I've been lurking for quite some time now, and I have found this forum to be INCREDIBLY helpful. I've really made huge changes in the past year to simplify, declutter, and organize. I finally feel like our house is clean, and I don't have a panic attack at the idea of someone coming over.
That being said, when we moved into this home about 1.5 years ago, we a few bags of 'clothes that don't fit anymore' into a spare bedroom. These clothes were mostly mine and my DD's. Well, I went into the room this week to survey my next zone to tackle, and I found mouse droppings all over the clothes, her old swing, carseat, etc... I don't care about my clothes. I will very likely never wear them again anyways. However, I am finding that I am still emotionally attached to some of her things. I guess it was a remind of the old chaos, and it was disappointing to see some things ruined because of our lack of structure before. I am also expecting, so I had planned to pass some things on to our next child.
I guess I just need a bit of reassurance that it is just an emotional attachment - and it is OK to just get rid of everything and start over. I mean, I can't possibly clean and keep these items for a newborn?! I don't think I'd ever feel like they were clean enough - and I can't even clean them with the risk of hanta virus. Ugh, I guess I just thought that I had worked through all of the big and challenging areas.
Thanks for reading. I feel better already :)
Like you, I would have trouble parting with all those sweet little baby clothes. Is it possible they only damaged the top of the pile? Or maybe you could wash a few to go into a special memory box just to save... but not to be worn by another baby.
i would feel the same way! i have had a hard time getting rid of baby clothes that aren't going to be used again, much less ones that i had wanted to save for a soon-to-be baby sibling! hugs to you. i would throw them out because like you say, there's no way of knowing if they are really clean. if it was for a 5-year-old i would have a harder time personally wanting to wash them, but i would not for a wee one. let yourself cry about it, really. i was decluttering my upstairs rooms today and was feeling like such a failure as keeping house, i just let myself be sad because i am sad about it. i rested awhile, read a comforting book, then kept going with the cleaning. if there are specific pieces you love and hate to get rid of, maybe take a photo and go on a mission during this pregnancy to find "replacements" that are much like those items you loved and wanted for this new one. maybe that would make tossing out the old feel a little better?
Katie, mommy to Oliver (2007) and brand new Ava Estelle (2014)!
Decluttering Challenge: 303/2014 items are gone!
$728 made from selling my "stuff"
(I've gotten rid of 3711 items over the last four years on this forum! Last years selling total: $456)