Clothing Inventory and Organization
Taking an inventory of the clothing in your home can help you avoid purchasing more than you need. Whether you purchase clothing on clearance or secondhand, creating a handy reference list when you purchase clothing in advance sizes and seasons, is time well spent. This will narrow the gap of having to purchase clothing full price too.
Empty out clothing room to room. Work one room at a time because this can be time consuming. Organize the piles into containers labeled keep, toss, and give away. With your “keep” pile, start organizing by season and type of clothing. Put matching sets together. As an example, short sleeved shirts in one pile and jeans in another. The other containers you get rid of. Be certain what you keep is clean before you store it or donate it.
Next, start tallying up the clothing in the “keep” pile. You can put the name of each person on a piece of paper with the types of clothing they have and sizes. It will help if you write down the colors and condition of the clothes too. Some clothing sizes aren’t “true to size”, so consider taking notes on actual measurements for future reference.
What is Needed
Clothing needs are going to vary person to person and ages will make a difference too. As an example, an infant might require more pajamas and blankets, but less footwear versus an older child.
The following is a rough guideline of an inventory list:
Printable Inventory List
You can customize the inventory sheet to fit your needs, or try an online personal inventory solution.
When purchasing clothing in advance or storing out of season clothing, you’ll want an organizational system. A good system will allow you to set this clothing aside, yet they will be easily accessible. You’ll want to think about available storage space in your home. Be certain this space isn’t damp and doesn’t have potential for mold or bugs. Some people utilize the space under beds.
Next, you’ll want to select storage containers. This can be spare cardboard boxes or plastic containers. Mark on the outside what these containers are holding. Some people use an index card taped on the outside. Keep in mind to update and revise these container lists when you remove anything or add anything to them.
A common question is how long to store items. How often have you heard of someone that just tossed out or donated their baby and maternity clothes, and then found out they were expecting? You can’t always avoid this situation, but clothes storage of approximately up to three years is suggested. It can be longer if you purchase clothing that isn’t terribly trendy, and if you stick to basic colors and styles. You can always sell these clothing items or pass them on, so no harm done in saving them, unless you are really low on storage space.
An added benefit to storing clothing this way is that it’s not cluttering up closet and dresser space. This means the clothing that is there is being worn and used, and nothing is lost or tucked way in the back or underneath anything.
Now you’ve pared down and organized what is going to be temporarily stored away. Next, you can consider organizers such as shoe racks, closet organizers, specialty hangers, extra hooks, hanging or collapsible shelves, and totes to organize what you are keeping in your dressers and closets.
Your clothing is organized and items are accessible. You know what you have and what you might need. Your closets only contain what is currently wearable. Remember your family can learn from you. Organizing encourages your family to be more responsible in helping to keep things orderly.
Added tips for storage space:
Over the door organizers
Using trunks as tables
Making room in linen closets by placing spare sheets between mattresses
Storing in luggage