Kelly Ripa Is Such a Hoarder She Still Has Her 11-Year-Old's Crib

Kelly RipaKelly 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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Smoke... Smokeygirl

Eh, my mom and aunts saved a bunch of our stuff (crib/highchair/toys) for the grandkids and now we all get to have our children use our old things. It's nice.

Prett... PrettyWings29

She's got the space to store it and other kids still use it....this is a non-issue. 

nonmember avatar Madison

I had no idea how much of our childhood things my mother saved until my sister had her first child. My niece spent the first four months sleeping in the bassinet we slept in (new mattress of course), she'll grow up with some of the same lovies whose fur we gummed off as babies, and she came home from the hospital in March in the sweater that was originally knit for me but was too warm for this July baby.

She's worn lots of vintage since then. Mostly because that stuff is still of excellent quality and holds up after all this time.

I don't see what Kelly's doing is necessarily "hording." I think she, like a lot of mothers, is thinking ahead. Family heirlooms become heirlooms because of mothers like Kelly and my own, so TheStir really needs to let this one go.

JS0512 JS0512

I still had my daughter's crib 10 years after she used it.  Came in handy for the next baby, as did all the baby clothes I had saved.  My brother still has his son's crib and he just turned 18.  They breakdown flat and are easy to store in rafters.  Some parents have a hard time getting rid of the baby things and I don't see anything wrong with that.  This is such a non-issue I can't believe it's getting screen time (and that I bothered to read it).

aeneva aeneva

My children slept in the bassinet my husband and his 3 younger siblings slept in because my MIL "hoarded" it.  If she has the room then leave her alone.

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