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?


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The concept is nothing new and I have heard this term being thrown around by multiple videos about organizing/downsizing/minimalist living. My husband has been talking about creating a software or a document we use to have as an inventory of all the stuff we own. We have brought softwares over the years but most of the times they are not cloud based. He actually brought me one last year and it had an app that you can use to scan barcodes and you can linked it to your document on your computer. We learned that if he was creating one and I was creating one it wasn’t one shared document and defeated the whole point. I also found the app was glitchy. I would take time to scan books and then I would lose half of what I scanned because something happened to the app. I ended up giving up because it was to much work for me to scan stuff and lose it. It was such a waste of money and maybe there is something out there we could use but I haven’t found it yet.

I spent most of the day cleaning up the boys toys – now of course we had to stop to do real life stuff such as eating, learning, and them playing while I cleaned up after the meals. I had the boys help as much as possible. They were told they couldn’t get their media time at 3 unless they helped with cleaning up. My oldest did a lot of the work but my second born kept disappearing during this time. He is the type of person who needs you be next to him to get him to do stuff. He will help clean up and he does clean up things on his own but typically he needs me to be next to him. When we were moving the toys out of the sunroom (aka entertainment room) I had an empty bin for all the toys except the monster trucks. The monster trucks are stored in a wired basket in the the sunroom. My youngest boy who is 2 went around the room collecting all the truck and putting them in the basket. We are slowly putting things in place to get them to be more responsible of their stuff and putting things back on their own. My oldest will bring down some of his stuffed animals and his blanket from his bed. Then by the end of the day we wouldn’t know where half of the stuff was located. I finally told him that it was his responsibility to keep track of his bedtime items. I would carry up the blanket as long as it was by the stairs. There have been a few nights he didn’t have some of the stuffed animals but now he rarely brings them down.

We as a family really need to get our inventory under control because my husband is ADHD and we find that we often have multiple of certain things because he can’t find it. Then we have 8 sticks of deodorant around the house and often can’t find one. Now as I write this I am overwhelmed with the amount of inventory we have as a whole but unfortunately we will have more things then most because we will have a family of 8. I have been downsizing certain areas of our house over the years. I will write another post about our closet because that is the one area that I have managed to keep down in size for at least 3 years – even with a growing family. I love the minimalist lifestyle but I am a million miles away from that lifestyle. I have come a long way since I have gotten married but there are areas that I struggle in and the kids toys is one of them. I know deep down they do not need nearly half of what they have but I’ll write another post about what I do with their toys.

P2 (my husband) and I have talked about what it would be like if we could have a restart. If we had enough money to start over and get rid of everything we own. We could sell or give away everything and move to a new place with only the things that are sentimental and can’t be replaced. It’s a fun idea because we could control what we keep and don’t keep. Unfortunately I know there are people who this happens to and they don’t get a choice. We were kind of there in 2020 when we had to get rid of everything we own. We brought a new couch set in hopes of a better future and had to give it away for free because no one would pay for it and we couldn’t take it with us. It was a low moment for us watching the family who decided to take it strap it to their van in every way possible so they could take it home with them. We had to give away the crib I had used for all my kids and downsize everything in our life. It was a hard time and NO ONE in our life truly understood what we had to do. We have learned a lot through that whole experience and I will share about that experience on a later date.

How do you keep an inventory?
Have you found a software that works for you and your family?
If you could restart over would you?

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