8 Creative Ways To Get Your Child's School Clothes All Lined UpIf you or your child are not crowd-friendly people, you’re pretty down to the wire for buying school clothes.

In order to avoid the mid-August mass chaos, best to get this together RIGHT NOW.

Here’s how, step by step:

  1. Make sure the laundry is all done, clean and put away.
  2. Divide everything into “keepers”, “pass it down” and “toss” bags. Keepers are the clothing that will be used for the upcoming year. The pass bag is for the next sibling or cousin in line or for donation. Toss is for items that are no longer useable as clothing. They’re for cleaning, craft projects or for the garbage.
  3. Make a list of your keepers: shirts / pants / underwear / socks.
  4. Determine a comfortable number of days’ worth of clothing. This will depend on how often you do laundry. You don’t want to put your family in the position of “Danger of Nakedidity”, neither do you want to have a mess of clothing falling out of closets, contributing to the chaos.
  5. Write a list of what you need to buy. Make sure you and your child are on the same page now, rather than in the middle of a department store.
  6. Consult your Sunday paper and the internet and go for the sales now, before the situation gets any worse!
  7. Set up the school clothes, together with your child, in her closet, in a way that works for both of you. Use baskets and/or labels to keep everything straight.
  8. Part of your evening routine should be taking out clothing for the next day. Check back here Wednesday for that post!

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