Creating a Clothing Inventory

Monstrosities of 1818, extravagant clothing st...

extravagant clothing styles of men’s and women’s fashions. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I got this neat little tip from a fantastic book titled, “Ecothrifty: Cheaper, Greener Choices for a Happier, Healthier Life“. I hope to do a book review of EcoThrifty in a future blog post, but for now, I would like to bring you this juicy morsel of information appropriated from the pages of the book.

A clothing inventory is a tool to help assist you in thinking critically about what you need, compared to how much you own. Aside from the monetary benefits of purchasing and owning less clothing, other perks include:

  • Decreased stress deciding what to wear in the mornings.
  • Well-organized (or at least better organized) closets, with reduced clutter.
  • Packing for vacation is a breeze.
  • & Laundry day becomes less complicated.

I have constructed a basic, printable, Clothing Inventory template OR you can create and customize your own inventory print-out. I tried to anticipate what the average wardrobe might contain, however I included handy fill-in-the-blanks for anything I may have overlooked.

Start by considering each applicable article of clothing on the inventory list, and writing down how many of each item you need. Be honest. Leaving room for “a little extra” is fine, but anything more than that defeats the purpose of helping reign in your excess clothing acquiring habits.

Once you have taken a truthful and reflective assessment of what you need, create a pile of clothing you do not (& will not) wear, articles of clothing that do not fit, or clothing that is problematic for one reason or another. There are businesses, such as: Clothes Mentor and Buffalo Exchange, that will purchase used women’s and men’s fashions to resell. There are similar stores for children’s, junior’s, vintage, & maternity clothing as well, so be sure to check around. For clothing you cannot sell, consider hosting a clothing swap party with friends. It can be an excuse to get together, relax, and drink wine, while picking up some new fashion finds. You may not think anyone desires that sweater the secondhand store snubbed redeeming for cash, or the one your Aunt Tillie knit you for Christmas, but you might just be pleasantly surprised. & of course, there is always the standard option of good old fashion donation!

Last, begin the process of taking inventory of the clothing you own. Some of the numbers you record may shock you. Purchase items of clothing you need & resist purchasing anything you don’t. It is best to take a clothing inventory annually -or seasonally- whichever suits your personal lifestyle. Doing a “clothing inventory” of your closets can bring awareness to your wardrobe, and cash to your pockets!

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Saving Money with Glass Food Storage Containers

Glass food storage container with Easy Find Lids

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Before our household had a set of Pyrex glass storage containers, a set of plastic Tupperware containers inhabited our cupboards. What initially attracted my husband and I to plastic storage solutions was the cheaper initial cost when compared with glass products, along with fancy sales-pitch phrases and adjectives such as “Easy Find Lids”, “Lock-its Technology”, and an assortment of pleasing color options. Ultimately, we ended up with a disorganized mess of slightly morphed, melted, plastic shapes; the clear parts of the containers tinted dingy due to use.

Swapping out your plastic food storage containers for glass containers will put cash in your pocket in more ways than one. Lets start with the basics.

1.) Glass storage containers are durable. Quality usually prevents you from having to purchase quantity. Shielding you from the hassle of future repeat trips to the store, and the eventual cost of purchasing products over and over again. Do it right the first time, so you don’t have to do it a second, third, or fourth time.

2.) Depending on the brand, glass food storage containers are microwavable, oven,

Glass food storage containers - Glass Oven Safe

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freezer, fridge, and dishwasher safe, allowing them to be multifunctional kitchen solutions. This alone will save you from having to purchase other unnecessary baking and cooking products. An added bonus is that you can store the food you cook, in the same container you prepared it in, saving you both time and money on meal clean up!

3.) Glass storage containers help reduce food waste. Glass does not stain or retain odors, and is thus much more transparent than plastic, allowing you to see what you have in your fridge at a glance. Increased awareness of the contents of your fridge assists in leftovers being consumed, and aids in the prevention of fresh fruits and vegetables spoiling in storage. This effectively lowers your food costs and expenses.

Glass food storage containers - Fridge

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Additionally, the majority of glass storage containers are stackable like their plastic Tupperware counterparts, and will withstand a drop from elevated heights like a champ. If you are thinking about investing in glass food storage containers, here are some tips on how to get the best prices on your purchase.

Ask family members, it’s free. Pyrex glass storage containers are passed down through generations of families, and are one of the few products in existence that are better used than new. This is because, the glass containers began being manufactured out of soda lime instead of borosilicate sometime around 1998, when the Pyrex brand was bought from Corning by the company World Kitchen. Glass made of soda lime is less expensive to produce, however, soda lime is more susceptible to damage during sudden temperature changes and has a lower resistance to high temperatures compared to borosilicate. Pyrex still ranks among the top brands for quality glass kitchen products (and is my recommendation when choosing glass food storage containers), but your grandma’s Pyrex will still be superior to what you can find on store shelves today.

Garage sales and Craigslist. Used is as good as new, as mentioned prior, so scoring

Glass food storage container - Preparing Meals

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yourself a set of Pyrex glass food storage containers at a yard sale is a real bargain. Do not fret if the Pyrex containers are missing lids, as they can be purchased at the World Kitchen Shop online. Previously, there was no such place to purchase new plastic lids for glass food storage containers, so use the lid-less factor as a haggling point when making your deal (even if that point is just that you will have to buy new lids). This is a good route to get high-quality Pyrex, possibly even some made of the old borosilicate recipe, for rock bottom prices.

Last, shop when there are sales and search for coupons and discounts on the internet. If you would like to purchase a set of glass food storage containers now, without the hassle or fuss, price compare and purchase from the retailer with the cheapest deal. Remember to do a quick internet search on RetailMeNot.com, or a Google search for coupons, before making your purchase online or in-stores.