7 Organization Tips for New Parents
With a new baby comes plenty of new items to keep up with – furniture, bottles, diapers, clothes, more diapers…you get the idea. Keeping your home organized with a newborn is tough, especially when many of their items are so small. While you’re busy nesting and preparing for your little bundle of joy to come along, make sure you check out these organization tips for new parents to make your life easier (until they can walk).
Use storage under the crib – We store lots of things under our own beds. Some people even think the best way to clean a room is to put everything under their bed, but for some reason cribs seem to be forgotten. Chances are your crib has some storage space under it. Most new parents get a lot of blankets, and you might want somewhere other than your closet to put them. Grab a small storage bin to put the blankets in the keep them clean.
Invest in closet organizer bins – If there’s one thing that’s going to become your best friend for the next 18 years, it’s organizer bins. You’ll likely keep a lot in the closet, including the clothes of course. People love giving baby clothes, and keeping them organized can be tough. Organizer bins will help you keep outfits and other items in the closet organized. Keep like items together and put the stuff you won’t need right away up top.
Get closet dividers – One of the best parts about having a baby is the baby shower, where you’ll hopefully get clothes in all sizes. Get closet dividers to help separate your baby’s clothes based on size. It’ll be much easier to find what you’re looking for and dress your baby.
Buy drawer organizers – With all of the running around you’re going to be doing, you’ll want quick and easy access to the basics. Organize your top dresser drawers with your most used items – diapers, a few onesies, pants, and maybe even some cute headbands if you’re expecting a girl.
Use your wall space – If you’re not using your empty wall space for organization, you’re missing out. You can get pretty creative with wall storage. If you received an unnecessary amount of stuffed animals from friends and family, you can make a stuffed animal hammock in one of the corners of the room. If you have a lot of books, hang a few floating shelves. You can always use floating shelves to hold changing supplies as well.
Make a car organizer – Traveling with a baby can be one of the hardest parts about being a new parent. Buy a car organizer to put behind one of the car seats. Make sure to put in some diapers, extra onesies, wipes, formula, snacks – anything that you would normally put in a diaper bag. This way if you forget your diaper bag at home, you have a backup.
Do a toy rotation – Even though a newborn won’t be able to play with many toys, it won’t be long before they’ll get their hands on everything. Instead of putting out all of their toys immediately, make a toy rotation. Only put out a few toys at a time, and when they want something new, you can put in a new rotation. Not only will this keep you more organized, but it’ll also eliminate your need to buy new toys all the time.
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