I recently heard from a friend that is going through 10 years of girls clothes and 5 years of boy clothes for 4 children and is very overwhelmed. She is trying to sort what to give to friends, what to keep, what to sell, what to give away.
I've talked on my blog before about my sorting project. I only have 7 years of all boy clothes to go through and I'm overwhelmed. Plus add in that Ram is the only living child and our children are going to be the only grandchildren on that side of the family. Currently our children are the only grandchildren on my side of the family. Ram's mom kept a lot of the clothes and they also had 3 boys. So I have a lot to go through.
I am on part 1 of my sorting project. I am currently working on clothes, baby/toddler books, and other items in their closet. I am not working on toys yet. Part 1 gets everything that is too small for them out of their closet and bedroom. Part 2 will be to seriously sort everything that is too little for Lamb 3 and hopefully give away most of that. Part 3 will be to go through what Lamb 1 and 2 have outgrown-that's a little more difficult because I think more Lambs will have a chance to wear this. But they have far too much. I think Lamb 2 has t-shirts to fit him that he could wear a different one each day for at least a month, possibly two months. Did I mention that we have bought very little of this, it was all gifts? The thought of possibly moving with all this also motivates me to give away more. Part 4 will be to make a list of what Lamb 1 needs and if there are a few items that Lamb 2 or 3 need. Part 5 will be to organize what we do keep for the Lambs to grow into.
It occurred to me that part of my problem is that I breastfed. If they would have had formula then more of their baby clothes would be stained up. Their baby clothes are in great condition and they had so many that some were only worn a few times before they outgrew them.
Some times I mention that I'm having a really difficult time sorting things because I don't know if we will have more children. My friends always reply that it is even more difficult when you know for sure that you are done-that brings it's own set of emotions and problems for sorting. I guess I'll take this problem with sorting over the other problem. I know that God will provide if I do give away something that I "need" if we have another child. Plus the ladies from church say that as soon as I give away the baby clothes then I will get pregnant. I guess I better get back to sorting baby clothes to give away now!