Compiling a Clothing Inventory: Update

It really has been very timely over the past few days to begin to do an audit of each family member's clothing needs, for the coming winter season.

Taking stock of what are each family member's clothing needs, via a Clothing Inventory List, is proving to be an extremely effective way to get on paper what each person does have, and what items need mending or in fact purchasing.

Compiling a Clothing Inventory List has enabled my daughter and I to quickly see just how many individual items are onhand for her this coming winter season. Plus it has clearly helped us determine what would be best to next purchase on the clothing front; for instance, a jacket, a pair of sneakers in a larger size, as well as several new pairs of socks!

Being able to shop and/or make clothing, according to what an actual inventory shows is needed, has already proven to be a very helpful these past few days. It has been a simple yet effective way to determine what money really should be outlaid on clothing currently.

When you are a one income family with a fixed income like ours is, there just isn't money available to be frivolous and carry out impulsive, on-a-whim purchasing. Purchasing items with little thought for what is actually needed, is just not budget-friendly, end of story. 

When it comes to how many shoes any one family members wants to have, or how many variations of any one garment is desired, there simply isn't money available to splurge on whatever fancy and impulsive purchase someone in our family wants to buy next. 

Sure, it is nice to have one or two favourite and special items if you can, but overall 'need' takes precedence over just 'wanting' something. Having a rainbow collection of any one garment just for the sake of having it, isn't financially wise or feasible to indulge in when finances are limited.

A Clothing Inventory is a clear and purposeful means for me to determine what is an ideal number of shirts or skirts or socks (or any other clothing item for that matter) for any one family member. I can literally see on paper, via the list, what is present currently and what is to yet be acquired. Yay!

I believe quality rather quantity is good to keep in mind also, when considering purchasing wardrobe items. Depending on what the item is used for, be it a sport's uniform, a warm winter raincoat, or a week's supply of socks..... I endeavour to shop as wisely as I can.

Different inventories are definitely going to be required for different family members, according age and stage of life, as well as what activities each person may be involved in, on the sports and leisure front also.

A newborn, a toddler, and likewise a child who attends school daily in a regulation uniform, will all have different clothing needs and therefore different components listed as part of their specific clothing inventory.

When we compile such inventories, we really need to be mindful of who they are for and plan the inventory accordingly. It is not possible to always apply a one-size-fits-all mentality when formulating any one clothing inventory.

Health needs and other significant factors can sometimes play a factor in determining the most ideal quantities required of specific garments and items, when putting together a clothing inventory.

If a young child is currently toilet training, they may well need a greater number of specific clothing items, compared to a child who is fully toilet trained. When it comes to determining the items required, and the quantities of each required, this will definitely need to be considered case by case, family member by specific family member.

For those that work outside the home, there will be certain clothing items required, particularly if their workplace has a dress code. I know there  will be some significant requirements  when it comes to compiling the inventory list for my husband, who works in a professional office setting.

There will be items each family member needs for their down-time at home. There will be particular items required for taking part in their various specific leisure or sporting activities, etc.

Each and every clothing inventory I am gradually getting around to formulating has and will continue to be unique in its formulation. 

Having worked through the clothing inventory list yesterday with my daughter, for her current requirements, it came to our attention that she required some updates as well as some additional items added to her current winter wardrobe.

We have yet to go jacket shopping and to also get a new pair of sneakers, but already some items like several pairs of new socks in a larger size have been purchased and will now all be onhand for her to use.

I am definitely finding using a clothing inventory list to be a useful means of meeting my family's needs. I highly recommend compiling an inventory of clothing for each member of your family. It is proving to be budget-friendly and an effective tool to have onhand.

Formulating a Clothing Inventory: For a Girl

I have begun working on formulating Clothing Inventory Lists for each family member.  I decided yesterday to put together one for my daughter and put it in a folder I have set up to be my Household Logistics Folder (aka Household Management Folder).

I think it will be very helpful for me, from now, on to have one place where I keep any and all household inventory files. Over time I can add additional sections to the folder, with things that all relate to managing our home better (for instance, emergency contact details, a weekly menu planning outline, an inventory of linen, an inventory of what is in the chest freezer, etc).

So I literally started yesterday the very first section in my Household Logistics Organization File Folder titled, 'Clothing Inventory.' I plan to put together a master clothing inventory sheet for each family member, with the hope that it will help me determine with far more clarity, what each person has or needs.

It can be too easy to engage in impulsive purchasing. It can be too easy to loose track of who actually does need this and that, when it comes to any one specific clothing category. So with each change of season,  I am going to do something of an audit and document where everything is at, when it comes to the clothing needs of my household.

Here's what the first inventory, for my daughter, looks like. I have printed it out and it is ready to fill in.

Having drafted this initial inventory, I have since realised I could have added such items as belts and scarves, so I will look to add those to the final Inventory List I have filed on the computer. At least in the meantime this list will get us started and get the sorting out under way.

