Originally Posted by nessam
How many baby clothes should I keep?
We're not sure if we want to have another baby. Should at least keep the super cute high quality stuff. Donate the hand-me-downs and so-so quality items. Would hate to have to start from scratch. How long to hang onto these things?
This is always really hard for me. We *know* we will have more kids...at least one more, at least, because I'm pregnant...so we do have to keep some things. It seems that every time I go through baby clothes, I take out more to get rid of.
Once, I took all my baby clothes, dumped them on my bed, and went through them as fast as I could. I had four piles on the floor: (1) definitely keep, (2) definitely toss, (3) unsure, (4) missing pieces (this is where I tossed a single shoe, when I wasn't sure where the mate was). When there were no more clothes on my bed, I bagged up the "toss" pile to donate, without giving it a second look. I sorted through the "missing pieces" pile and made matches if possible; everything that was still unmatched after I sorted the entire pile when in the trash, because it was unusable. I folded the "keep" pile and sorted it into large Rubbermade tubs to store in the attic (sorted by age group...0-6m, 6-12m, 12-24m, 2t-3t, etc.). I sorted the "unsure" pile AFTER I had folded the "keep" pile for storage, so I could clearly see how much I had for each age range. If I was unsure about a 2T sweater, and my 2T-3T box was very sparse, I kept the sweater. If I was unsure about a 0-6m sleeper but my 0-6m box was bursting at the seams, I got rid of it.
This process was not as time-consuming as it sounds.
The trick, for me, was to do it as fast as possible, and go with my first instinct.