Inventory for Children’s Clothes/Shoes

When we were visiting with family I took three bins of my daughters clothes. The first bin was all Newborn and 0-3 months clothes, the second bin was 3 months and 3-6 months clothes, and the third bin was 6 months and 6-9 months. I went through all the clothes and posted them on the Marketplace. I listed each type of items I had for each size. I had mix feeling about doing this but I know it’s not wise to keep ahold of her clothes when I am honestly hoping to be done after the twins. I have been holding onto the boys clothes for almost six years and have gotten a lot of used out of them. I now have to go through all the bins and see what I have and what I need for the extra boy.

Today I finally went through all the boys shoes and packed them up in a bigger bin. I honestly had no idea how many shoes I had of each sizes due to us being in two different locations last year. Now as I go through them there are a few pairs that needed to be retired. I have always been pretty organized with my kids clothes and I’m pretty sure I shared about them in another blog. I just don’t know the number of each items. We got dumped on today and I have a bin in the car from our trip that had a lot of my Newborn items in it because when I was pregnant with my daughter my mom pulled out gender neutral items so I finally got them back. The thing is I can’t get to the car and even if I could there is a twin size bed frame blocking the bin.

I created a Sheets document and added all the sizes and a general description of each shoe. I am hoping to do this with all the clothes bins and even my daughters clothes I have in storage for a few sizes up. This will be helpful down the road when I go to the thrift store and yard sales. My husband and I want to document all our items in our house and as I stated in another post we haven’t found a software that works for our family. I know this would take more time but I am already going through each bin so why not write down how many sleepers, onesies, pants, shirts, shorts, and etc. I find myself needing to sit more often so I could always collect the information and add them to a document later.

If you are a parent of multiple children how do you handle inventory?
Do you hold onto the clothes/shoes for the next baby (if you know you are going to have another one)?
Do you keep a documented inventory or just wing it?

1, 2, 3, 4….5?

In most relationships there comes a point where you have that very important conversation about procreating. My husband who I will often refer to as P2 throughout the blog wanted to be a father since he was a teenager. I have always known I would be a mother some day despite my real fear of giving birth (that’s a story for another day). We decided that four was our number. We wanted four kids and once we got there we would be DONE. We did not want to have just one child due to feeling lonely and being super spoiled. I was technically an only child for 9 months of the year (more on that in another post). My husband was an only child until he was 10. We didn’t want to have just two because they would fight. Having just three would cause a lonely middle child. We need to have four to even it out and we wanted a big family.

As I type this we have a soon to be 4-month-old little girl and she makes our family complete – except now we are unsure if we are truly done. I have said that if we would have had that fourth boy I would have been done. Now that we had a girl I would either like to try to give her a sister. I know that we aren’t guaranteed we will have another girl but since I have a special place in my heart for boys I wouldn’t mind having another boy. Everyone in our lives look at us like we are crazy for even talking about having a fifth child. Then again the night before I went into labor with our daughter (we didn’t know she was a she) we talked about having a fifth child.

I wish I could say I was 100% done with having kids. I had baby fever for the first time when I got pregnant with our daughter. I am not a newborn baby person – I love when they are little bit older. I know physically it could be hard and I should allow my body time to heal. I have been pregnant every year since 2015.
Sept 2015 – June 2016
Oct 2017 – July 2018
Nov 2018 – Aug 2019
Sept 2020 – June 2021
I plan to share my birth stories at some point but for now I haven’t had complicated pregnancy and I do NOT love being pregnant. I honestly can say if I didn’t get pregnant again I would not be upset because I try to prepare myself that my last one could be my LAST one. I could list all the things I wouldn’t miss but I’ll spare you.

How did you know you were done? What made you to decide on a certain number? When it came time what did you do to help keep with that number?

We have a plan when we are officially done but it has come down to me. My husband said he will keep having kids as long as I am up for having them. I kind of wish he would have been like “we’re done” because I am truly on the fence. I did suggest a time frame and if we don’t get pregnant by then we will take that as a sign and take the steps that are needed.

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