In the spirit of getting organised for our impending move, I spent today sorting out all our baby gear and preparing for a garage sale I am having with a friend next weekend. If we weren't moving I would probably leave it another 6 months but I really do not want to move a whole lot of baby gear which will not be used.
Over the years we have collected baby stuff as we collected babies. I have tried to be pragmatic and only get what we really needed, but even so we have a lot of stuff! The clothes alone take up multiple boxes. And let's face it whilst 3 year olds destroy their clothing, baby clothing generally is still in good condition when they grow out of it.
We had about 10 boxes of girls clothes stored up before Toby was born, but the day I came home from hospital, CB got them all out and sorted them into 2 piles; pink and unisex. He then put the pink stuff into 9 boxes and we sent them to my sister for my niece who is a few months older than Toby. Since then we have filled several boxes of little boy clothes which I now want to get rid of. Every time I go into a room, I find another thing I no longer need - sterilisers, toddler stroller seat, baby play frame, baby bath; they are all joining the pile for the sale.
The girls have joined in my enthusiasm for getting rid of stuff and have ruthlessly gone through all their toys and pulled out the things that they have out grown, or don't use. I think the promise that they could have the money for anything of theirs that sold has motivated them, though they may be disappointed that they don't make the hundreds of dollars they think their old toys are worth.
I am less motivated by the money and more excited about getting rid of things we no longer use ! The less I have to pack into boxes and move 4 hours away, the better. So whilst in some ways it is sad to think that my little one is no longer really a baby, I am very happy to say goodbye to the baby equipment.
Here is my pile of "stuff" (so far)
Have you ever got rid of something you later regretted?