For many mamas who are sick of their ever-growing storage pile, the start of a new year is the perfect time to finally get organized. But before you Marie Kondo the heck out of your home and get rid of everything, there might be an even better way to save some of those old (yet still-loved) baby clothes.
Joanna Gaines, the celeb mom behind the hit HGTV show "Fixer Upper," shared the sweetest baby-clothing storage tip right before New Year's Eve, and it's got us all teary-eyed.
The mom of four kids, ages 7 to 11, captured her weeklong attic decluttering saga on Instagram. Using the stories feature on the social media platform, she captured the four compact cases she's packed with her favorite baby clothes and shoes for each child.
Nostalgic moms can take a page out of Gaines' book and turn a few important baby items into keepsakes, too. Place items you just can't seem to let go of, whether it's Baby's first shoes, the bow tie Baby wore to his first wedding or a hand-knit cardigan from the grandparents, into large makeup bags. This way, you'll restrict yourself to only what can fit into the case (because, no, you don't need to keep every onesie with a witty saying).
The home-improvement expert also added an extra-personal touch by including a handwritten and dated letter for each child.
"I wrote them a note for later in case they are sentimental like their mama," Gaines wrote on her Instagram stories.
These baby packs also hold another layer of meaning for Gaines, who rediscovered photos of her grandparents during her decluttering project. Gaines' grandparents had nine children and were married for 64 years.
"Reorganizing has been a bit of a chore but getting to go through my kid’s baby clothes, childhood keepsakes and old pics has been a nice walk down memory lane," she wrote on Instagram. "My grandmother had Alzheimer’s towards the end of her life and my grandad never left her side. ❤️"
(Yeah, we got goosebumps, too.)
The baby days might have passed, but for many moms, baby clothes are physical ties to early motherhood and are the last reminders of what it was like to hold their little ones. So, if you end up keeping a little more than a makeup bag's worth of clothes, we won't judge.
Instead, we'll throw in a few more tips: Try these six clever ways to upcycle baby clothes (like making a quilt or framing them). Or for things you're ready to let go of, here's how to cash in on all your kids' old stuff and find it a new home.