How To Keep Track Of The Stuff You’ve Loaned To People

Our depression-minded family owns quite a bit of stuff. Most of that stuff aren’t things we’ve actually purchased ourselves but were saved by parents, grandparents, great grandparents and so on. We have so much stuff that despite having a four-story house and a two-story barn, we still don’t have quite enough room to store it all.

One of the advantages of having so much stuff is that we pretty much own anything anyone would ever need. Want to borrow a scythe? Yep, we got one. An outboard motor? Uh-Huh. A set of wooden skis? Model T wheels? Hand plow? A corrugated steel bathtub? Check, check, check, and double-check.

Keeping track of the stuff you loan out to friends and family is a challenge. While a person might remember the book or DVD loaned to Mom, if you are in the habit of loaning out a lot of things, it’s best to have some sort of system for keeping track of who has what. If you also looking for ways that you can try in order to keep a track of the stuff that you have loaned to people then you can learn about some of the most effective and useful ways on hjemmeside.

At our house, we have different systems for the different things we need to keep track of.

Chalkboard system

For garden supplies, automotive tools, or outdoor types of things, we use the chalkboard system. We drilled a chalkboard into the back of a door, and keep a running list ~ in chalk ~ of what is checked out to whom and on what day. This list helps us retrieve our property when we need to use it, and prompts us to remind neighbors like Bill that “We haven’t forgotten that you still have our 12-foot ladder.”

The clipboard system

For keeping track of my dishes, the roasting pan, the hand crank meat grinder, the 30 cup coffee maker and all my kitchen stuff that is used for canning or entertaining, I use a 9 x 12 clipboard and a 70-page spiral binder. The clipboard is hung from a hook in my pantry where it’s out of sight, yet still easy to find. When my friends come over to borrow something, I hand them the clipboard and have them write down what’s been borrowed.

The library checkout system

We have a fairly large library with a pretty decent collection of art books, “How-tos,” reference books and so forth. Whenever someone borrows a book, I slap an address label on the cover and record the name of the book on a 3 x 5 card along with the borrower’s name and date. The card is stored in the one book that never leaves our library, our Webster’s Dictionary.

Video or CD rental

We have a lot of videos, CDs, and DVDs… possibly even more than Hastings. For keeping track of who’s borrowed what, I use another clipboard and a second 70-page spiral notebook. When the movies get borrowed, we slap an address label on the outside of the jewel case or box, then write the name of the movie and the borrower in the binder, and store it safely in the TV cabinet.

There’s all sorts of ways to keep track of who’s borrowed your stuff. But whether you jot it down on a clipboard, or write it on a chalk or white erase board, the important thing is to develop some kind of system and stick with it. Without keeping track of who has got your stuff, eventually, your belongings may disappear for good.