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What to Stow and What to Throw

It's so hard to part with your baby's first blanket, the bonnet they wore home from the hospital or their first pair of shoes, but it's even tougher to live with bags of their keepsakes stored in every nook and cranny of your place. As the mother of two, I don't have trouble tossing things into a giveaway bag. It keeps me sane and allows the goods to keep on giving. For those of you who feel the urge to keep every washcloth, burper and pair of ballet slippers, here are a few purging tips that 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.
  • 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 photoshoot.
  • Stow books — kids love to read the same stories over and over.

To see what to throw,


  • 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.


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alohagirl alohagirl 8 years
Great tips! My baby has outgrown some of her clothes and toys and I've been stowing everything and frankly our garage already is overflowing!
Baby-Dove Baby-Dove 8 years
Good info. I only wished my closet looked so neat.
GodofForkery GodofForkery 8 years
I don't think you should throw "child specific clothing" until you know what the next child will like. It seems like a waste.
cutiekat88 cutiekat88 8 years
it's good tip cuz there such good memories.
radmama27 radmama27 8 years
Good tips!
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