I put his newer, bigger clothes to wash, put him to sleep and sorted through all of it. There was a pile I would keep, for future children as well as my future nieces/nephews etc. There was a pile for donation, and a third pile that included items with stains that wouldn't wash away (READ: Poo).
I tried to be cut throat, donating as much as I could. But everytime I picked up something I would be reminded of when he wore it and I found myself saying things like "Oh but that's his first ever jumper.. I can't give that away!"
Soon the Keeping pile was large, the Donation pile miserable and the Throwing Out pile non existent. This was not going as planned. So I sat there feeling defeated and literally Googled "I can't throw away my baby's clothing". I was directed to a bunch of links and laughed to myself. Just as I was about to put my phone down and go back to what I was doing, the 2nd link caught my eye. It talked about simplifying a home.
I realised that while I could point to anything in this house and have a memory of it that I hold dearly in my heart, it is not the item that makes me smile. But the people. I could keep all of Mason's clothing and still, the best parts of him would not be the ones tucked away in a drawer, but the real life moments that he shares with me everyday. They do not live in his very first jumper, or the socks he wore on his first airplane ride.. They live within him and within my heart and within these walls that I am so grateful for everyday.
2014 is the year of cleansing and decluttering! I plan to declutter each room of the house by the end of the year and rethink the way we purchase things. How do you keep clutter from taking over in your home?