Thursday, April 19, 2012

Parenting Questions Answered - What To Keep?

As Kallie Jane continues to get older, I have to make the decision on what baby items to keep and what to part with. I had a brother and sister that were much younger than I was and my mom kept several clothing items as well as some baby gear. I'm grateful that she kept most of it and I specifically remember that Evan wore the Osh Kosh overalls that she kept and she had a high chair and swing that we were able to use at her house.

I know that I will keep the outfits that they had from the hospital as well as all the personalized shirts and dresses(maybe we'll make a quilt with them one day), but I'm not sure what else to keep. The hoarder in me wants to hold on to much of it since my brother is getting married next year and will need these things before long, but my practical side knows that we simply don't have the space to keep holding on to everything.

For those of you with older children, is there anything that you're glad you kept? Anything you got rid of and now wish you would have held on to? If you have babies, what do you plan on keeping?


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13 comments:

dannyscotland said...

Well, I don't have older children, but my mom has been sharing with me some of the things she kept. Mostly she kept things with strong sentimental value, such as a dress I wore in a favorite photo, some "Ralph" shirts (we loved the show "The Greatest American Hero" and his name was Ralph), and a shirt of my mom's that we both loved that had clocks on it. Seeing all the sweet little things she saved has been fun, and I have even been able to put my girls in some of my old clothes. So I would save a few things like that. I am saving only one bin for each of my girls, but I am allowing myself to stuff it full of anything I want. But only one bin. Equipment I wouldn't worry about so much as over time it can become dangerous and outdated, unless it's something timeless, like a wooden rocking horse or something. Hope this is helpful.

Shelly said...

I have an older child and a younger one. I kept some of my favorite outfits of my son's. I'd like to make one of those memory quilts from the pieces. I also wavered on getting rid of baby equipment; I've heard if you get rid of them, boom, you get pregnant and need them. LOL

The Teachers Wife said...

We are considering moving again and it is CRAZY what you keep. I find it harder now with kids as they want to keep everything but we have learned that if we turn our "cleaning sessions" into a donating sessions for other kids that don't have things the kids jump right on board & are willing to share just about everything - clothes & toys included! It's a great way to teach them about selfless giving, feel good about getting rid of stuff & clean house!

Heather McDougle said...

I am going through this right now. What to keep, what to give away, and what to sell. I am attached to the infant swing and jumperoo my boys loved so I am giving it to a friend who is having her first. I know it will be close and well taken care of, haha. I am keeping a few favorite outfits that have sweet memories. Some infant toys that have made it through all 3 are hard to get rid of because I keep thinking they are small so it won't matter if I keep them but I know little stuff adds up.

Mellissa Hanks said...

I'm like my mother and if it as made with a a hand or foot print I keep it ;O) Or if it has their picture. You can never keep to much in my opinion.

ColleenMarie82 said...

I feel the same way. I am due with baby #3 in July and I am thinking this will be our last. I have 2 girls and now this baby is a boy. So do I keep all the girl stuff or get rid of it. AHHH I can't really bring myself to sell it all in a garage sale. My sister is not married and no prospects in sight so who knows when she will have kids. I am looking forward to reading some more responses.

amy2blessings said...

I keep anything that means alot to me but I'm very selective at the same time. I only have a few things for each of them. They take over our lives as it is,lol.

Deanna - Mommygaga said...

I have the same questions! My kids are 5 an 1, they collectively have more stuff than I do! I kept their firsts, hospital outfits, art projects, special toys, etc. I want to keep more but there is absolutely nowhere to put it!

Anonymous said...

I have a memory box for each child in the attic. I put a few things in each year. Maybe a favorite t-shirt, a birthday card but just a few items. I'm consigning my girl clothes that are good quality and giving the rest to a friend with a little girl. I am due with my second boy so I am keeping my oldest boys clothes for him. The plan is to consign things as they outgrow them including toys.

Cher said...

I am not one to ask. I have 11 rubbermaid bins so far and my kids are only 8 months, 3 and 5. I just can't part with their clothes or infant items. Last month though I sold a bunch of toys and few baby items and made a pretty penny that I think I will be motivated to sell more next time. I like the idea of one bin per kid (or maybe 2 per kid :))

BeeBubbaBella said...

I got rid of everything after our second child was born at the insistance of my hubby. It was great to be able to donate to our Airmen's Attic because there were 3 women who were having baby girls and needed tons of stuff. Well once he got home from his deployment surpise baby #3 came along. I regretted for a second giving everything away but the Lord blessed above and beyond and provided for baby #3 and #4 that came along a few years later. If you are absolutely done I say get rid of everything. You could ask your future sister in law if she would like some of the baby stuff but just think of who could benefit from the baby things you donate/yard sale sell. Once we have our final baby I will be donating everything to our Airmen's Attic because we know what its like to be new to the AF and struggling. I did keep baby hats from the hospital and first shoes but that's it =).

Jenny said...

I kept the sentimental things, blankets and favorite outfits.

Everything I saved fits into 1 Rubbermaid tote.

Verdi Laurent said...

My daughter loved to keep her 1st black shirt that I bought for her since she was 2 yrs old. Until now she's age 6 yrs old, the shirt still fits in her body.

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