You’ve decided that your family is complete. Now what to do with all of the kid stuff you’ve been saving just in case?
If you don’t want to get rid of everything, I suggest keeping a few sentimental items (or pictures of those sentimental items) and then passing along the rest to others who may need or want the items by giving or selling the items.
But what to do with everything? A few suggestions for you and thirteen different ways to get rid of kid stuff:
Option One: Give Kid Stuff Away
Want the stuff to leave in a nanosecond? Here are some super easy ways to make it happen in a snap!
1. Family – Family members appreciate when quality items are passed along as hand-me-downs. My boys love getting clothes, books and even shoes from their older cousins. My brother and his wife had another baby and that baby is now three, about 5 years younger than my youngest, so we now have someone to pass thing on to.
2. Friends – If you don’t have family members who can use the items, then see if a friend with younger children is interested. Post of Facebook to save time!
3. Easter Seals, Salvation Army, Purple Heart or other groups that will come to your home. Go to DonateStuff.com to schedule pickup. All organizations take items in good condition, but The City Mission (in the Cleveland, Ohio area) will take clothing in not so hot condition (the fabric is recycled into new fabric).
4. Animal Shelters – Stuffed animals, blankets and towels are especially welcomed.
5. Preschool or daycare centers – Refresh the preschool’s inventory of activities by donating puzzles, toys, games and books for other children to enjoy.
6. Schools – Similarly, certain toys, puzzles and games can be donated to schools, especially for use during indoor recess. Some of my kids’ teachers have had an incentive system that used a class store. I’ve donated small items in good condition (fast food toys, stickers, left over birthday party loot bag fillers) to the class store for my child’s teacher.
7. Women’s Shelters will usually accept clothing for children and baby items.
8. Homeless shelters also can use items for babies and children.
Option Two: Sell Kid Stuff
Want to make a little moola from your kid stuff? Great. Now keep in mind, selling the items may take longer to leave your home than if you give them away. But it may make sense in a lot of cases because kids are so expensive!
9. Craigslist – I’ve had fantastic luck selling toys, clothing and equipment my children have outgrown using Craigslist.
10. Facebook sale groups are forming every day, so do a search for groups in your area and post some items for sale. Need help figuring out how to do this? I have a guide for that!
11. Garage Sale – This is probably the most labor intensive option. Make sure to watch this before you decide to have a garage sale of your own!
12. Children’s consignment stores – They will accept items based on seasonal needs, so don’t take Winter items to the store during Spring. And also the store can be pickier than buy/sell/trade groups on Facebook.
13. eBay is great for getting rid of single items or larger lots that are easy to ship. Unique or hard to find items can sell at premium prices (think retired Harry Potter Legos and much more!).
Bottom line: Don’t hang on to kid stuff you won’t be using. Get it out of your home so you can focus on the present & future.
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