I'm due with my 4th child in a couple of months. I've been doing some reading here about decluttering, and the idea of getting rid of stuff rather than storing really appeals to me. But, I'm not sure if this will be our last child. I'm thinking there will probably be a couple more eventually... We do know we'll get rid of the infant carseat after the baby outgrows it, because it will reach that 6-year mark (after which it is not supposed to be used) before we would have another child anyway. So that's one less thing to store. But what about my maternity clothes? Granted, some of them are stretched out in the panels from going through 4 pregnancies and I might get rid of them anyway. Some of the clothes I have not worn at all yet this time. But what about the basics, like my denim capris that I really like? Or my favorite shirt and skirt? Should I just keep a few things in case I get pregnant again, and give away the rest? Most days I just wear shorts and a tank top, so it's not like I couldn't buy that sort of thing again if I needed to, right?
What about the outgrown baby clothes? I already did a major purging about a year ago, but I still have a ton of stuff. I can see keeping the newborn sleepers because they are gender neutral and only fit for a few weeks anyway (at least on my big babies!). Because I got rid of so much, when this baby is born I will have to buy him/her some clothes. But after they are outgrown as well, do I start accumulating again, or immediately get rid of them? I'm thinking I should be careful not to go crazy with purchases and only get the number of outfits that we NEED, and take good care of them, and then maybe sell them on ebay when we are done with them? I really love shopping for baby clothes anyway; if I were to have another child I wouldn't mind having to start over again.
The problem is: I think that dh assumes that since we have already had this many kids, we should already own everything we'll ever need. So then when I tell him, no, actually the new baby will need clothes, he doesn't understand why I don't have everything we need already. Ever since I got pregnant I started saving all of my kids' outgrown clothes again; after the baby is born and I know the gender I can sort it and see what we need to keep.
Sorry for the rambling; I am just struggling with this a little--- part of me wants to simplify so much that there's very little sitting around in boxes being stored. Part of me wants to make sure I have everything we need "just in case" we can't afford it later or whatever. Like with kids' jeans or denim shorts- we have them in every size, and if they are in good shape, why get rid of them? Especially since they are expensive new. When I found a bunch at the Goodwill for $1.50 each I had to buy them (and they will wear them; the question is whether to keep them, JUST IN CASE I have a 5 th child eventually).