Feb 28 2011

Deciding which baby items to save

I don’t have much storage space.

So I really can’t justify storing all of our outgrown baby clothes for future children that may or may not ever exist. For one thing, just because I have two children doesn’t mean I’ll be able to have more. And for another, I can’t predict whether the next one will be a boy or girl. My son is outgrowing 2T clothes right now, and it will be a long time (if ever) that I have another little guy who can wear that size.

If I had a garage or attic or some other area for saving entire children’s wardrobes, I might save all of it and get rid of it only after I was certain I wouldn’t have more children.

Since that’s not the case, I’m going to need to weed out some things.

– I’ll save a lot of the newborn/0-3m things since they are tiny and don’t take up much space

– Gender-neutral items are more likely to stick around

– Clothes that were gifts or have sentimental value will stay

– I’ll probably keep a few favorite items in each size

Everything else, I’ll sort for donations and consigning. I think it’s better to get rid of some of the nice, sellable things now before they go out of style or deteriorate from being stored too long. I can roll the money into their current/near future sizes.

As far as baby gear goes, I think we’ll get rid of our bouncy seat once Vivienne is too big for it. I saved it from when Johnny used it, but it doesn’t fold up very well and it’s just…big. Plus, I know I can get another one inexpensively if I need to.

We’ll keep our swing as long as Vivie doesn’t wear it out. It folds up pretty small and I can put it in our storage locker. We’ll also keep the pack n play, crib (the thing was recalled so I cannot sell it), and infant car seat since it won’t expire for several more years.

It does create a little more work in the short term: sorting and selling it. And later if I have to buy more clothes, that’s more effort.

But I can’t justify filling a closet with outgrown clothing and gear. I need to use the space for my children who are already here!

More on the topic: How long to keep baby stuff

Do you keep it all? Sell or donate some? What’s your process?



7 Responses to “Deciding which baby items to save”

  1. If you have quite a few t-shirts or sentimental pieces you might consider having a quilt made with these things. Check out campusquilt.com

  2. Good idea, Kim!

  3. If you can get a big bag of clothes for $3 I wouldn’t worry about saving anything! There is nothing like that around me. I thought it was awesome when I got two outfits for $1.50 at a consignment sale!
    Of course you do want to save some special items that are sentimental.
    Stacy´s last post ..Big girl!

  4. I have found that as my oldest got older (he’s now 5), he is WEARING OUT his clothing and so there isn’t as much to pass down to the younger, too. It’s a bummer, but on the other hand, you don’t have to worry about storing it! :-)
    Christina @ Northern Cheapskate´s last post ..Money-Saving Monday- Coupons- Freebies &amp Deals

  5. younger TWO. Can’t type today. Lol.
    Christina @ Northern Cheapskate´s last post ..Money-Saving Monday- Coupons- Freebies &amp Deals

  6. I’m saving enough for a very thin wardrobe for each gender (we have one of each). I have the space to save everything, but I assume later children will also recieve a few gifts and hand-me-downs. If they don’t for a season or size, we’ll have the bare minimum to get by. I’ve spent a little bit of money investing in shelves and dressers for storage, but they’re neutral enough to use for other things later.

    If you want to get extreme about the storage, I’ve heard some people store children’s clothing between the bedframe and mattress, or stuff the couch’s pillow covers with it!

    If you find “holes” in your future Pittsburgh baby’s(ies’) closet, you can always borrow from ours!

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