Decluttering Baby Stuff! What to keep between babies, not sure if we're done & done!

Decluttering Baby Stuff! What to keep between babies, not sure if we're done & done!

Main Point: EVERYTHING we store (including baby things!) is INVENTORY that we have to manage!! Try & keep as little baby items, we’ll show you what Diana keeps from baby to baby.

Main Tip:
– If you didn’t use it, DON’T Pack it away
– Clothes: only keep a few favorites
– Baby stuff is incredibly cheap & easy to get & replace on Facebook Market Place, if you won’d definitely use it in the next year or two, consider parting with it now

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50 Comments

  1. Kim Taylor on December 3, 2021 at 1:47 pm

    I’m picky about the gear and clothes that I get, because it’s so hard to wash fabric softener smell out of clothes, and air freshener smell out of gear, and some baby gear has flame retardants, so I like to buy new and hang onto it. I just try to buy quality and not over-purchase. If it’s still in good shape for another baby, I hold onto it – I don’t care about style so much, and if something gets worn to the point of needing to be replaced, then I can buy something new.



  2. KT Papercraft on December 3, 2021 at 1:49 pm

    I gave the baby clothes to friends at church, it was so fun to see the cute clothes on other kiddos!



  3. Kaitlin Mannix on December 3, 2021 at 1:51 pm

    Literally just found your channel and I have a son named Gage and a daughter named Adeline. How crazy!!



  4. Jennifer M. on December 3, 2021 at 1:51 pm

    Also, baby gear expires (car seats), or the safety standards change (cribs). We had a very expensive Britax car seat which I kept in the hope of reselling it. In the end, it expired and it went directly into the dumpster. It would have been better for me to donate it to a mom in need while it still had a few years’ life left in it.



  5. Aleah de Gier on December 3, 2021 at 1:51 pm

    I had a vibrating bouncy seat, a bumbo, a stretchy wrap carrier, heavier carrier (from the thrift store!), muslins, handheld breast pump, playpen, jolly jumper, nursing pillow, stroller. If I can’t remember anything else, it must not have been important!



  6. Lori Betten on December 3, 2021 at 1:52 pm

    Diana you look so great!!



  7. Mistya Zaleski on December 3, 2021 at 1:53 pm

    Until my new baby is a year old he’s probably just going to wear his sister’s old clothes 😂. We got a few new outfits from friends/family and got rid of the most girly clothes but babies really don’t care what you put them in.



  8. Christiana on December 3, 2021 at 1:58 pm

    I love you ladies!!! I’d love to go through baby clothes with you. You both have such wonderful energy 💕💕

    The MamaRoo was a disappointment for us, too! We were gifted one but I wound up selling it on Facebook market when our second baby came along. Also I never used the Moby/ Boba fabric baby wrap carriers. They were just too hot and heavy for my climate.

    This is such a great topic, and I’ve felt a lot of turmoil about it because on the one hand, I’m not sure if we are done having kids yet (we have four, ages 6-0) but I have 8 bins of clothing/gear/shoes! I tried to go through it last weekend and was brought to tears because I was so overwhelmed, and holding every piece of clothing was like holding memories. I wound up stopping and putting everything back. I couldn’t decide what I should keep, how to separate it, and with 3 boys each less than 2 years apart it’s been like being able to shop our own inventory. The thought of giving it all up sent me into a bit of a panic. It’s actually comforting to me to know that you CAN store clothes as a family on a minimalist journey. And validating to see your process and realize— I can do it that way, too, and really pare down what I have stored. 💝



  9. Dustin & Melissa Hill on December 3, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    Thank you for this video! I have a 3 year old and we haven’t been able to have another. I’m 41 so it’s not as likely to happen and it’s been hard to know if I should keep all the baby stuff for “just in case”. After I watched this I started giving away and selling items.

    I love your videos!



  10. Lauren on December 3, 2021 at 2:00 pm

    If you have the room, saving baby clothes is so helpful. We have saved so much money because my sister saved me a lot of her baby clothes and kid clothes. I would say saving baby/kid clothes that are in good condition is one of the best things you can do. Honestly, baby clothes don’t really go out of fashion that fast… even up to 12 years for some things— especially sweaters, tops, sleepers and dresses.



