Decision Overload? Use kidpik to Routinize Your Kid's Clothing!

April 2019

For some busy parents, finding kids’ clothing starts to become less of a joy and more of a chore. Heading to the mall can be overwhelming and time-consuming, with so many options to choose from. And then actually putting together outfits at home can be just as challenging, even if you’ve got a wardrobe full of fashionable kids’ clothing.  

If that sounds like something you’ve experienced, you (and your kid) might be dealing with a case of decision fatigue. So, let’s talk more about decision fatigue, what it really means, and how you can stress less over your kids’ clothes. 

What is Decision Fatigue?

Decision fatigue is a type of burnout that leaves people low on energy and focus, leading to poor decision making. It happens when you’re overwhelmed by too many decisions to make at once, or one after another. Without a break, your ability to make good decisions drops off, whether it’s about something minor (like what to eat for dinner) or something a little more important (like whether your kid should stay up on a school night to watch TV).  

How Does it Affect Kids and Parents?

Kids are frequently subject to decision fatigue, and a lot of the time it’s due to their surroundings. One study showed that kids who had too many toys were less able to focus and be creative. It’s safe to say that the same thing can happen with your kids’ clothes. It’s why your kids can look in an overflowing wardrobe and feel like there’s nothing to wear.  

And as a parent, you’re faced with choices nearly every minute of the day. You’re continuously weighing all the factors, the pros, and the cons to try and ensure you take the best care of your family. It’s hugely draining on your energy levels and by the end of the day, you might struggle to avoid unhealthy foods or go to bed on time. 

The Answer? Routines!

As a parent, you can’t get away from the fact that you (or your child) need to make decisions. But you can reduce decision fatigue by simplifying the choices you need to make. And that means creating routines you can count on to happen without even thinking. There are lots of routines to make life easier and less stressful for your family. You probably already follow quite a few of them, like: 

  • Pre-dinner time routines (setting the table, washing hands, ringing the dinner bell) 
  • Bedtime routines (shower, teeth, pjs, book, bed) 
  • Cleaning routines (all clothes in the washing machine by 7 am so they can be washed and dried same-day) 

But what about your kids’ clothing? One of the areas that most parents struggle with creating routines for is their kids’ clothing. But there are so many ways to make your kids’ clothing more routine and minimize the everyday decisions you’d normally make. And even simplify the weekly and monthly decisions you have to make around finding new kids’ clothing. We’ve put together 7 of our favorite tips to help make this part of parenting a whole lot simpler: 

7 Ways to Make Your Kids’ Clothing Routine and Simple 

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1. Figure Out Their Style and Stick to It

One of the biggest challenges for parents and kids is figuring out what kids’ clothing your girl likes. What’s her style? What are her preferences? When you can figure out what your girl’s style is, you can narrow down your options to just a few pieces (instead of a whole range), making it so much quicker and easier to choose new clothes 

We’ve found that there are four main girls’ clothing styles – athletic, girly, classic, and trendy. Not sure which one your girl fits into? When you sign up with kidpik (for free), we’ll run your girl through a fun quiz to find out! 

2. Coordinate Their Wardrobe

Clothing routines might make you think of people like Mark Zuckerberg with the shirt/hoodie/jeans look he used to rock every day. But if your girl loves fashion, that probably isn’t the kind of routine she’s looking for. Instead, work on building a wardrobe and collections of outfits for your girl that are coordinated. It means she can wear any of the kids’ clothes she owns and feels confident knowing it matches perfectly. That way, she never has to spend any extra time or energy thinking about what she wants to wear. 

3. Get Some Classics and Basics 

The best part of classic styles and basic clothing is that they’re so easy to wear. You don’t have to think too much about what goes with what. Just get dressed and go! Perfect for those days when you’ve already got a lot on and you don’t need to get fancy. If your girl needs a few more basics, check out our basics by kidpik! 

4. Get New Kids’ Clothes Delivered Routinely 

This is a huge one! As parentswe carry the mental burden of remembering when our kids are due for dental appointments, haircuts, new shoes, and new season clothing. We can’t help you with the dentist or hairdresser, but we can help create a routine around ensuring your girl has new shoes and season-appropriate clothing when she needs it. If you sign up with kidpik, you can choose monthly clothing boxes, or go with one 1-2 boxes per season to work in with your routine.  

5. Let Someone Else Do the Styling

When there are so many options out there and you’re too busy to keep up with the current trends, shopping at the mall can be totally overwhelming. That’s why it makes so much sense to use a service like kidpik. We include free styling services to tailor your girl’s clothing boxes to her unique style, plus with our insider fashion know-how, we only send clothing that’s on-trend. When we take care of choosing your kids’ clothes, it means you only have to decide between the couple of pieces we send – way easier than comparing hundreds of options at your mall! 

6. Sort Outfits Out the Night Before 

Often the hardest time to make snappy decisions is when you first wake up. That’s why one of the best routines for kids is to get everything ready the night before so that in the morning, they can wake up, eat breakfast, and go. Soget your girl used to thinking about her outfits the night before. She’ll need to plan everything she’ll need for the day and lay it out so it’s ready to go. 

7. Clear Out Anything That Doesn’t Fit

Last but not least – there’s a good chance your girl has kids’ clothing in her wardrobe that doesn’t fit anymore. Maybe it’s not the right size, or maybe she just doesn’t like to wear it anymore because it doesn’t fit her personality or style. Unwanted clothing makes it so much harder to see the clothes your girl does love to wear, which can really add to her decision fatigue. So, do a bit of cleaning and pack away or donate any clothes that don’t belong. Then it’ll be so much easier to choose cute outfits for your girl that spark joy! 

Get Coordinated Kids’ Clothing Routinely Shipped to You!

kidpik is the perfect way to simplify your kids’ clothing routines by ensuring you have coordinated, up-to-date kids’ clothing when you need it. Ready to get started? You’ve just got one super simple decision to make 

Click here to sign up for a kidpik clothing subscription box! 

It’s free to order a kidpik box (only pay for the clothing you love) and you’ll get 7 items that coordinate together to create 3 cute outfits. And if there’s anything you don’t like, you can ship it back for free. It’s a no-brainer! 

What Are Your Family’s Favorite Routines to Make Life Simpler?

What routines does your family have in place to make life easier? Let us know your answer in the comments below!