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?