I plan to do this inventory with my daughter working alongside me, so we are both on the same page as to what is a reasonable quantity of clothing for her to have.

Together we will go through her wardrobe and go over each item, checking to see if it still fits her, as well as seeing if it needs mending or replacing, and we will also determine what items we may need to go out and purchase for the coming season.

I usually do a seasonal change-over of clothing for everyone approximately every six months, when it comes to changing about what is actually hanging in bedroom wardrobes and kept in bedroom drawers, rather than stored away in our out-of-season storage totes.

I store out-of-season clothing away in large plastic totes, rather than keep them hanging about in each wardrobe, chest of drawers, etc. It has worked well so far having out-of-season items stored elsewhere, and so at this stage I will stay with that approach to organizing out-of-season clothing.

As items get laundered and put away in the totes I do another audit, as it doesn't make sense to hold on to things that in six months time are not going to be the right size, etc. Any items that can be sold, passed on to friends and family or even donated to charity, are dealt with during this audit. Items that have past their use-by-date on the wear and tear front can be recycled or put in the trash, with each seasonal audit also.

Being a single income family we just don't have money to waste on surplus goods. It is nice to have one or two special items above the usual must-haves, however impulsive purchasing is just not going to be at all helpful when trying to work with what is a very fixed budget.

I am grateful for items that are occasionally passed on to us, and it is helpful to have several charity shops in our local community also. However I am also very conscious that there is only so much limited space in our home overall and clothing can just become clutter, when there is more than enough of it lurking about. Being able to meet everyone's needs and keep within budget does take some juggling at times, and having a reference point such as an inventory list for clothing is very, very helpful.

Working on sorting out what we actually have currently for my daughter is going to be my focus for the next couple of days. We will look to have a shopping outing to purchase those items that may be needed soon also. I will share an update in a couple of days.

An Audit of Clothing

Just how much clothing does any one person need? Often what we think we need and what we actually need can be two totally different things.
Taking stock and actually working out an inventory of the clothing each family member has and needs can be a great clutter buster.
I have put together a Clothing Inventory List Master Sheet, as it can be very helpful to get on paper the reality of just how much clothing is or isn't lurking around for each famil member.
What ideally is the number of jackets and coats each family member needs? 
How much underwear does each person ideally require? 
How many T Shirts? 
What does each family member in fact at this very time have? 
What can be purged? 
What is yet to be purchased?
These can be helpful questions to ask and to help us to take stock with regard to just how much is required.
Setting reasonable boundaries based on what really is really needed can help us to break free from getting caught up in yet another cycle of items simply becoming clutter around our homes.
Do you need to take an audit of just how much clothing is circulating around in your household?
Start today, and make life a little less cluttered by doing an audit of clothing. Go for it!

A Designated Homeschooling Room in the Making

So what does a designated homeschool learning space/classroom/studio look like? Well, hopefully by the end of the current holidays, we will have finished putting together our very own designated schooling room and know firsthand.

It will be quite something to no longer have to decide where to put partially completed learning activities and projects, when the kitchen table is once again required for hosting a meal!

Whatever it is called: Creative Cave, Learning Studio, Homeschool Room, Classroom..... everyone is feeling excited, motivated and enthused about getting it sorted and ready for the next schooling term.

I am looking forward to sharing with you more about the preparations towards setting it up, PLUS some of the thoughts and ideas that have got us to this stage of actually choosing to go about having a specific space in our home that is first and foremost set up for our homeschooling adventure.

With piles of books everywhere, it looks rather chaotic at present. However, we are enthused and working away steadily towards getting the space sorted and organised, step by steady step.

Some things have already been delegated a set place for them to be kept. Other items are awaiting their turn to gain some attention. Still, with each box that is unpacked, each resource that is given its designated home, we get closer and closer to being ready to having the space ship-shape.

It has worked well to some degree doing our learning programme at the kitchen table and in the living area of our home. However, at times it has been challenging and somewhat frustrating to have to pack away things we are in the middle of. Soon however, we will have the option of making the most of this new exciting space we are putting together. We will be able to walk away from projects we are in the middle of and know they will be left, ready for the next round of attention being given to them. Yay!

I am personally looking forward to having something of a dedicated space just for the children's learning and all of the various resources we have collected and regularly use. I am looking forward to having systems of organization in place that are set in place and not necessarily going to be daily challenged, because of a need for a dual use of one said place.

The kitchen table has had its place. It has certainly served us well, from the time we started out learning from home. However, the prospect of having a dedicated learning and teaching space, that can be used for all the various indoor-based activities and projects everyone likes to work on, really is most appealing at present.

It is definitely a work in progress currently. There are labels to make, designated homes for items to be determined and numerous decisions yet to be made about what goes where and how.

But as we all know, Rome was not built in a day, and with each day we see more and more of our hoped for creative studio/ learning cave/homeschool room come to be. I will keep you posted on the progress!