Now as a stay-at-home mom with twins, my "job" is caring for them around the clock, and there's definitely room for process development and improvements! As I go along this journey, I'd like to share my "twin tips" that seem to make things work a little more smoothly for me. For twin moms - try them out for yourself. For moms of singletons - many will work for you as well. For those of you who aren't moms, these little ideas might answer the question "how on earth do you do it?" that I get asked ever so frequently.
First up, the Baby Clothes Inventory Sheet.
Long ago in a time that now seems very far away, I was a planner. My friends picked on me relentlessly about how I had "control issues" and tried to plan life to the most minuscule detail. The birth of my twins has broken the planner in me mercilessly. I finally gave up after creating a google spreadsheet (linked to a form document, accessible from my Droid) that tracked my ounces pumped, times and amounts consumed, and "outputs" of my twins. One document I created during my time as a planner - and now being resurrected for use during my consignment shopping - was my Baby Clothes Inventory.
It's amazing the sheer amount of STUFF that twins need. One unique challenge for mothers of multiples (boy/girl especially) is that it all becomes a blur when considering the amounts you have in what size, for what gender. For example, it seemed like I had a TON of fuzzy sleepers. And I did - but they were all in size newborn for Julie (hand me downs from a friend) and in size 0-3 months for Brayden (which we'd purchased because he was expected to be a big baby). Had I not had my handy Baby Clothes Inventory spreadsheet, I would have been out of luck and left struggling when Julie quickly outgrew her clothes.
Now, I am using my inventory to assist with consignment shopping, in order to help plan for the future while snagging great deals. Download my Baby Clothes Inventory template HERE.
A few notes of use about this document:
- You can't edit it in Google Documents. To download a usable copy, go to "File" (under the title) and then "Download" which will start the download of the Microsoft Excel file.
- The spreadsheet is designed for Boy/Girl twins with a column for N (Neutral) especially helpful for things like yellow newborn clothes and the sort.
- Each item tallies at each size level. This total is the total number of Boy+Girl+Neutral. This will prove that yes, indeed, you have a TON of fuzzy sleepers.
If anyone is interested in this and has a tough time with excel, please feel free to email me and I'd be glad to make changes for you if needed.
Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!