There are few things more exciting and life-changing than preparing to welcome a new baby into your home. As you buy supplies and baby clothes, it’s also important to think about how you should organize your home so that you’ll be ready when your baby arrives.
With that in mind, here are some room-by-room organizing and storage tips to help you prepare for the big day.
Make Your Kitchen Baby-Ready
The last thing you need is to be scrambling around the kitchen looking for a bottle or a jar of baby food. The best way to avoid that is to take the following steps:
- Dedicate one cabinet to your baby’s bottles, dishes, and utensils. That way, everything will be together and you can find what you need, when you need it.
- Likewise, buy a Lazy Susan and use it for formula (if you’re using it) and baby food.
- Instead of putting your baby’s bottles in the same dish rack as your dishes, invest in a separate drying rack to keep the bottles accessible and sanitary.
These changes will help you get your kitchen in order.
Make the Nursery Baby-Ready
The center of most of the baby-related activity in your home is the nursery, and it’s essential to get it set up neatly before you bring your baby home.
The first thing to think about is clothing. If you’re like most new parents, you’ve probably got quite a bit of clothing already, and in a variety of sizes. Start your organizational process by sorting items by size so that you can swap out clothes that your baby has outgrown without a fuss.
Next, invest in some drawer organizers. A lot of your baby’s clothes are very small and can be difficult to find. Things like booties, headbands, and hats can be easy to lose. If you get a drawer organizer for the sock drawer, you can pair the socks and booties so that each item has its own compartment.
When it comes to storing clothes, fold and stack items that aren’t likely to wrinkle, such as onesies, t-shirts, and pants. For dresses and three-piece outfits, or anything that wrinkles, buy some baby-sized hangers and hang them in the closet.
You may want to line up your baby’s shoes on a shelf or invest in a trunk or storage box to keep them out of the way. Incidentally, storage bins and containers are a great way to keep toys organized, as well. It’s very easy for a child’s playthings to overwhelm a room, but if you assign everything its own place you’ll be less likely to lose track of things.
Make the Entry Baby-Ready
Any new parent can tell you that getting out of the house with a new baby requires Herculean effort. One of the best things you can do to prepare for your baby’s arrival is to set up your entryway to make it easy to get on the road.
Try these things to make your entryway baby-friendly:
- If you have a closet in your entryway, pick an accessible shelf to use for diaper bags and your travel high chair.
- Put baby hangers in the closet for your baby’s coat, bunting, and other hangable items. Stuff your baby’s scarf, mittens, and other accessories up the coat’s sleeve for easy access.
- Rig up a hook to hold your child’s stroller so it’s not taking up space on the floor of the entryway.
- If you don’t have an entryway closet, you may want to consider storing some items, such as extra diaper bags and the stroller, in the garage.
- In a pinch, buy a trunk (or a bench with a storage space in the seat) to hold items in the entryway.
The key to organizing your home for a new baby is to be as practical as possible. Think about when and where you’ll be spending your time and what you’ll need to make the situation as stress-free as possible. Then, organize accordingly and prepare to bring your bundle of joy home!