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The Play Clothes Drawer

Now that spring is here, the grass is green, the flowers are blooming, and the weather has been completely perfect. My girls have been playing outside practically nonstop for weeks.

That means grass stains, muddy hands, and dirty clothes. Every day. What’s a mom to do?

I’ve tried Oxiclean, Tide pens, vinegar, baking soda, and even bleach — sometimes, I prefer white clothes, since I can just bleach out the stains. In the end, our solution came from my own mom.

The play clothes drawer.

This is where ruined kids’ clothes go to die. Old t-shirts, ripped shorts, grass-stained jeans — I grudgingly lovingly wash, fold, and put them away. Stains and all. They become the go-to clothing for parks, gardening, crafts, and messy outdoor play.

When the girls get home from school, I send them straight upstairs to change into “play clothes” before they are unleashed on the backyard. It keeps the rest of their clothes in good shape for school, while providing a second life for the ones otherwise considered ruined.

That’s a win-win in my book!

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