Garage sales, hand-me-downs, resale and other sources for kids' clothes have gotten us through the last few years. The challenge is keeping tabs on my finds.
Whether it's my daughter tearing apart diaper-size boxes of clothing in her closet out of boredom or my accidentally stockpiling 20 (yes, 20) short-sleeve T-shirts in a size for my son, remembering what you've acquired can be a challenge.
My solution? It's a simple one: Creating a spreadsheet to track numbers.
I track each kids' clothing pieces by size and type, and I have it uploaded so that family members who are Christmas shopping or hitting sales to splurge know what we have. My hope is it keeps us from wasting money and space, and freeing us from having more than we really need.
Want to start this simply? Create an Excel or Google Docs spreadsheet with a column for size and a row for each clothing type. For example:
uniform skorts or pants
fall/winter weight PJ's
spring/summer weight PJ's
t-shirts (long-sleeve and short-sleeve)
sweat pants/athletic pants
I could expand this to include shoes I've picked up (such as at clearance or soccer cleats from garage sales), but those for now are much easier remembered.
I update the spreadsheets after purchases, and reprint the well-folded sheets as needed. It's an easy reference at a garage sale and has kept me from at least one unneeded purchase.