If you're a mom-to-be, one of the things on your mind is probably how to declutter and get your home in shape before the baby arrives. You want to make sure that there's plenty of space for your little one, and that everything is as clean and organized as possible.
We know, it can be daunting and overwhelming all at the same time if you think about it. We’ve all been there too! But here’s some advice from a fellow mom, know that everything is possible — you just have to be creative!
If you don’t know where to begin, here are some ways to help you get started:
1. Start with a checklist.
Checklists help you to keep your priorities straight and give you a tangible way to mark off tasks as you complete them. Start by making a list of the areas of your home that need decluttering the most. Having a decluttering list in place will help you stay on track!
2. Purge your belongings.
This is probably one of the best ways to start decluttering your home. Since it eliminates a lot of excess stuff all at once. Go through every room in your house and get rid of anything you don't need or use. Put away anything that's been taking up space and not serving any purpose. If you haven't used something in six months or more, chances are, you don't need it. Don't be afraid to let go of sentimental items either – you can always store them away until the baby is older.
3. Create a storage system that works for you.
Once you've decluttered your belongings, it's time to start thinking about where everything will go. When you have a baby, it's important to have a storage system that is both functional and efficient. Choose storage solutions that make the most sense for your lifestyle and needs.
You can invest in some good-quality storage bins and baskets, and label them so you know what goes where. Storage bins and baskets are your best friends when decluttering your home. They can help you keep small items off of surfaces and out of the way. Plus, they're great for corralling toys, clothes, diapers, wipes, other baby gear, and just about anything else.
4. Get rid of excess furniture.
If you're struggling to find room to store all your baby gear, it might be time to get rid of some excess furniture. Consider selling or donating any pieces that you don't use on a regular basis. This will open up space and make your home feel more spacious and child-friendly.
5. Put things in order.
One of the best ways to declutter your home with a baby is to put things in order. This means organizing your belongings by category (e.g., toys, clothes, books) and room. Not only will this help you stay organized, but it will also make it easier to find what you need when you need it.
6. Create a designated space for the baby.
When you have a baby, it's important to have their own space because they take up a lot of space too! This may be a room in your home or even just a corner. This space should be stocked with everything the baby needs such as diapers, wipes, clothes, toys, and anything else that your baby might need. Creating a designated space will help keep your home organized and clutter-free.
7. Get rid of clutter hotspots.
Every home has those places where clutter seems to accumulate. For some people, it's the coffee table, kitchen counter, the dresser top, or the nightstand.
For others, it is their closets because they tend to be one of the biggest sources of clutter in one’s home. You can quickly and easily declutter them by purging anything you don't need or use anymore.
If something doesn't fit or isn't age-appropriate for your child, get rid of it! Identify your own personal clutter hotspots and make a plan for how to keep them decluttered.
Don't forget about the outdoors too! If you have a yard, patio, or balcony, make sure to declutter these areas as well. Get rid of any old furniture or decorations that you don't use, and sweep away any dirt or debris.
8. Make a cleaning schedule.
A cleaning schedule can be a lifesaver when you're trying to keep your home clean especially if you have a baby. It can help you stay on top of the messes and prevent them from piling up.
Designate specific days and times for tidying up. Maybe it’s cleaning the living room every Monday, kitchen on Tuesdays, bathrooms on Wednesday, or doing all the laundry every weekend. Having a schedule will help you stay on top of the housework.
9. Ask for help.
Don't be afraid to ask for help when decluttering your home with your baby. It can be your partner, a family member, or a friend that is willing and whom you can trust! Sometimes it's just too difficult to do everything on your own and having someone else to pitch in will make the process go much smoother and faster. So if you need help, don't hesitate to ask a friend or family member. Having some extra help will make a big difference.
10. Take it one day at a time.
Finally, remember that decluttering your home with a baby is a process. It's not going to happen overnight. Take it one day at a time. So take it one day at a time and be patient with yourself. Before you know it, your home will be clutter-free!
Once you've decluttered your home, it's time to focus on keeping it that way. Staying organized is the best way to prevent clutter from taking over your home. Make a rule that for every new item that comes into the house, two old ones must go out. This will help prevent your home from getting cluttered again in the future.
With these tips, you'll be able to declutter your home before the baby arrives with ease!