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Children grow very quickly, and as they do, they’re going to grow out of the toys they used to love playing with and the clothes you used to love seeing them in. And one day you’re going to realise that your child’s toy box and wardrobe are filled to the brim with items they simply cannot use anymore! So what can you do with things your child outgrows?
And when you’re in that situation, it can be hard to decide what to do next. After all, you spent a lot of money on these things – you wouldn’t want to just throw them away! So, with that in mind, here are some great ideas for making practical use of your child’s old things; if you’re in need of inspiration, look no further.
Of course, the first thing to do is donate any and all of your child’s old possessions that are still in good condition. Throw away anything that has been heavily worn or played with, but send the lightly used stuff to a charity or thrift store, especially if the toy was quite pricey in the first place!
There are plenty of online platforms you could sell old items on as well, if they’re in good condition and you know another mum out there could use them. Websites like Depop or Vinted, and even Ebay, are quite popular right now (for both clothes and toys), so you’re most likely to get good traffic on your items there.
Keep it for Them
Keeping items for your kids might seem counterproductive to what you’re trying to achieve here, but some old clothes and toys are still important to your child, even if they don’t use them anymore. Kids have a lot of feelings, and when they see you pulling out some old toys they once loved and just throwing them in the bin or in a donation box, it might make them feel quite sad.
So instead, keep them for your child, as they’ll treasure these elements of their childhood one day in the future! You can get them a keepsake box to put all of these special, old items in, and then slot it under their bed or put it in the attic for safekeeping. Then, when your child is 18 or older, pull it out again and remind them of what they used to love!
Repurpose a Few Things
Old clothes can be turned into a patchwork blanket, and your child could use them to keep warm at night. You could use them to upholster some furniture, like the desk chair in your child’s room. You could even use them to make fancy, vintage looking storage boxes. All in all, there’s a lot you can do with repurposing – it just takes a bit of skill!
If your child has recently outgrown a lot of their possessions, and they desperately need some room in their wardrobe or toy box, make sure your child has no more use of them, and then declutter in the right way.
How do you decide what to do with things your child outgrows?