Getting organized before your baby's arrival is surprisingly easy and will help you to remain stress-free during those first precious weeks with your new arrival.
When it comes to welcoming a new baby into your home, you're going to want to consider the whole house, not just the nursery. But fear not! We're here to take you through making your house baby-ready in a simple and digestible way. Not only will your home be ready for your little one, but you'll have totally revamped your home into a living space that feels new, fresh, spacious, and ready to house a family.
In this post, we're going to look at how to get your whole house ready for a baby in 19 simple steps.
If you want to organize your home for a new baby, you're going to have to start thinking like a minimalist. Having a clear-out is one of the best things you can do to prep your house for your baby's arrival. Go through each room of your home and make 'keep, donate, and sell' piles. Be brutal.
Not only is this baby going to require lots of space for everything that they're going to be bringing with them, but fewer 'things' means less to tidy up! And having a house that's easy to tidy means that you can spend even more time with your precious newborn without being distracted by the housework that needs doing.
Here's a step-by-step way to tackle the clutter in your home:
● Start with the bathroom
● Kitchen drawers
● Clothes, shoes, bags, accessories
● Children's rooms (if you already have children)
● General clutter (ornaments, unused objects, etc)
● Garage and other storage spaces
2. Deep cleaning your home
Cleaning out the clutter is also an excellent opportunity to give your house the deep clean that it's been calling out for. The great thing about doing this as you declutter is that it will break it into manageable chunks that you can start and finish in a short amount of time. For example, instead of deciding to deep clean the entire house in one day, you can declutter and deep clean the bathroom over the space of a couple of days (or even a whole week!).
The key to keeping it manageable is taking your time and separating your home into areas that can be decluttered and cleaned one at a time.
It's best to use natural cleaning products as regular products often contain chemicals that pose a risk to you and your unborn baby. If you're ever in doubt, stick to baking soda and a little white vinegar, mixed with lots of water and a few drops of essential oils to make it smell nice.
3. Organize your clothes
During the postpartum period, you're going to be stuck between maternity clothes and pre-pregnancy clothes that no longer fit. For some, not fitting into a wardrobe full of beautiful pre-pregnancy clothes can be a bit disheartening.
The best way to prepare for that is to pick a section in your closet to group all the clothes you will be wearing and set aside the clothes you're unlikely to be able to fit into for the first few weeks or months after birth
There's more choice than ever before when it comes to postpartum and nursing clothes, so find some pieces that you love and that make you feel great - then fill your wardrobe with these!
4. Tackle the fridge
Depending on how often you go through your fridge for expired food, this task could range from a 5-minute clean to a 1-hour deep clean. Creating space in and organizing the food in your fridge will give you one less thing to think about when your sole job becomes being a mom.
We recommend creating lots of space in your freezer so that you can prepare lots of easy-to-reheat meals in advance.
5. Food prep
In the final month before your baby arrives, it's a good idea to get cooking! Having a selection of healthy meals readily available before baby comes will save you a lot of time and energy. And as well as that, you're less likely to grab a quick dinner that lacks nourishment. Check out this article "25 Yummy freezer meals to Make Before Baby Comes" by The Postpartum Party, which will give you some great ideas.
If friends and family are asking how they can help you in the lead-up to the arrival of your baby, why not ask them to prepare you a couple of home-cooked meals that can be frozen? This is also the kind of help that you'll appreciate from people throughout the first year (or several…) of your baby's life.
While your baby is still very small, it's not particularly necessary to babyproof the entire house. Though you may want to consider what will need babyproofing when your little one becomes a curious crawler. Here are a few things that you might want to start taking note of around your house.
● Long blind/curtain cords
● Open sockets
● Sharp corners - think tables and fireplaces
● Drawers - you may just want to rearrange your storage spaces to ensure that dangerous objects are kept out of reach.
● Fragile objects and ornaments
As your baby starts to explore, you'll quickly see the areas of your house that need to be baby-proofed. While some babies tend to stick to mom, others will be diving into every corner, cupboard, and crevice that they can find!