This post was inspired by a Facebook comment from my pal Jes of Beauty from Chaos. Jes mentioned that she was going through some baby stuff, trying to decide what to get rid of, even though she’d like more kiddos someday. Here’s some of my own ideas.
If you have a big, empty basement or tons of closet space, it’s probably worth it to hang on to most of your baby gear until you’re certain you have no future need for it.
But if you live in an apartment with minimal storage space as I do, you really do have to prioritize which items you store and which items to remove from your home.
If you have too much stuff, it’s probably worth getting rid of some items. Living in a cluttered environment can be stressful.
Even if you hope to be blessed with children in the future, it still may be worth going through your baby gear and getting rid of things that you can easily borrow or buy when you need them again.
- See if you can loan out some baby items that you’d like back someday. Things like bouncy seats, swings, large toys, high chairs, playpens … these things require a lot of storage space. If you know another mom who could use them (and treat the items well) let her “store” them for you by letting her use them for her child until she no longer needs them or you need them back. Use discretion though — don’t loan out something that you’d be heartbroken if it was damaged or needed to be replaced.
- Check with family to see if you can store some items in their basement, garage, a spare closet, etc. if they have room. Just don’t pay to rent out a storage locker for baby items. That is almost certainly not a cost-effective way to do it.
- Baby swings, bouncy chairs, exersaucers, Bumbo seats, and certain types of strollers can always be found at the baby consignment shops in my area. Consign yours now (or sell on eBay or craigslist) and hang on to the money to buy a similar item in the future. Yeah, you might lose a few dollars by doing it this way, but what’s a few bucks vs. having an organized, non-overflowing closet?
- Baby clothes by far take up the most of my baby-storage space at this point. I plan to go through all I have and sort them into a few piles: Keep or consign. If I have an excessive number of items in a certain size, it would probably be worth paring those down. Depending on how much I have in my “consign” pile, I’ll sell those at the next Snugglebugs consignment sale here in town or put it in a lot on eBay. I can usually find loads of good baby clothes at thrift or consignment stores or at yard sales for really cheap prices, so I don’t really need to hold onto everything.
What do you think? Is it better to just hold onto it all, or to purge it and get more when you need it? How do you decide what stays and what goes?