  11. sheena dudik on December 3, 2021 at 2:01 pm

    My twin girls are 15 months old, born at 31 weeks, they were 4 lbs when they finally came home. I had lots of hand me downs from people and really dont know how much to save as i duno what only one baby needs and what if i had twins again (yikes). I had to exclusively pump( so i have so much pumping gear, still pumping) but would love to breast feed next time around.



  12. Susan Henshaw on December 3, 2021 at 2:05 pm

    You two (1/2) are so cute! Got questions: 🤔 Did/Do you keep memory boxes for each one of your kids?🤔 Do you and/or your husband’s have and baby mementos or toys to show your kids or give them for when they have their own someday?



  13. Wanda Xxx on December 3, 2021 at 2:06 pm

    I kept wooden toys, babys 1st doll, american girl dolls, one barbie I got at a yard sale with a belly that popped open and out popped the baby. My wee girl totally loved it. Btw she Never got upset over the thought of ripping a tummy apart to pull out a baby. She was in fits of giggles. Our daughter never got the privilege of a sibling which I now regret. I kept a special puppert, royal doulton plate and cup which I got new at a second hand shop , expensive. If I knew I would never move country, state and had more than one child I would of brought or made her a huge doll house that could be a book case later for her american girl dolls as a keep sake. Passed down



  14. Kristen Huckeba on December 3, 2021 at 2:06 pm

    I definitely need a video on what all to keep on hand when you become a foster family! Any foster moms out there have any advice? How many outfits per size do I need/do I keep baby toys, blankets, bottles/etc.? We just finished our last home study this week and I would like to be as prepared as possible. 🙂



  15. Kara Futch on December 3, 2021 at 2:08 pm

    So I totally needed this video! We are going to be fostering soon. We are also trying to minimize our home for all the good benefits!! We got to the clothing from our only and thought “what do we do with all this? How much do we keep?” Thinking about it as inventory truly cleared my mind, gave me the numbers of what to keep of each age, and was exactly what I needed!! Thank you! I’m gonna go get the baby clothing stuff done now! I’m so excited! Thank you 💜💜💜



  16. Mackenzie Mendoza on December 3, 2021 at 2:08 pm

    I’ve been saving everything from my son because a lot of family members are insisting that I need to keep it all for the next baby. We do want another baby or 2, but I’ve only saved NB – 6 months and it’s already taking up a lot of space. Not to mention the bouncer and swing and toys once he outgrows some of those. How do you pare it down without offending family who feel like you don’t value their advice or think you’re wasteful?



  17. Vanessa Smith on December 3, 2021 at 2:10 pm

    Swaddles were a must for me. Cute outfits, not so much.



  18. A Modern Centurion on December 3, 2021 at 2:11 pm

    I am so nervous to have a baby someday because of all of the stuff I know my in laws will (generously) want to buy, and I don’t know if they will understand/respect my desire to buy secondhand and used. I know I shouldn’t be worried about it yet, but it certainly is difficult not to be!



  19. Trina M on December 3, 2021 at 2:13 pm

    Now that we have decided we are done, I am getting rid of most of our daughters stuff. I am keeping 1 10gal tote of baby duplos bc they no longer make them and they are very expensive. And I have never met a kid who didnt like them :). 1 tote of absolute favorite toys. The favorite toys are a combination of mine from when I was a baby/toddler, ( I am in my 40s), my sons (he’s 24y now), and my daughters ( 5y ). Mine and my sons were also played w by my daughter. I am keeping 1tote of favorite outfits. The rest is being sold or donated. Right now we live in a 2500sf house w 3 huge storage spaces upstairs. If my storage situation changes, I would further reduce what I save.

    My must haves were cloth diapers, a rock n play and 1pc outfits w easy diaper access.



