See what you should keep at home thinking about the next child and what not worth saving

Make no mistake about the size of the babies . Those who have children know well the enormous space they occupy at home. Suddenly your room gets a colorful EVA rug, full of toys scattered overhead. From one day to the other, your bathroom is too small with the bathtub always mounted and the stroller turns and fumbles to disturb the passage in the hallway. Not to mention the drawers full of tiny clothes, the dresser that needed to fit in the room (and also serves as an exchanger), the stuffed diapers that occupy a whole cabinet … 
Imagine, then, when the second is born.

Many fathers with plans to raise the family have doubts about what should be saved for the arrival of the next member of the clan, and they hesitate as to how best to organize all this – not to occupy a tremendous space, damage parts. Also, we need to consider how long the wait is worth … We talked to two personal organizers. Here’s what they said:

What goes and what stays
If you are planning to have another baby soon, then you must, first and foremost, select what is worth saving for the first child. Yes, it makes you want to stock up on everything – after all, each outfit is also a reminder of your baby – but it’s not necessary. “In addition to occupying a space that the person does not have, the child will gain a lot,” explains personal organizer Carol Rosa, of São Paulo (SP). A good time to have as reference is two years – if the next child will only come after that, exercise the detachment! “You really have to look at what’s worth saving – and remember that there are a lot of people who need it. What you will not use any more can be donated and help someone,” adds the personal organizer Juliana de Faria, from São Paulo, .

When it comes to clothes, Carol advises keeping the coolest pieces, such as heavy coats and party clothes – which are rarely worn. It may also be worth keeping more sturdy jeans and designer clothes that require investment. Little-used shoes, such as party shoes, can also stay, if they are in good condition.

Blankets and maternity outlets, which are more expensive items – and in the case of the second, rarely used – also deserve a place in the closet. The crib sheets are only worth saving if they are in great condition, which hardly happens, especially with the lining, which has to withstand many nocturnal accidents. Towels also wear out easily, so do not waste space with them. Among the toys, see what deserves to be kept as a keepsake for your child in the future. But be selective: this is an item that probably the next baby will also gain a lot!

Beware when saving

Often, some clothes are kept for years waiting for their next owner. Only, when they are finally rescued, they are stained and there is no way to take away the marks. “This happens a lot with coats and heavier parts, which are apparently clean. It is common to have worn a jacket on a trip, for example, and then store it without washing. Except that over time, these little dirt can turn into stains, “Carol explains. So the first step is to make sure that the parts to be preserved at home are well cleaned.

The next step is to separate them by age. “Sometimes people have a huge bag to store everything. And when the second child is born, they are too lazy to look at what they have there, “Carol explains. She tells us that sometimes the pieces that are stored so long that they end up forgotten and are recovered only later, when they no longer serve in the second (or third, or fourth …) child. That is: they were kept for nothing. So her advice is to separate the clothes into different bags, divided by ages: up to 3 months, 6 months, 1 year, 18 months and so on. This helps a lot, both when saving and how to use. One tip is to leave a box or an empty basket in the closet – so when you put your child on a piece and see that it is no longer serving, you can deposit it there, instead of returning it to the drawer. Later,

To store the pieces, you can use vacuum bags, which in addition to occupying less space also hinder the proliferation of fungi. Still, if you live in a very humid place, such as the coast, it is worth putting an anti-mold. You can find some in capsule form, filled with balls that swell when they absorb moisture. If vacuum bags do not fit your budget, fine. Take plastic bags thicker than grocery bags (because they are more resistant and less likely to tear) and close them well with crepe tape, taking out all the air. And do not forget the anti-mold.

The shoes are better organized in plastic boxes with side closures (preferably transparent ones, container type). It’s best to always pick those smaller than a very large, which will be difficult to accommodate at home – even because baby shoes do not take up so much space. Especially those of leather, which can not knead, otherwise deform, can be placed inside cloth bags, those of same shoe.

Afterwards, it is only to accommodate the bags and boxes in trunks, trunk or storage. The more out of sight, the better. After all, you will not use these items anytime soon …

What about the big pieces?

“Highchair, collapsible crib and stroller are the items that mothers most resist to send away, because they are expensive things,” explains Juliana. But there is not much to do. Unless you have room to store them – like a garage deposit or a room that is not being used – they will only take up space. If you still decide to keep them, the devices have to be washed very well, both the upholstery part and the plastic, and packed in bubble wrap. It is also advisable to place the anti-mold.

There is always the possibility of giving or selling. Also because the technologies surpass very fast and it may be that when their next child is born, they have already invented lighter strollers, more adaptable cribs and safer tubs.

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