a really long post with no photos (and a free download!)

With our Pacific NW weather being less than conducive to outdoor summer-like activities for most of May and June, we’ve plunged right in to some of our less appealing summer activities.

Week 1 of summer break found Jr. and Bug going through closets and dressers (I did Spud’s) to get rid of anything that didn’t fit or wasn’t being worn.  The resulting 2+ garbage bags that made their way to Goodwill allowed the remaining clothes to nestle neatly into their respective drawers or shelves, rather than becoming part of a cram fest to make everything “fit”.

During this purge, one of my kids said, “Mom, I’m going to need more ___(insert name of clothing here)___.”

“Hmmm,” I thought, “I’m pretty sure I saw plenty of those in the closet yesterday.”

Not wanting to jump to conclusions, I came up with the idea to go through their clothes and tally the school-/public-appropriate things they already had, and then compile a list of what they would need to start the school year.

Ten a bolt of lightning hit—why was I putting myself in charge of this?  Delegate, Wendy, delegate.  They are intelligent, capable children; they can count.  On the spur of the moment I made a handwritten chart for each one to help them with the process, and they were off to create an inventory of their wardrobes. 

My likes-to-organize-things child (Bug) was finished by the end of the day—even though they’d been given a week to complete the task.  Jr. finished the next day.   After doing Spud’s for him, I now have an inventory of each child’s clothing and their needs/sizes that I carry around with me in case I find a good sale.

As the kids took stock of their clothes, I tweaked my “worksheet” and came up with this—a printable, downloadable copy just for you!  (I’ve never tried this before, but it’s available in Google Docs as a pdf, so I hope it works!)  Anyways, print it, tweak it for yourself, use it—and watch the organizational magic happen.

Just in case you’re wondering, this version should work for kids who are independent readers (3rd grade and up).  I’m working on an illustrated version for non-readers/younger kids that I hope to have available next week.  Let me know what you think.

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