I have previously covered the fact that my daughter is particular about her clothing here.
Not only does she want to wear specific brands, she has specific requirements. Such as: no buttons, no zippers, no ties, she has to be able to put it on entirely on her own. This has been the case since before her 2nd birthday. Only in the last year did she start wearing jeans and tennis shoes.
Despite all of her limitations, the child has an overstuffed closet. Somethings that still have the tag on them even since she decided it didn't meet her criteria after we got it home and for various reasons (like I hold my breath hoping she will change her mind, or lost the receipt, or its too big of a pain in the ass to take it back to the store) they didn't get returned.
About a week before we went on vacation, Christian was playing in Angelique's room and left it in a overwhelming state of disaster. Being the wonderful, sweet, loving (is anyone else laughing hysterically) mother that I am, I decided to clean it up while she was staying over at a friends house. It wasn't her fault (entirely) that her room was trashed.
That's what I was thinking when I started.
After 3 hours of finding clothing behind the bed, under the dresser, hiding on the shelves under her clothes, in boxes on her shelves, and thrown up at the top of her closet, I was seething. It was probably a good thing the child was not around at that time. It gave me some time to cool down. And to devise a plan.
Here are the main points of Angelique's new rule:
- No one will be buying her clothes but herself. (Her Nana will have a bit of leeway, but not much)
- She will earn money to buy her new clothes by doing chores. Specifically, she will unload the dishwasher when the dishes are clean, she will keep her room clean, put her clothes up (correctly) as soon as they come out of the laundry, and she will be responsible for washing 1 load of clothes per week - mainly the bright colors since her wardrobe dominates that load of laundry. Dependant on her workload that week she can earn $10 to $15 a week. I think it is a little high, but she needs to earn enough for back to school clothes.
- For every one thing she buys, she must remove 2 from her closet to donate, sell at the resale shop, or hand down to friends or family. Whatever money she makes at the resale shop is hers to spend on new clothes.
What do you think? Is 7 too young to start teaching these lessons? Is my sanity worth it if I don't try?