How to Declutter and Make Way for a Newborn
1 April 2020
Becoming a parent is an exciting time in many people's lives, however, it can get daunting when you feel unprepared and as if you still have a mountain of things to do before the new baby arrives. Spending time with our partner or loved ones before the baby comes is an important thing to do and, luckily for you, one of the greatest bonding experiences you can do together is making sure that your home is ready to welcome in the new one
Prepare the space
The first thing to do is to make sure that you have enough space for your newborn. If you have space for a nursery, then take out some time to empty the room and give it a proper clean. This will also help you envision how you want the space to look and feel. Take note of anything that needs to be repaired: i.e: are the windows working? Do you need to add blinds or curtains? Once you have the basics of the room sorted, now is the time to start planning.
A great thing to do if you’re a first-time parent is to look at baby blogs or ask family what the important things are that you need for your baby. It is easy to get overwhelmed when buying baby items and you might end up buying things that you don't need. Knowing what is needed will not only save you time and money but will make putting together a baby list as easy as possible.
Make a list
Write down a list of everything you would need, from furniture for the nursery to smaller things like cotton swabs. You can give this list to anyone who asks or whoever is planning your shower. An easy way to keep track of everything is to make an online sheet that can be shared with family or friends. That way, when someone gets you a gift, it can easily be removed off the list and updated automatically so that you don't get any doubles.
Baby proof the home
Luckily for you, you only really need to worry about ‘baby-proofing’ the home once your baby can crawl. However, time goes by so fast that we’re sure the last thing you want to do is to declutter instead of spending time with the baby. Get a head-start by getting all of the baby-proof equipment you might need for cabinets, draws and cupboards close to the ground. Also, remember to tie up all cords and cover open wall sockets to minimize the risk of injury.
Clean it out
For someone so small, babies sure do need a lot of things. Make sure that you have enough space for all of the adorable new things by decluttering your space. Work through each room with your partner or with the help of some friends and make a ‘toss, keep and donate’ pile with items from each room. You’ll be surprised at how many things you find you no longer need or use. Plus, donating some pre-loved homeware will also give you a sense of calm and ease, adding some positive energy into your space.
Think about what you use
Remember that you might need a crib and maybe even a bassinet in another room of your home for the first few months. Especially if your room is further away from the nursery. Before buying a bassinet, make sure that you have space in your home to easily move it around. If you have any bulky furniture or items that seem to be taking up space, then it might be worthwhile to put them in storage. This will not only give you a more calming environment but also means that you have fewer things to clean, neaten up and dust. If you do find that you need to move some items around out of your home, then why not have a look at our storage options at Rent-a-Store? By renting a unit with us, you’ll get peace of mind knowing that your excess furniture or even out-of-season clothing is safe and secure for as long as you require.