To say that my kids are "growing like weeds" takes on a lot more meaning if you have ever seen my yard. To say that my garden could use a little tweaking is a bit of an understatement. Sure, I appreciate beautiful landscapes, but I don't do bugs, snakes or itchy creepy crawly stuff. Thus mine is a tangled patch of overgrown weeds that I can't keep up with...much like my kids. Do you see where I'm going with this?
Like most moms, it's important to me that my progeny look presentable, but clipping day or my daughter's gnashing of teeth at the mere prospect of having her hair braided. Apparently I could teach the CIA a thing or two about torture.
I gave up the stripes with plaid and boots with shorts war years ago due to pure battle fatigue. They are now free to express themselves (within reason) with their wardrobe choices. I've even recently developed a new "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy toward tears and stains after discovering the multiple holes my 9YO son created in the crotch of his new shorts...I just don't want to know. I simply don't have the time, energy or budget to stay on top of it, and some days this weary mom feels lost in the weeds.
It is upon this backdrop that I looked up last Sunday evening and realized that my son's sleep pants were about 5 inches too short. They have worn well and still fit perfectly in the waist. More importantly, he loves them! But so pathetic did he look in them, that I had to do something to save my poor child from the certain ridicule that awaited him if one of his neighborhood friends should come knocking at the door after he was ready for bed (as they sometimes do). My solution was so quick, easy and free that I had to share it. After all, it isn't often that he and I are both this thrilled with a wardrobe solution. All it took was a pair of scissors and within five minutes, he had 6 pairs of adorable, comfortable, summer sleep shorts!
This simple yet elegant solution got me thinking about other ways that I stretch (literally) the kids' clothing budget. Here are just a few:
What shortcuts do you take to stretch your time and budget?
Valerie Sheridan is a professional organizer, wife, mother of two, and Founder/Owner of EasyPeasy Living.