Here are a few purging tips that I use to help me choose what to lose.
- Stow heirloom gifts and handmade items. Things that people took the time to make should be cherished.
- Stow short-term items that you will need for another baby — receiving blankets, onesies, snapsuits.
- Stow big ticket item toys like your swing, papasan chair, baby carrier and jumper.
- Stow timeless, classic outfits that can be worn by siblings and/or future generations.
To see what else to stow and what to throw,
- Stow a handful of sentimental items — the stuffed animal your child slept with, the first barrette that held her hair, the lil suit from his first photo shoot.
- Stow books — kids love to read the same stories over and over.
- Stow wooden toys — they are timeless.
- Throw trendy clothing
- Throw child specific clothing. If your daughter loved all things ladybugs, it doesn't mean your next lil girl will.
- Throw multiples — if you have three identical toy boats, share the wealth with those in need.
- Throw battery operated and talking toys that sporadically turn on while in storage.
- Throw bedding if you plan on buying a different motif for each baby.
If you decide to let go of big ticket items consider setting up a swap event with friends, donating to charity, selling on Craigslist or unloading your items on a site like Googooswap. What do you store and what do you throw out the door?