Books. Maternity clothes. Baby gear. Homeschool curriculum. Camping gear. And more. What do these things have in common? They’re all items you might loan to others. And if you’re especially generous, you might have many things on loan simultaneously!
Label your items
Put a label on the item before you loan it out. Those free address labels you get in the mail are perfect. It is always a good idea to get some book labels that you place on the front of the book that says “This book belongs to:” If you are loaned a book, you might want to put a post-it note on the outside and inside the front cover to you won’t forget who the book belongs to. It is always a good idea to have some kind of permanent labeling system for things like camping gear, sports equipment, etc. We have a habit of borrowing things and then forgetting to return them when we are finished using them. After a few months, we may no longer remember who the items belong.
Printable tracking sheet
I’ve put together this simple thing on a loan printable for your home management notebook to help you keep track of the items you’ve loaned out. Write down the date, a description of the item, the name of the person who borrowed it, and their phone number and email address. If you need an item that has not been returned yet, you know who has it.
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