So. I’ve had an excuse to do a little shopping lately (not that an excuse is ever needed). We have a vacation coming in the semi-near future which inspired a list of absolute necessities. Things I needed to buy to get ready for this trip and summer in general. Must haves. Not wants, but needs I tell you.
First thing on my “absolutely must buy immediately list” —
New luggage for the girls! Fun colors right!? I fell in love with these suitcases from Pottery Barn Kids. They just scream FUN! They scream SUMMER! They scream … ok… they probably scream WANT more than NEED, but somehow I convinced Kenny that they were a must have for this trip. “Babe – love of my life – they are the perfect carry on size and I know how you hate it when I over pack…..”
Ellie was as excited as I was about her new suitcase and started packing for our trip right away. She was NOT excited, however, when I told her that unfortunately the princesses will not be joining us on our journey.
Second thing on my “absolutely must buy immediately list” —
New beach/pool wear for the girls! Ok. I know they probably didn’t NEED quite so much swim wear, but honestly last summer I didn’t buy them a thing. I had just had Kole and was recovering from my little scare and was so overwhelmed. We didn’t spend as much time at the pool and beach as we usually do and the girls just got by with stuff they already had. They’ve grown out of everything I had for them so it was time for a whole new beach wardrobe!
Third thing on my “absolutely must buy immediately list” — a suit for me.
Stop right there. Party’s over! That’s where the fun ends. I keep putting that depressing shopping trip off. WAY more fun to shop for my girls.
A few dresser drawers are still used for the girls’ clothes, but most of their clothes are in their closet.
In the middle of their closet are a few drawers where I keep some of their clothes.
These drawers were so crowded that I decided I needed to have a little “out with the old, in with the new” organizing party!
I love throwing myself an organizing party. It always starts out with a great big mess! I emptied all of the drawers out on the floor and started sorting through things.
So much precious space was being taken up with things we just don’t need. Like all of these size 2/3 T panties for little dresses and these adorable size 2/3 T tights with hearts and animals on the bottoms. Cute? Yes. Current wardrobe? No. Sadly, we have moved out of this stage and it’s time to move on. Out with the old!
I also had to part with stuff like these fun boot house shoes and summer hats. This stuff I purchased is a good lesson for me. It’s stuff I bought that wasn’t practical and ended up being a waste of money and space. It’s only cold enough for house shoes for a few short months here so the girls hardly wore the boots. And the hats, while darling, were also uncomfortable and itchy so they didn’t get much use either. From now on my motto is: practical! Two things I’ve got to ask myself — “will my girls really wear/use this?” and “do I have space to store this?”
So here are the closet drawers cleaned out with just what the girls are really using/wearing right now.
Ballet clothes, shoes and tights.
Gymnastic clothes. I love that I have so much room left in this drawer! I’m sure I’ll find something to fill it, but for right now I’m loving that the drawer isn’t crammed full. Less is more!
New swim wear! (decided to part with the uncomfortable hats after the picture was taken) :)
Pajama’s (I’m too emmbarrased to show you the pile of p.j’s I’m taking to Goodwill. An insane amount. Pajama’s are a total weakness of mine and I have got to stop buying them!)
Clean drawers full of what the girls actually wear. Feels so good!
And since we’re on an “out with the old” kick — see if you notice a change in the next two photos???
Ahhhh! We decided to chop Ellie’s hair! I was going to chop Addison’s too and then chickened out. Guess I wasn’t ready to say good-bye to those long curls just yet. But Ellie was ready for a short summer do and we are loving the new look!
Her new hair cut accentuates her new smile – one front tooth down, one to go!
Out with the old! Time to enjoy our new.