Several months ago, Joanna Gaines used her Instagram Stories to document the decluttering and organizing she was doing around her home. I was intrigued for obvious reasons because everything the woman does seems to be a good idea and/or turn to gold, so I made sure to pop over to her channel every day to see what she was sorting through.
One of her projects involved going through her four children’s outgrown baby clothes, and I simply fell in love with what I saw her do. She set out four small bins and packed each one with a modest handful of the most special items from her sons’ and daughters’ first couple years. She wrote each child a sealed note, place it inside on top of the clothes, and packed them away to give each of her babes when they’re grown to do with it whatever they wish with it – pass on to their children, ditch, whatever.
I loved this so, so much for a few reasons. For starters, decluttering gives me life, and the idea of finding room in our home for 14 boxes of baby clothes seems silly for us. Also, I thought about what I might have thought if my mom gave me something like this when I became a mom; I would have loved it. In fact, she did pass on a couple special items that she held on to, and I loved seeing my girls in both items. I don’t wish she held onto more. A few things checked the “nostalgia” box for me.
Saving Outgrown Baby Clothes
So, I recently plugged away for a couple hours on picking out a few items from outgrown baby clothes bins that I’d want to see again in 20ish years. And let’s just say that I’m glad my best friend randomly called shortly after I got started because I was getting choked up dang fast, and she was a good distraction from these bizarre feelings!
I’m always so caught off guard by the things that make me emotional and twist my heart. I wasn’t expecting this to be one of them, but oh my goodness – it wrecked me. I could feel my tiny babies in these outfits, and in those moments I wanted to tell Jamie that we needed to have five more baby girls. Kidding, but not. It was weird.
But anyway – mission accomplished!! Each box has about 10 items: first Christmas dresses, coming home outfit, and other outfits that are in fantastic shape that have some kind of very special memory behind it.
I also sat down one night after dinner to write them each a note, and picturing my girls as adults reading these notes was impossible. Like, they’re not actually going to be adults one day, right? They’ll be my babies forever? Right under my wings where I want them? Ah. Such a bizarre thing to write them notes knowing (praying) that they’ll grow up and be gifted this one day (because in all seriousness, it’ll be the privilege of my life to be around long enough to watch them grow into grown women). They were so embarrassingly mushy that I wouldn’t even let Jamie read them. I poured my heart into those suckers. A mother’s love is so uniquely fierce.
As for the rest of their clothes, I threw away outfits that were stained and beyond being donated, and consolidated the rest. I have them stored in a spare closet until I figure out what the best avenue is for what to do next, but until then, I’ll hold onto them with open eyes looking for the right recipient.
Did you hold onto any special baby clothing items to pass on to your children? How are you storing them?
What did you do with your child’s outgrown baby clothes once you were finished having babies?
Hi! I’m Erica, and I absolutely adore sharing my life on this website with you! I come here almost daily to blab about all of the things related to being a regular wife and mother in today’s ever-evolving society. I share about our new home, what’s on our kitchen table, what we’re hanging in our closets, where we’re traveling to next, my crazy 5 a.m. work outs, how I make time for girlfriends, our faith, and much more. We always have a lot of balls in the air and somewhat thrive on the chaos. I believe in the power of story-telling as a form of inspiration and entertainment, so I’m here to do both! I was born and raised in north Alabama and recently re-planted roots here again after my husband transitioned out of the Army (he is now in the Reserve and it’s going so well!) I’m a super proud mom to three little girls (ages 7, 4, and 1) who seem to be the stars of the show around here (for good reason – they’re pretty great!) I’m so glad you found me and are here reading! I hope we can get to know each other here on the blog as well as Facebook and/or Instagram. xoxo