Believe it or not, even Joanna Gaines has an out-of-control attic, packed to the hilts with old family photos, antiques, and more kids’ clothes than you can ever imagine. Well, at least until recently. As the Fixer Upper star and decor maven shared on Instagram over the weekend, she recently embarked on a week-long purge of her attic (which, yes, is covered in gorgeous shiplap) in hopes of heading into 2018 a little bit lighter.
And like all of us, she found herself getting all sorts of sentimental while discovering treasured keepsakes she hadn’t looked at in years.
“I’ve been cleaning out my attic all week and am still knee deep in organizing and purging,” she shared on Instagram Sunday. “Reorganizing has been a bit of a chore but getting to go through my kid’s baby clothes, childhood keepsakes and old pics has been a nice walk down memory lane. Just found these two pictures of my grandparents … He was Lebanese and she was German, they had nine children and were married for 64 years. My grandmother had Alzheimer’s towards the end of her life and my grandad never left her side.”
Gaines shared updates on the great attic purge in her Instagram Stories throughout the weekend. And while it was kind of refreshing to see her attic was a bit hoardery (just like ours), it was also really touching to get a glimpse at some of the things she’s been hanging on to for years for all sorts of sentimental reasons.
Turns out, the Waco, Texas mama has just as much trouble parting with all her kids’ adorable baby clothes as the rest of us. But because she’s Joanna Gaines, she also had one clever way of whittling them down to her favorites and packing them away for the future: by creating individual memory kits for each child.
In her IG story, Gaines shared a snapshot of her finished work: four plastic storage bags — one for each kid — with a small collection of their baby clothes inside, and a handwritten note from Mom.
The simple, yet clever keepsake idea went instantly viral with fans chiming in all over Instagram thanking Gaines for the great idea.
“I am brought to tears,” wrote one user. “What an amazing idea that I will have to do myself for my girls.”
Gaines has four children with her husband Chip, everyone’s favorite “Demo Day”-loving dad — 11-year-old Drake, 9-year-old Ella Rose, 8-year-old Duke, and 7-year-old Emmie Kay. And if you’ve ever sat around all day and binge-watched an entire season of Fixer Upper (guilty as charged), then you’ve probably caught a glimpse of their adorable kids, who frequently come by their parents’ latest home renovation sites to say hello or lend a hand.
Fans of the show know all too well that family comes first for Chip and Joanna, who raise their brood of four on a ranch in Waco, Texas along with plenty of chickens, goats, and puppies. They’ve also opened up a lot over the years about their differing parenting styles, which somehow manage to meet in the middle.
“It’s funny, I’m a little more laid back than I thought I’d be,” Joanna told People in late 2016. “[There are] certain things that I really care about, but I think the funny part, with Chip, is just the video games, the TV. That’s where he kinda gets a little strict. It’s, ‘You go play outside.’ ”
“I think I’m like, a quarter Amish,” Chip added, with a laugh. “I’ve got some glitch in me [where] I don’t like normal technological advances.”
“I don’t even know what’s gonna happen when the girls start asking to wear makeup,” Joanna continued, “but we keep telling our kids they don’t get a phone until they go off to college.”