I am a bargain hunter. I like to buy out-of-season and clearance clothes if they are cute clothes for a great price. With young children this means that I need to buy a size or two larger than what my child is now wearing, and then store the clothing until the child grows into it. Or as is the case with school clothes during the summer break, I store the clothing until school is in session.
My memory isn't what it used to be. That or I simply have too many things to remember them all. I forget which it is. When I store clothing, I may think that I will remember what I have, but I don't. So I use tools.
One tool that works for me is my online photo gallery. There are many out there; some are free. The one I use is SmugMug, which does have an annual fee.
The way I use my online gallery to organize school clothing is by
- Taking a picture of each article of clothing that I deem worthy of being worn for the coming school year, as well as new purchases. That pic is then uploaded (from phone or camera) to a dedicated "clothing" gallery for each child.
- I further organize the pics in my SmugMug online gallery by creating a caption for each clothing article, broken down into whether the item is bottom/top/shoes, leggings/pants/shirt/skirt, color, and length. SmugMug has the option of sorting photos by the caption, alphabetically. This way, for example, I can see that my 6YO currently has three yellow short sleeved shirts for the coming school year, but not one top in the hues of orange or green. Which are two of her preferred colors. Oopsy.
- Before making a purchase, I can view my online gallery (SmugMug has a handy mobile app for smartphones) to see what I have and what is needed.