Was reading over at Want What You Have blog about clothing limits for children. LOL...I've always had limits here, but the mass still grows. I think it's the humidity down here. Course, I don't know what the trouble was back north as the humidity level was far less there.
Here was her estimation:
-10 everyday outfits - includes shirts and pants/capris/skirts
-4 dressy outfits - one for each Sunday in the month
-4-5 pairs of PJs (our kids are required to wear pajamas two nights in a row, because they take baths before bed, and are therefore clean when they put them on. This helps reduce laundry).
I can see some wisdom in those numbers. I mean, an outfit a day covering a little over a week, one for each Sunday or outing, and plenty of PJ's isn't so bad really. I don't necessarily see needing a different nightgown/PJ for each night, but that's a personal thing. As long as you're clean going to bed, why a new one the next night? I also have 8 children to clothe...I've got enough sewing on my hands without needing to whip together some 45 sets of night clothes here, trust me. And I'm not sure I need 14 outfits per child daily and outing wear...that's another 112 outfits to sew.
Sure, not everyone sews their clothing needs, but still...you wanna go buy and pay for some 157 outfits between 8 children? I don't. I have ample material and just enough 'skill' to keep us covered. And they simply don't make clothing to actually last anymore. And being a more Plain family anyway, our clothing list isn't typical in the least. We have too many clothes already, but here's our breakdown...
the girls have 4 dresses and 6 aprons/pinafores daily, (and 2 for town or church). The pinafore gets the bulk of the dirt, and unless it's been a hot and sweaty day, the dress can take a second wear. the pinafores usually do not....
underclothes are daily counts
I think they each have 3 nightgowns
The boys are about the same...they have 4 pairs of pants (plus a good pair for town or church)
2 sets pj's
What do you think...how many clothes are needed for children?
I also read more on lasagna gardening, square foot gardening, composting and I am motivated...yet again...to get moving harder on this useless soil here.
Simple, Green, Frugal Co-Op has so many great sharings on composting and gardening. I need to keep filling beds with clippings, kitchen scraps, newspapers, wood ashes, barn gleanings, etc. and plan to plant those next year. This year I have a few beds going...not much, but still...the grapes are starting out good, there are a few tomatoes and peppers, some garlic, lemon balm and some lavender and an over-full bed of beans. The other areas will be layered all season and maybe we can plant a few things next year again. Honestly, one day we'll just wake up and find some decent soil out here. We've been adding everything not nailed down to the garden areas here for 5 years. It's got to produce some decent, usable soil eventually.....right?
I also found this neat sippy cup idea at Simple, Green, Frugal Co-Op...
Looks like the sun might make it out today. Would be nice, but I'll take cloud cover any day down here.
Laundry is out and Beth...the Prepare and Pray Unit arrived this morning in the mail. I'll be busy digging into that today as well! Thank you so much for sharing -- we have Swiss Family Robinson downloading from BooksShouldBeFree.com right now!
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.
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- 5 Acres & A Drean
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- Bateman Homestead
- Bible Version Comparison Chart
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- Down To Earth Blog
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- Growing up Herbal
- Half a Hundred Acre Wood blog
- He Sows, She Sews
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- Herbal Academy of New England Blog
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- Ozark Mountain Family Homestead
- Reflections from Drywood Creek
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- Snowfall Academy blog
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- The Caffeinated Homestead
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- The Unplugged Family
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- This Life I live
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