Some parents like to keep baby clothes from their first child as hand-me-downs if they're planning to have a second child later. If this sounds like you, you might want to keep the baby clothes in a storage unit to free up room in your home Here are five tips for doing this successfully.
1. Keep them organized by age
Sometimes the sizes on the label lie. Or they just aren't quite right for your baby. So instead of organizing the clothes based on the size on the label, keep track of them based on how old your baby was when he or she wore them. This way, when your next little one comes along, you can just pull out the bin of clothes that matches that age.
2. Package woolens individually
Any clothing that has a component made from natural animal fibers (such as wool) is susceptible to damage by clothing moths. Check the tags of knits and outerwear to see if there's any wool content. If there is, keep these items in an airtight bag to prevent moth intrusion. Then put the bag inside the appropriate box.
3. Keep a hygrometer in the unit
If you live in a very humid area, you might want to choose a climate-controlled storage unit, such as at East "O" Street Self Storage LLC, for your baby clothes. If you choose a non-climate-controlled unit, you'll want to keep a thermometer and hygrometer inside to monitor the temperature and humidity levels. Humidity levels are important because high humidity can encourage mildew and mold, which could make the clothes unusable.
4. Only keep the best baby clothes
No matter how adorable it is, you won't want to use that onesie for your next kid if it's got a stain down the front. Try to be objective when packing and think of whether you'll actually want to use each item again. The clothes that you didn't use often because they're difficult to fasten, as well as the ones that aren't in good condition anymore because they were worn so often, should be replaced.
5. Favor gender neutral colors
Even if you are planning on having another kid in a few years, you can't know for sure if it will be a boy or a girl. And if it's a little girl, she probably won't appreciate being dressed in truck prints throughout her entire infancy. So any clothes that you do decide to put into storage should have a hefty representation of gender neutral colors. This will allow you to get some use out of your packed-up baby clothes even if you do end up with a baby of the opposite gender.
These five tips will help you keep your baby clothes safely packaged up so they're ready to go when you're expecting your next little one.