Kelly Ripa recently confessed one of her biggest challenges in motherhood -- hoarding her kids' stuff. The 43-year-old mom to three, Michael, 17, Lola, 13, and Joaquin, 11, told Vanity Fair that she's living a "bit of a nightmare" moving out of the family's NYC apartment. It seems as though she and her hubby Mark Consuelos have a hard time agreeing on what exactly they should keep when it comes to their kids' stuff.
"Mark likes to throw everything away, and I want to save everything for when the kids are older one day," she said. "So, you know, they have their things, like their first report card, so it’s a constant struggle as to what we should toss versus what we should save."
The Live With Kelly & Michael host continued, "For some reason, I have a crib and a stroller and a Pack 'n Play, and a little kitchen."
Reminder: Her youngest child is now 11 years old. Moving on ...
She did try to justify her epic hoarding by saying that their friends' kids love to come over and play with the baby toys. She said, "Right now, basically, David Burtka and Neil Patrick Harris' kids come over and play with everything ... like, that’s what it’s there for, just to get them to bring the kids over."
That's not a legitimate excuse to keep a crib around, Kelly.
Seriously, there's a difference between keeping momentos, and absolutely refusing to part with any of your childrens' things. Especially in this wonderful modern age of technology we live in -- take a picture, make a run to Goodwill, and call it a day already.
I think I sort of have the opposite issue with my kids. I'm constantly trying to sneak things out that they've outgrown. The problem is that they seem to be pretty normal kids, in that they're overly sentimental toward things they played with at a much younger age. And clothes? Fuhgeddaboudit. If it touched their body at some point in time, and wasn't evil and scratchy, it is basically a treasured lovey.
Sometimes you have to get tough to beat the clutter. I'd be willing to come help Kelly decide which items are important enough to keep, and which she should toss -- for the small fee of introducing me to Neil Patrick Harris, of course.
Are you a hoarder or a tosser when it comes to your kids' old stuff?
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