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!

Shop Online with Coupon Codes

When shopping online, do not be too brisk at check-out. A few minutes of time could save you anywhere from 15 to 50 percent off your purchase, or score you free shipping.

Most online retailers use what are commonly referred to as “coupon codes”, but can also appear under the guise of “code”, “promo deal”, and “discount code”, among other variations depending upon the retailer. A coupon code is basically a sequence of numbers and/or letters that you enter during your online check-out experience to score discounts and deals. The majority of you have more than likely seen or used a cyber coupon code at some point during your online shopping career. Some retailers advertise coupon codes on their website when they are available. For example, J.Crew is presently running a sale on their webpage, “FREE SHIPPING ON ALL ORDERS WITH CODE FREESHIP”. However, some coupon codes can only be found at coupon sites that partner with retailers to create exclusive online coupons.

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A favorite of mine –Retailmenot.com– has coupons for 130,000 stores, a downloadable iPhone app, and features “Top Coupons of the Day”. RetailMeNot provides you with the expiration date of the coupon code, and the last time it was tested so you know whether or not it is still in working order. Just simply type in the store you are looking to make a purchase from in the search bar, and apply any applicable codes you find during the check-out process on your retailer’s website.

A second option I sometimes employ is typing the phrase “[name of retailer] + coupons” into a trusted search engine. There are a wealth of websites offering exclusive online coupons, so if you have a little extra time, comparing codes can occasionally fetch you different and/or improved deals. Many online retailers do not let you stack coupons, so choose the coupon code that gives you the best discount when comparing options.

If you take the brief time it requires during your future online shopping endeavors to look up possible coupon codes before you check-out, than you can expect to be scoring deals and discounts in no time!