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13 Ideas to Get Rid of Kid Stuff

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?  

We all know how it goes – your little ones grow up, and suddenly you’re drowning in clothes, books, toys, you name it.

This article dives into 13 simple ways to sort it all out and get rid of all that stuff your kids don’t need anymore.

We’re talking about everything from passing things on to family, pals, local charities, and hey, even animal shelters, to making some cash by selling stuff on Craigslist, Facebook, and eBay.

And if you’re thinking of holding a garage sale, we’ve got some awesome tips to make it a hit.

Plus, we’ll show you how to navigate the world of consignment and resale shops.

It’s all about making decluttering kid stuff fun and easy, so you can free up some space and breathe a little easier!

Give It Away

Want the kid stuff you no longer want or need to leave in a nanosecond?  

Here are some super easy ways to make it happen in a snap!

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 things on to!

Need help organizing hand-me-downs? Read this post!

Friends

If you don’t have family members who can use the items, then see if a friend with younger children is interested.  

Post on Facebook to save time and you’ll soon be setting the bags of items on your front porch and watching them disappear in no time.

Local Charities

Easter Seals, Salvation Army, Purple Heart or other groups that will come to your home will appreciate a donation of children’s clothing, toys and furniture.  

Another resource to add to your donation routine is DonateStuff.com, a company that partners with local charitable organizations, to make donating your unwanted items really simple.

Simply log on and see when the truck will be in your area and schedule a pick up that’s most convenient for you.  

All organizations take items in good condition, but many will take clothing in not so hot condition (the fabric is recycled into new fabric) too.

Check to see if you have a similar option in your area.

Animal Shelters

Stuffed animals, blankets and towels are especially welcomed at animal shelters, so you can give the baby blankets and tattered baby towels a second chance for use.

Preschool or daycare centers

Refresh the preschool’s inventory of activities by donating puzzles, toys, games and books for other children to enjoy and clear out clutter from your home at the same time.

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 and they were truly thrilled not to have to spend money out of their own pocket to keep the store inventory stocked up.

Women’s and Homeless Shelters

Shelters will usually accept clothing for children and baby items.

Call before heading over with a carload since they may be inundated with items or especially be in need of particular items.

Sell It

The next method for decluttering unwanted children’s items from your home involves a return of cash to your pocket!

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 if the item is in good condition and can have a second life with another family.

Get a sense of what’s selling by checking out your preferred platform before trying to sell your items.

Places to Sell Kid Stuff

Craigslist

I’ve had fantastic luck selling toys, clothing and equipment my children have outgrown using Craigslist.

Not everyone is on Facebook, so don’t overlook this selling avenue.

Facebook

Facebook sale groups are forming every day, so do a search for groups in your area and post some items for sale.

Or post on Marketplace!

Garage Sales

Holding a garage sale most time and labor intensive option of the suggestions here for selling the kid items you no longer want or need.  

Make sure to watch this video before you decide to have a garage sale of your own!

Garage sales: Clutter buster or clutter magnet?

Consignment or Resale Shops

Resale Shops and consignment stores will accept items based on seasonal needs, so don’t take Winter items to the store during Spring.  

And also the resale shops can be pickier than buy/sell/trade groups on Facebook, so shop around and take items in for a quote.

You can earn more for a smaller selection of items than bags and bags of items, so be sure to take items to sell rather regularly rather than making it a once in a decade endeavor.

eBay

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), making it worth your while to consider selling on eBay.

Selling Items Quickly and For Top Dollar

As you can see, there’s a bunch of ways to sell your items.

Items sell for more and faster if they’re offered at the right time and priced well.

If you want your items to sell for top dollar, get this guide to help you every step of the way!

Keeping Sentimental Items

You’re probably thinking that you’re not quire ready to get rid of all of the unneeded kid items, especially the cute outfit your kiddo wore for that special occasion.

In that case, it’s more than fine to keep just a small amount of sentimental items for you and your children.

Organize it all in a memory box for them using this kit!

Just keep in mind that not everything can be super special and kept forever.

There’s just not room for that and your kids will absolutely not want their super stained baby bib, no matter how cute the embroidered message on it is.

Trust me!

Pare down what you’ll keep to just the essence because as your children grow, so too will the amount of meaningful items.

Over to you!

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 and future, and not be held down by items your family no longer needs.

Managing the ever-growing mountain of kid-related clutter doesn’t have to be a daunting task.

With these 13 creative and practical strategies, you can find a new home for your children’s outgrown items, declutter your space, and maybe even make some extra cash in the process.

Remember, it’s not just about getting rid of stuff; it’s about making room for new memories and experiences.

Whether you donate, sell, or recycle, you’re making a positive change for your family and potentially for others too.

So go ahead, tackle that clutter with confidence and enjoy the peace and extra space you create!

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