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?

Drowning in Kids Clothes

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When you have young kids that are growing like weeds the feeling of having to restock the next size is a never ending battle. I have bins of variety of sizes of my boys clothes since I had my first son.

My bins are broken down to:
Newborn/O-3 Months
3 Months/3-6 Months
6 Months/6-9 Months
9 Months/9-12 Months
12 Months
18 Months
18-24 Months/24 Months
Random bin with sized 6-8

My oldest is currently in size 6 so we do not have a bin created for this size. My 2nd born is in 4T but I am about to move him to 5T pajamas since my 3rd born needs to move up to the 4T pajamas. He also moved up to 3T pants and 4T shirts. Typically my boys are one size in tops and the another size on the bottoms. This isn’t an issues since I have bins of clothes but what I am finding right now is I have no idea where the 3T pants ended up because we were in the middle of moving and living in a few places when my 2nd born was in 3T pants. I managed to find 3 pair of pants in the 3T bin but I know I have to have more in a random bin. Currently all the bins are in the closet which makes it hard to get to certain sizes. I also need to sort the newborn/0-3 months clothes to see what I need for the additional son that is coming. I need to pack up all the 2T pants and we need more 4T shirts since two of my sons are wearing the same size. I also need to pack up the 6-9 months of my daughters clothes and hang up the 9-12 months. I think my aunt gifted us 6-12 months clothes but I am going to put them in the 9-12 months pile. I also realize that my oldest who lives by the philosophy of NEVER wearing pants does not have any sweatpants in his current size. I like putting them in sweatpants when we will be home all day because I don’t like wearing jeans all day.

I am planning on going out with my three youngest so I can attempt to look for size 6 sweat pants, 4T shirts, a few more pieces in 9 months, and I may look for a few things for the twins. I also wouldn’t mind finding another pair of shoes for my oldest since he only has one pair in his current size. My oldest is a homebody so he will stay home by choice and my husband can work in peace. I hope to check out Once Upon A Child and their is a thrift store next door so I am going to check there first. Once Upon A Child can get pricey but I try to find things with the clearance sticker on them when I can. I like going there since they have everything broken down in sizes – most thrift stores do not and I have to look at every single items. There are times I will just go to Target and get what I need because a lot of times they have sales and I can get stuff on the clearance rack. I do plan on trying to sell my daughters old clothes at some point because I honestly want to be done after the twins are born and there is no reason to hold on to her clothes. I would love to be in a place I could just give them away but we like other people could use some extra money to get more clothes for the kids.

When I get home I will need to wash anything I brought and since I did all the laundry yesterday it’s a good time to pack up stuff and get ready for the “new” stuff. I know this will only last for a short time before it will be time to shift clothes once again. I plan to share a post about our closet and the system I have in place. The thing is I am going to have to rethink it once the twins come because we won’t have room for their stuff. I can’t wait until we are in place that will be permanent because things feel out of control and it’s not the “way” we are used to doing things. Then again if I had my way I would want a big laundry room to do what I hope to do one day.

What kind of clothes system do you have?
Do you hold on to your kids clothes just in case you have more kids?
Where do you take the clothes once you are done with them?
Do you try to sell them?
When you do decide to get rid of their clothes do you hold on to anything for keepsake?

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