It’s amazing how much stuff comes along with the birth of a tiny baby! The little pieces of clothing, the diapers and related supplies, the bottles and binkies, the blankets and toys, books and bath toys. It’s really almost in-comprehensive how much stuff there is to manage for this little bundle of joy. So, what do we do with it all
Create Zones – this is a critical, in any space. It may seem like a basic idea, and it is, but when you’re a new mom, basic systems are a lifesaver. Baby’s grow very quickly too. Before you know it, you’re rotating clothing from 0-3 months sizes to 3-6 months and so on. So, keep it simple, and you’ll do just fine! Here are organizing and zoning suggestions for the main rooms in your home:
Starting in the Nursery, zone the room to include sleeping, changing, reading/rocking, and clothing/storage. Leave room for floor play, if possible. The benefit of zoning in the nursery is that only what's related to those areas actually gets put in those areas. Therefore, unrelated items don’t wind up all over the room. It also makes it easier for others to help too because everything is in a logical place.
In the Kitchen, choose a baby zone. This may be one shelf of the pantry that is designated for bottles and binkies, initially, then baby food and small bowls once baby starts on solids. Either way, designating a space now will help ward off the counter clutter that could come from the baby paraphernalia. Use baskets to contain related items.
The Family Room can also quickly and easily become the equivalent of a daycare center, if one is not careful. Create space for baby’s stuff. Try dual-functioning pieces, such as ottomans that also provide storage. At the end of the day, baby’s toys can easily be tossed into the ottoman and the family room is once again an
adult-friendly space ready for an evening of relaxing. Covered baskets also work well.
I look forward to blogging on Meridian Momtourage each month and participating in discussions. Please leave a comment if this article was helpful or if you have questions after reading it. Congratulations on welcoming your little one to the world!
For more room-by-room organizing tips, checklists, and more get The Organized Mom: Simplify Life for You and Baby One Step at a Time.