I have a guest bedroom where I store all my kids "future" clothes and er, I have some clothes stored all the way up to size 10/12. Did I mention that my kids are size 5?? Now, while this task of checking my inventory is necessary, so I don't overbuy or (eeks!) not have enough, it is a daunting task.
Here is a step-by-step breakdown of my process:1) Remove most of the current season (summer) from the boys closet and dresser. Leave some items since we may have warm weather for a few more weeks.
2) Within the current season, determine what can be sold, what will be donated (stains/holes), and what can be used for next year (shorts last up to two seasons/some shirts too).
3) Next, sort through the future size drawer(s) in the guest bedroom for all the next season's clothing. Sometimes, I am guilty of shoving in a wrong size here and there.
4) Purge any items that the boys will most likely not wear (they are not fans of waffle shirts, hoodie pullovers, etc) or are too small (not all pre-owned clothes maintain their original size after numerous washes).
5) Organize tops and bottoms into categories.
a) Tops by theme: sports, vehicles, animals, music, characters, holidays
b) Tops by type: dress shirt, polos, t-shirts, sweaters, jackets, sweatshirts
c) Bottoms by type: jean, cargo, lined, dress, snow wear, athletic
d) PJ sets
6) Fill the boys' closet and dresser with the next season's clothes.
7) Reorganize the guest bedroom's dresser drawers in future size/future season order.
8) Identify any items needed for the next season and future sizes.
|All organized by theme.|
|Jeans, jeans and more jeans. An important clothing staple.|
|Cargo, dress, athletic collection.|
|Guest room drawer holds the winter attire, etc.|
- I have enough size 5 fall/winter clothes for quadruplets or a least enough to last 3 (maybe 4) weeks without doing laundry (okay, maybe one load a week for underwear and socks). So, I went a bit overboard. It happens.
- I missed a few 5T summer shirts, so I hung them as options over the next few weeks.
- I only need one Valentine's themed shirt - all holidays through St. Patrick's Day are covered with at least 2 shirts each.
- I have enough dress shirts/pants/holiday sweaters for pictures/family gatherings.
- I have several Halloween costume options.
- I have winter coats, fall/spring coats, fleece jackets, snow pants/bibs, snow boots, hats/mittens/gloves for both boys.
- I have enough shoes (bought mostly all retail - ugh!) to last through the winter, at least.
How do you take stock before shopping the consignment sales?