quality clothing and they wear out quicker in the wash.
Trade clothes with friends/family. Because kids grow so quickly, it is a good idea to trade clothes with other moms whose kids are slightly older or younger than your children. Get together with a group of moms so that you can share yours used kids clothes as well as get clothes for your own children.
Buy adjustable pants. One of my favorite things about kids’ clothes these days is the adjustable waist pants that you can buy virtually anywhere. This adjustable waist allows your child to wear the same pair of jeans much longer than with typical pants. Of course, if you have a daughter like my Laura – she was always tall and super lean. We use the adjustable straps just so slim sizes would fit her. By the time she needed to go up a size in the adjustable waist, her legs would be too long.
Read the tags. Make sure you read the tags on your kid’s clothing and follow the fabric care instructions. Different fabrics have different requirements and following those requirements are imperative for making the item last longer (or anytime at all in some cases).
Wash clothes in cold water. Washing clothes in cold water helps extend the life of the fabric. In addition to washing in cold water, another great thing that you can do is to hang the clothing to dry out on the line. Dryers can be rough on fabric and it eventually thins it out.
Treat stains before they set in.This may seem like a given, but life with kids is hectic so sometimes we all need a reminder. Whenever you seen grass or food stains on your kids’ clothes be sure to treat them for stains right away so that they continue to be wearable.
Fold your laundry. It’s true! Folding laundry is an easy way to make sure your kid’s clothes last longer. Allowing your clothes to stay wrinkled can damage the fabric fibers.
Separate clothes and play clothes. If your kids are planning to play in the yard all day, put them in their play clothes. This is a simple way to make sure that their good clothes don’t get stained or torn. We even have “work coats” and “good coats” for the winter time. With our horses needing care all year round, I found that coats were bound to get more dirty with certain jobs, so we keep an old coat and new coat on hand for everyone.
I hope these tips help you keep your kid’s clothes lasting longer. What tips would you add to this list?
Homemaking is so much more than cleaning a house, cooking food, and making sure your family has clothes to wear. Homemaking is about nurturing a spirit of warmth, comfort, and love in your home.