I am not usually someone who holds a lot of sentimental value to things. Kid’s things, for some reason tend to get me a little more than anything else. I can just remember them in certain clothes or playing with toys. It’s also symbolic of them growing up. I’m more than happy to see them grow and thrive and chase their dreams and all that, but I miss every baby stage and I’m a little sad at the thought of them growing up and leaving and gaining all sorts of independence. I know that’s years and years away, but you get the point. There is just so much emotion behind these kids.
There are a few ideas I’ve found and things that have helped me to purge the kids things that aren’t needed anymore while also still feeling good about it.
Give to someone who need it. This is the best one. If I can help another family with having things for their little ones, it makes it that much easier to watch those sentimental items go.
Photos and photo albums. Take photos of them in the clothes and print them out for an album. Same with the toys or whatever other item you are holding sentimental value to. Print the photos out and put them in a photo album that you can look through. Something about the physical album makes it feel like you sort of still have those physical items.
A memory box. Allow yourself one box to keep a few sentimental items. The clothes they came home in are in mine, plus a blanket and a couple of other items. Limit yourself to one box per kid. You will have some sentimental items without stuff taking over your house.
Memory bears. These little bears are made from onesies or blankets and a great way to keep some things in a more condensed way.
Live in the present. It’s great to have those memories and to reminisce about the previous stages, but to really appreciate your kids, you need to live with them in whatever stage they are in right now. Let go of the old things that are cluttering your home to make room for enjoying every moment.
Just remember it’s not about the stuff. It’s about the moments spent with your kids. Having less stuff cluttering your home will make those times that much more valuable and full of fun!
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