  20. Lindsay Ashton on December 3, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    I made my own Moby wrap (2 for like $22 in fabric). Hands down my favorite baby product ever!! I sleep trained my kids in that thing & it’s SO comfy when popping them in and out of it without all the straps & buckles of other carriers that me & my babies hated. Easy to wear (once you learn to tie) & easy to wash. I had them for 2 of my 6 kids but wish I’d had it for all of them. There’s a reason it’s so popular worldwide. My babies hated all those chairs, swings, seats too. They just want to be held close to mama. 💗 Only downside for me is that they’re really hot in the summer.

    Other than that, a crib & a car seat are all you really need for gear.

    My youngest is now 3 & it feels SO good to phase out all the baby stuff. Loving it!!



  21. Veronica S. on December 3, 2021 at 2:17 pm

    I cannot tell you how much I needed this video today! I’m going through baby clothes and feeling so overwhelmed. Thank you, you’re a constant source of inspiration 😊



  22. Sarah Nicholas on December 3, 2021 at 2:22 pm

    So glad I found this video! This is my current stage of minimalising. Boy, girl, boy and not sure if we are done. I have found white short sleeved vests (in the UK they are called body suits) have been used the most for all three kiddies.



  23. Creating Loveliness on December 3, 2021 at 2:22 pm

    Love to see the old family pictures!! Still having a hard time getting rid of babystuff though.. All the cute dresses of my daughter.. 🥰



  24. Julie on December 3, 2021 at 2:23 pm

    What a clutter-free baby room!
    What is a bumble, was it? Some kind of seat for baby? Our last baby was born in 2000 and our savior was a bouncy seat. We never had a play pen/ pack- n -play or a baby monitor and we didn’t even miss It! Be well, Diana & Dawn😍
    Oh! and don’t be like I was a collect those tubs until your kids are in their teens😂



  25. Kayla Fennern on December 3, 2021 at 2:24 pm

    I know it’s not very "minimalist," but my absolute #1 must-have baby item was a Baby Brezza formula maker. I have 18 month-old twins, and I did not breastfeed. Every time I meet someone expecting twins I tell them they absolutely need this modern miracle! Obviously if it works out for you to nurse then this wouldn’t apply, but even with a singleton if you’re going to be using formula I would recommend a Brezza. And they really hold their value. I bought one second-hand on FB Marketplace and sold it a year later for the same price I paid.
    My #2 must-have baby item is the Nose Frida. Seriously, you need this. I gift a Nose Frida at every baby shower I go to. We also used the Medi Frida a lot because my kids had several medications at the beginning, but I would say that one isn’t a necessity for most people.
    #3 must-have baby items are a white noise machine and black-out curtains.



  26. Astra Viil on December 3, 2021 at 2:25 pm

    Dear parents!

    When Your kids are very good behaviour all the time and always taking good care of their things, keeping their rooms very clean, loving their favorite things and want to make nice childhood collections of their things: books, clothes, toys, video games, clothes, DVDs and etc, then donataing is very wrong thing to do. If You have few space then storage boxes and shelves will help You out and Your kids will be very happy and thankful then, if they can keep their favourite things. Childhood things are very valuable and it is very sad, if they won’t see them anymore in their life. Every child should have the right to keep their things, if they can take good care of them all the time!!!

    Respectfully,
    Astra Viil



  27. PNW Flipper on December 3, 2021 at 2:25 pm

    When I had my first baby, a family friend gave me a box of 24 sleepers. He only wore size newborn for 14 days and he wore sleepers every day so he wore each one once and there were 10 he never wore. I washed and returned them in basically the same condition so my friend could pass them on again to someone else.



  28. Rochelle Davis on December 3, 2021 at 2:25 pm

    I’ve had 7 babies in 8 years. I usually pair down here and there, but keeping enough for both super cold and hot(we live in North Dakota, so pretty extreme seasons) has saved us so much money. I don’t mind keeping more than I think I’ll need because everyone of my babies has been different (even as toddlers, different body types wear things my others didn’t and use gear I didn’t think I’d ever use). So for us, keeping a lot more than I’d like has really been beneficial. But it won’t be forever either



  29. T2Motherhood on December 3, 2021 at 2:27 pm

    Great video! Doing some painting myself and I loved the gray wall color. Would you mind sharing?



