Whenever there’s a change in our lives, this can bring about situational disorganization. The birth of a new baby certainly brings about a lot of change in a household, and a new little one’s needs and schedule can certainly lead to disorganization. Organizing your home for a new baby before the baby arrives will help lower your stress level when caring for an infant.
Declutter to make space for the new baby.
If you are converting a former spare room, office, guest room or other area to the nursery, everything in that room will need to be sorted, evaluated, and decisions will need to be made on whether or to keep, donate, sell or toss these items. Declutter other rooms as well, a baby will need his or her belongings in just about every area of the home.
Create a sleeping area.
This may be in the parents’ bedroom or in the baby’s nursery, but clearing a space for a crib or basinet and space for the baby’s bed linens will be necessary.
Set-up a diapering area.
A changing table or area will be needed, in addition to a place to hold supplies such as diapers and baby wipes. Boxes of diapers can quickly take up space, so clear a closet or other storage area in advance. You will also want a trash can for disposable diapers, a location for new trash bags, and a routine for discarding diapers. If using cloth diapers, you will want places for the diapers to be stored and laundered, and a routine for laundering the diapers.
Arrange a clothing storage area in a closet or dresser.
Babies use and receive a lot of clothing in various sizes, so it is important to sort and store your baby’s clothing by size. Use closet divider labels, labeled bins, or drawers for each size or season.
Organize a laundering area.
Babies generate a lot of laundry. Devise a system for washing and putting away the baby’s clothing and linens. Laundry baskets near the changing table, and an area set aside for folding and sorting clothing is needed.
Set-up kitchen storage.
If using bottles, clear a shelf or two in a cabinet to hold bottles and all parts. Create room in cabinets and drawers for baby safe cups, bowls and utensils. If formula feeding, create storage space in a kitchen cabinet or pantry to store baby formula cans. Arrange a way to wash bottles and accessories so they do not get lost, such as using a bottle drying rack.
Make space for play.
Declutter living rooms, bonus rooms or play rooms to make space for toys, books, bouncers, jumpers, play yards and more.
Organize the bathroom.
Create storage for baby bath toys, soaps, shampoos and grooming supplies. Make room in a linen closet for the baby’s towels and wash cloths.
Baby proof your home.
Baby proof cabinet doors, outlets, etc. to make the home as safe as possible for your child. Determine where you’ll place baby gates, and how you’ll corral pets, if needed, when the newborn first arrives.
Prepare your vehicle.
Declutter your vehicle to make room for a car seat, diaper bag and stroller. Consider how you’ll move the car seat and stroller in and out of your vehicle, and determine a place to store these items when not in use such as in a garage or mud room.
Create files for your baby’s medical records.
You will be receiving lots of information from doctors during check-ups. Set up a storage place for this information such as a file system or binder.
Start a keepsake storage place.
Set up boxes or bins in a closet or other area to store your baby’s keepsakes.
As you can tell, babies need lots of stuff and that stuff needs a lot of space! Declutter, organize, and set up systems now to make your life easier when the newborn arrives.