These are the books every child should own. And never throw away.

In a world where everyone declutters madly and things are thrown out as soon as they’re not cool anymore, it can be hard to decide whether you should be keeping all those bloody kids’ toys that are currently filling up the cupboards of your spare bedrooms.

Really hard.

So, on the latest episode of This Glorious Mess, our parenting podcast with Andrew Daddo and Holly Wainwright, we decided to ask our brains trust (read: you) what we should not be konmari-ing and keeping for those potential grandkids.

Here’s what you said:

And there were a few surprises amongst them.

Like the fact that you should probably be keeping all that Lego that you’re stepping on at night. Sure, it’s plastic, but it’s expensive plastic. Apparently, you should also be holding onto your grubby old teddy bears. Wack them in suction bags and store them away.

But the main thing you should be keeping is books.

Take a look through the books the Mamamia team would keep:


These things never date. From Dr. Seuss to your favourite picture books (Poss Magic anyone?), they are easily stored and are beautiful gifts for the next generation. One of our favourite stories came from our Facebook page which said:

I boxed and stored my children’s favourite books. I also included a letter to my children about how special these books were to us as a family and information about everyone’s favourites and a few funny memories. I gave the box back to my children to open together when we were expecting our first grandchild 5 years ago. It was so beautiful to revisit these stories together years later and to read the letter. We also saved the kids old matchbox cars. Our grandchildren love the history of all of these items. – Andrews Lee

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Are you keeping anything?