  30. Sarah Jones on December 3, 2021 at 2:28 pm

    Mum of 3 girls – aged 5, 3 and 9 mths in Australia – my must have’s are Bonds suits (with the double zip), Love to Dream swaddles (again with a double zip), and a play mat with the toys hanging down 💕 Great video!



  31. K Johnson on December 3, 2021 at 2:28 pm

    My only child is 23 yo. I still have several fave outfits and toys….can’t seem to part with them🤷🏼‍♀️any advice? I’m tooo sentimental🤦🏼‍♀️



  32. Sarah Channel on December 3, 2021 at 2:28 pm

    both of you looks like a twin 💖💖💖💕



  33. Kira on December 3, 2021 at 2:29 pm

    I dont keep clothing even much between my 3 girls because I hate clutter. I keep the "keepsake" items and a few favorites. I always pass things on between kids…plus its so fun to shop!



  34. Holly T on December 3, 2021 at 2:30 pm

    Thanks!



  35. Chrisoula Lakkas on December 3, 2021 at 2:31 pm

    They can’t hurt you unless you let them, so don’t let them.



  36. Graceful Living Project on December 3, 2021 at 2:31 pm

    It’s so funny how all babies are different. We could only get our children to stay in swaddlers – they would bust out of muslin blankets no matter what we did! This video is great – thanks ladies!



  37. Amy Nelson on December 3, 2021 at 2:32 pm

    I have 4 kiddos (age 9 to 2) and we’re pretty sure we’re done having babies (I’m age 43). I’d like to just get rid of all the baby stuff, but I struggle with whether I should keep a few items from each child for sentimental reasons. There are a number of outfits, blankets, etc from my mom who passed away a few years ago, so I feel a little over-sentimental about the items from her. Any tips?



  38. Michelle3345 on December 3, 2021 at 2:33 pm

    What if it’s Covid and they shut down stores? Haha my sister was behind two sizes with her son because she didn’t want to store clothes. Because of style and things. (This is why I have a hard time getting rid of little human cloths)



  39. Karen Bishop on December 3, 2021 at 2:33 pm

    I had a surprise baby after getting rid of a bunch of baby stuff. I’m all about the Konmari method, but I do wish I had kept more. It just would have been nice not to worry about it and not to have the extra expenses. In small towns there aren’t as many second-hand options. However, I could have saved a lot less 0-6 month clothing and been fine. I’ve found that people love to gift tiny baby clothes, but the bigger size clothing is worth keeping in storage awhile.



  40. Rain on December 3, 2021 at 2:34 pm

    Congratulations on your 2nd!! 2 is crazy, I’m praying for you girl haha!! I love this video too, my 2nd is turning 1 in April and I’ve been pretty good about purging but the new items I never used were killing me and this makes me feel better!



  41. Erin Harrington on December 3, 2021 at 2:35 pm

    I have six kids (ages 1-7, including a set of twins). Because I have so much stuff, the thought of selling baby clothes online was overwhelming, so I just decided to donate instead. My mom tried to make me feel guilty for not trying to make a few extra bucks, but I don’t regret my decision because getting it out of my house quickly made me feel so much lighter!
    With every baby that comes along, I find I need fewer items. The best investment I ever made was a Bumbleride Indie Twin double stroller – I could talk all day about why I love mine…
    Dawn, if you’re reading this, I am so happy that I came across your channel when I did. You’ve inspired me to finally commit to some much needed decluttering, and it is already affecting so many aspects of my life. Thank you!



  42. Naomi Lindstedt on December 3, 2021 at 2:35 pm

    I got all the big things from a friend who had had two kids already (swing, bouncy seat, bumbo, high chair, exercauser) then we sent it back when we were done and she had a third. Then I got it all back for my second and we have sent it on to another friend and it’s currently with a 4th different friend! I bought car seats new and we got gifted a stroller (all in from siblings) and a playpen from grandparents (both of which I have sent on to new babies). Carriers are a must especially with a second. I think a comfy chair in the nursery, a carrier and muslin swaddle blankets are a must also a wet/dry bag. Has a spot for wet clothes or clothes with a zip on the front for a clean set of clothes and a cloth is a little clutch to stuff in the diaper bag or even your bag. I still have one in the car for my 4 year old.



