N.W. asks from Rockville, MD on October 22, 2008
Tips for Storing Baby Clothes
I am a first time mom and am wondering how other parents are storing outgrown clothes. My son is 9-months old. I already have about 10 storage bins full of clothes from newborn-8 months. Have other moms use or recommend using those "spacebags"? If so, which ones work the best - the one you have to vacuum suction or the other one where you just press and roll out the air. Any other tips on storing clothes would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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So What Happened?™
Thanks for the great feedback. I should note here that we are planning on having more children so getting rid of some clothes is not an option right now. Also, I guess I have a lot of bins (size of sweater boxes) because I separated them into ages and type (ex. 0-3 months onesies/sleepers, 3-6months pants/tops, etc). Again, thanks for the feedback. I guess I have some re-sorting to do. :-)
S.H. answers from Washington DC on October 23, 2008
I only kept the ones that were sentimental, like the outfit he came in and others that were special. You don't want to keep them all or you will end up with no room. You can always give to someone that really needs them and doesn't have the money. You can also have a garage sale and offer them that way. I do have some of his clothes from a baby that I kept but I didn't keep them all. There really isn 't any point. My MIL kept a few of my husbands clothes and gave them to us when my son was born but they were old and the elastic didn't work anymore. They really for looks when they kept that long so I only kept a few things. Good Luck on what you decide.
T.C. answers from Dover on October 23, 2008
Since I buy diapers in bulk in cardboard boxes, I just keep the boxes to store outgrown clothes. I only keep the most favorite outfits, seal up the boxes with packing tape and put huge labels on them to find them easily when I might need them again.
J.Z. answers from Washington DC on October 22, 2008
I have 5 children so I'm consistantly recycling clothing and saving the older children's clothing for the younger ones. I have never used spacesaver bags. I found spending money of those types of products really don't benefit my family. Plastic Bins have been the best for us. If your running out of room, I suggest asking a family friend if you could store a bin or two at there house. I have done clothing exchanges with friends and family to keep having to store clothing. Hope that helps
A.D. answers from Washington DC on October 23, 2008
Hey! What I did was give away the outfits that I didn't absolutely love and put the rest in a space bag. I use the ones that get vacuumed out and I found they work well. They totally took up less space. My mom loves buying baby clothes so I know that all our next children will get the favorites from our first and whatever new things are bought. Good luck!
K.F. answers from Washington DC on October 22, 2008
I don't know about 'spacebags,' but if you are saving clothes to pass down to future children, I would recommend either the plastic bins for under the bed, closet, or garage, or possibly buy a pretty storage trunk as a table/headboard/etc that has hidden storage - I have seen tons of ottomans, coffee tables, bed-ends, headboards, etc that provide storage in plain sight. You can even get creative with it - I have fake books that are on my tv stand that can hold jewelry, etc...and a nice seagrass trunk in the corner of my room that keeps all my hair supplies/makeup/costume jewelry, etc and would be perfect for storing clothes - and it looks good too!!
V.M. answers from Norfolk on October 23, 2008
I initially was using storage bins but found them to be expensive and took up a lot of space - I actually like the spacesaver bags and have switched over to them for storing my babies clothes. I purchased my bags at WalMart (but have also seen them at Bed Bath and Beyond). I defintely recommend the ones that you use the vacuum to suck the air out. I have been very happy with them, less space and not as easy for bugs to get in since it is air tight. You will know right away if you did it right because if it is not air tight the bag begins to expand slightly.
T.G. answers from Washington DC on October 23, 2008
I used both the storage bins and the suction bags. I was able to fit more into the storage bins after I suctioned them into the bags. I feel like the clothes are double protected from outside concerns - attic or shed storing can be iffy. I also recommend going through your stash and getting rid of anything with a stain on it or something you weren't exactly in love with. A lot of my friends sell their overflow of clothes on Ebay or donate them to local charities - both would be beneficial since everyone is so concerned with saving money now.
Hope this helps!
N.F. answers from Washington DC on October 23, 2008
I have 3 girls, so I've always stored everything. I love the spacebags; they are much more practical than bins. If you have a membership to some warehouse,like Costco, the large sets are very reasonable...much more than you would get from an infomercial.
T.W. answers from Washington DC on October 23, 2008
We used the vaccum bags and all was great.... until we moved and the bags were punctured. So this time I still used the vaccum bags but I put them in a box for safeguard. We store clothes by season instead of size. That way the clothes are all in the same place when I need them. All so I am not sure but 10 storage bags for 1 child seems to be alot so maybe keep what you know you could use again not just everything. Either way, saving things for future children has saved tons of money and time so Congrats on that.