Baby Capsule Wardrobe

Baby Capsule Wardrobe

We were loving all the snuggles, coos and everything about our firstborn child (the middle of the night feedings were even okay), but the piles of baby stuff EVERYWHERE? Overwhelming and depressing. I needed to get the house back under control so we could just enjoy our baby. All the stuff was not adding to his existence or happiness, but it was draining to us. When there is chubby baby cheeks to be kissed, who wants to be bothered with stuff?

Several weeks ago I decided to conquer the reign of clothing terror and put together a capsule wardrobe for the little man. I didn’t worry about running out of clothes if the experiment failed, because I figured that as long as we had diapers and blankets (and his food source – me!), he would be quite happy!

So what do I think now that I’ve done it for several weeks? I LOVE it! In fact, I can’t imagine doing it any other way now. I’m going to share the super simple process I used to put it together in case you want to try it too!

5 Simple Steps to a Baby Capsule Wardrobe

1. Gather all of the clothes into one place. I think I put Little Man into p.j.’s even. I didn’t want to leave any stones unturned.

2. Pull out any duplicates, etc. This might be the exact same item, or so similar that you aren’t going to want two in a tiny wardrobe. If they still have tags attached, you can put them in a return pile. I had a few items like this and I saved the money to put towards items he still needed. 

3. Sort everything into “size” categories. You only want the babies current size!  Also, all sizes are not created equal, so do eyeball stuff too. He got a pair of the most adorable shoes ever and if I’d gone by months, he would have grown out of them before I tried them on him. He got another pair of shoes that is a smaller size and he hasn’t grown into those yet!

4. Separate everything by type. Shirts, pants, jumpsuits, etc.

5. Assemble the Capsule. Start with your favorite pieces, tops or bottoms, and start seeing what goes together. I started with his shorts since we were going into summer and found three pairs I liked. I tried each top with these three pairs of shorts, and if it didn’t go with all three, I set it aside. I ended up with 7 tops that could mix with 3 pairs of shorts and 1 overall. I also had 2 jumpsuits that coordinated with everything else. I added a pair of shoes and a sun hat and boom = Capsule Wardrobe.

Ta-da!

To make sure all your hard work doesn’t get derailed, pack the extras into a box, seal it, and put it a closet or the garage (You aren’t completely committed that way)  or, I saved the extras for a sleep capsule. If there are items you know just aren’t going to work for you, sell or donate them. Somebody else can put them to good use that way!

I still haven’t got to his “sleep capsule” and boy, can I tell a difference. It’s still a collection of all the mismatched “extras” and a few sleepers. It seems like such a small thing, but the difference between these two is huge! I feel organized, encouraged, and on top of life when I think about his daytime capsule wardrobe. His sleeping clothes? I feel cluttered, disorganized and blah. Capsule wardrobes are the bomb!

The capsule wardrobe for the next size up should be even easier because I know what works best for us now. I think I’ll do a couple less outfits and maybe add in another pair of shoes or two. Because I like shoes, and baby shoes? Oh-my-word!

Tips

Bibs! Until the last few days,  Little man has spit up and or drooled a LOT and bibs are invaluable. They are a whole lot easier to change and throw in the wash!

To help prevent stains, I rinse all his laundry in cold water before I run it on the wash cycle. I think it helps.

Are you going to try this? Questions? Thoughts? Tips? Let me know in the comments below!

Snuggle that cute little bundle of joy that is growing up so fast and…

Live beautifully!

 

Jam Thumbprint Tarts

Jam Thumbprint

2/3 cup butter*, softened
3 – 4 T. honey
2 egg yolks
1 tsp. vanilla
½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups soft white wheat flour

Strawberry Jam or spread

Cream together butter and honey. Beat in yolks, vanilla and salt. Stir in flour. Chill. In greased mini muffin tins, gently pat about 1 T. dough. Indent top of cookie deeply with thumb. Bake in 350 degree oven for 17 – 20 minutes or until lightly brown. While still warm, top with a generous dollop of jam. Makes exactly 3 dozen delicious cookie tarts.

*To make these dairy free, you can substitute vegetable shortening for the butter.