  43. Jennifer Sanchez on December 3, 2021 at 2:37 pm

    Thank you



  44. The Farmista on December 3, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    That $20 baby carrier was my favorite too!



  45. Ch B on December 3, 2021 at 2:39 pm

    in 2011-2012 I had toddler sized clothes from year 2000 (they were hand-me-downs). the shapes were very different. t-shirts were much wider in the torso and the sleeves, though quite short. you could tell the clothes were not made this decade. I still used them, but they were not our favourites – very baggy on my slim kid. and if the kid was plumper, the t-shirts would be too short because bigger belly lifts the hem.



  46. susleonardson on December 3, 2021 at 2:42 pm

    Oh my gosh. I literally have a room in my house that is unusable right now because of all the kids clothes… We’re not planning on any more kids but I’ve been hanging on to them anyway for my in-laws who might have kids but not even in their foreseeable future yet… What am I doing?!

    After watching this video I feel like I can let it go and release that stress.



  47. Maria Calbimonte on December 3, 2021 at 2:43 pm

    I didn’t like tom at the beggining when I subscribed I thought he was kind of negative … but I understand his sense of humor now and I love you all! haha u ur sister you guys are so great and he is such a good husband that makes all ur projects and he is really good.
    My husband actually watches some of ur videos since I introduced him to tom he speaks his language thank you for inspiring us in a realistic way for families ❤❤❤❤



  48. NLY1WAY 4U on December 3, 2021 at 2:44 pm

    First I kept lots, even snippets of shower paper and I do not scrapbook. Minimized and then saved a couple sleepers, and church dedication outfit. So many step up and share when another baby comes along, just as I did with mine!



  49. E R on December 3, 2021 at 2:45 pm

    I wasn’t minimalist when I had my babies, but I did hate all the stuff cluttering up the place! The big baby gear I’d recommend is a rocking chair that is tall enough to lay your head back on, a crib, a moses basket bassinet, a carseat, a stroller, and a high chair. And, if your baby is like my first, a carrier. But my second and third babies did not like them. And because we live in the country and I don’t take the bus or public transport, I just used a stroller unless we were visiting the city. (and the double-wide stroller for older baby plus older kid is WONDERFUL for forest walks and the park)

    No swing or bumbo or jumparoo or whatnot. I found that the babies wanted to roll around on the floor (thick blanket) and wiggle their fingers. If we were somewhere for a day and I wasn’t sure about the baby-proofing or cleanliness of the floor, I had the Moses basket bassinet anyway to keep the sleep environment similar, so I could stick the baby in there to play.

    My super-organized sister in law showed me how to mark boxes with the age and throw the good clothes back in the correct box and go up a size. I called the basement "the store", as in "I’m going shopping for new baby clothes! See you in a minute!" Then as the baby grows into the next size, I’d rummage through, take the ones that were good for that baby, and leave the rest in the box. I tried to stay somewhat gender-neutral for clothes, and also I don’t mind a boy in pink or a girl in orange, so it wasn’t a problem for me. My kids were all different widths and lengths and temperments, so I’m glad I kept the assortment without trying to pare down. I didn’t put it all in their drawers, the extra just went back to the basement, so it really didn’t bother me. Like you say, why try to go through things and declutter if it wasn’t stressing me out because it was already organized.

    It was fun to donate the boxes as my youngest grew out of them and watch the basement grow in size, though! (but now I have my "shoe store", labelled by size and on a stack of shelves in the basement… it’s only for now, and seeing them all out makes sure that I can buy ahead when I see a good one at the thrift store, and helps not get duplicates)



  50. Ch B on December 3, 2021 at 2:46 pm

    I used to buy "gender-neutral" clothes for my girl, so if I had a boy or my sister had a boy we could use those things for him too. like pants with no ruffles, t-shirts without sequins etc.
    don’t worry, relatives were gifting her enough "girly" clothes. there was no lack of glittery skirts and ruffled dresses.