Lily comes downstairs wearing the same pink dress she wore 2 days ago. It’s been washed, but she wore it 2 days ago and again 3 days before that. She has at least 14 dresses and a week and a half’s worth of shorts/shirt outfits. There are things in her wardrobe we hardly ever see and it’s driving me nuts.
Me: Ugh. You JUST wore that. Go find something else to wear! Pick something you haven’t worn in a long time.
Lily comes back downstairs wearing a dress she wore 3 days ago.
Me: Seriously? You JUST wore that too! Go find something else!
Lily: There is nothing else!
I just put away clean laundry yesterday, but that’s besides the point. There are outfits she hasn’t worn in weeks!
I go upstairs with her to avoid a three-peat of the same mistake.
Me: Let’s see…
Lily: I want to wear a dress! So I picked dresses!
Me: You have enough dresses that you don’t have to wear the same dress three times a week. How about this one? I can’t even remember the last time you’ve worn it.
Lily: Oooo… that’s really pretty. I didn’t see it! I don’t remember this dress.
How can a kid have SO MANY CLOTHES but only wear three outfits ever? I’d lay clothes out for her, but despite what happened today I want her to assert her independence by picking out her own clothes in the morning. I guess the lesson here is to never buy so many choices even if they are super cheap beautiful things you bought in vast quantities to avoid problems those weeks when your kid goes through multiple outfits a day. Your kid is only going to wear the same three things over and over and over and over and over again until you want to scream.
Maybe the solution is to hide the clean laundry until she goes through her whole wardrobe. If I had space to hide her clean clothes, I just might… Or maybe I should just stop doing laundry. That has to be the best option, right?