I’ve admitted to being ruthless when it comes to kicking clutter out of my life. But if I’m being completely honest, I have to make a confession: I find it nearly impossible to part with my children’s baby clothes.
My attachment to these clothes is purely sentimental. It isn’t the articles of clothing themselves that I don’t want to lose, but rather the memories that they evoke each time I look at them — the dress my daughter wore the day she took her first step, the blanket the midwife wrapped my son in after his peaceful birth at home.
Even when we know how important it is to de-clutter and simplify, we have to make room in our lives to keep the things that really matter. Personally, I’ve chosen to keep a few special items that hold significance, even though I know that I’ll never actually use them again. But I’ve also pushed myself to move past my emotional attachment to the other stuff, because in the end, it’s just stuff.
The following are some of my favorite ways to get rid of my children’s outgrown clothes (once I’ve actually convinced myself that the time has come to let them go, that is.)
- Resale Shops. Most cities have at least one consignment or resale shop that deals specifically in gently used children’s clothing. I like Once Upon A Child because I can take my stuff into the store without an appointment, and they can usually tell me within about an hour what they want to buy and how much they will pay me for it. It’s a quick and efficient way to clear clutter and make some cash.
- Consignment. At traditional consignment stores, you have to leave your items in the store and then wait to see if they sell before you make any money. Personally, I prefer resale shops that pay a flat fee up front, but some people claim that you can make more per item through consignment. To learn more about reselling vs. consigning, visit the website How to Consign.
- Host A Clothing Swap. Organizing a clothing swap with a group of local parents is a great way to pass along your used kid’s clothes. It’s nice to see the clothes go to someone you know, and as an added bonus, you have the opportunity to find new clothes for your own children at no cost.
- Make A Quilt. If you find yourself with certain items of clothing that you just can’t part with, cut them up and make them into a quilt. Yes, it’s sentimental and probably impractical, but a small quilt made from your children’s baby clothes can be a cherished keepsake that prevents you from keeping those clothes in your closet forever.
Am I the only one who becomes sentimentally attached to baby clothes? What types of possessions do you have difficulty parting with? And what do you do with the clothing your children have outgrown?