You’ve been nesting for months now. Your baseboards look better than they’ve ever looked. Your pantry is spotless and baby’s closet is perfectly organized and waiting for the baby delivery. You even have a freezer full of crock-pot meals ready to go. However, there may be a few places you’ve overlooked in your cleaning spree if you’ve been trying to declutter fast. Here are 10 areas not to overlook when you’re decluttering before baby.
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10 Areas Not To Overlook When You’re Decluttering Before Your Baby Delivery
1. Your Closet
It may not make much sense right off. What does my closet have to do with having a newborn baby? Well, Mama, organizing and decluttering your closet will help you at any point in your life, but especially during a time like this. A small wardrobe full of favorite clothing pieces makes getting dressed quick and you will feel beautiful in every piece you own.
You’ve been wearing maternity clothes for months which makes now the perfect time to downsize your wardrobe. Pick through your pre-pregnancy wardrobe essentials and only put your most favorite pieces back inside your closet. Include a few lounge wear pieces, too, you’ll need comfortable clothes for the first few weeks after baby delivery. Just read this post about creating a capsule wardrobe for moms to get you started.
2. Hobby Supplies
While it’s important to maintain a strong sense of self after baby (and I would encourage you to make alone time to do that), you won’t have the luxury of doing whatever you please whenever you get the urge to do it like you could before baby delivery. Now would be a good time to go through your hobby stuff like crafting supplies, strange cooking gadgets or even your board game collection. Keep your favorites of course, but take the time necessary to truly evaluate your commitment to the hobby and the joy it brings you.
3. Your Makeup Stash
Go through your makeup stash and dispose of any items that are old, expired (yes, makeup does expire!) or ugly. I mean, let’s keep it real, ladies. Even when you have time to dress up and get your makeup just right you aren’t going to want to. At least not until baby let’s everyone sleep through the night.
4. Your Freezer
If you haven’t already, empty your freezer. While it’s empty, give the surfaces and wire racks a good wipe down. Now your freezer is ready to be stocked with freezer meals you prepare or meals friends and family drop off after your baby delivery.
5. Under Your Bed
If you’re a pack rat, you’ve probably been hoarding all kinds of random things under your bed along with any other beds in your house. Don’t think for a minute that your little one won’t be exploring under there as soon as she can crawl!
6. The Bottom Drawer
The bottom drawer in your nightstand, in the bathroom, kitchen or any other piece of furniture around needs to be cleaned and decluttered. Baby will be mobile before you know it and bottom drawers are easy places for little hands to reach.
7. Pet Supplies
You may not know this yet if you are a new Mama, but pet food is delicious. At least that’s what the majority of toddlers will try to make you believe. Find a nice storage container for your pet food then label it with a cute decal sticker like this one. Also be aware of where you’re storing things like pet medication, medicated shampoos or flea collars.
8. Junk Food
After your baby delivery you’ll need to rest and heal. Make a conscious effort now to intend to eat only healthy snacks like fruits, veggies, nuts or protein bars. Eating healthy snacks is important for any Mama, but is even more important if you’ve decided to breastfeed your baby. Breastfeeding Mamas usually have an increase in appetite so if this is you plan to prepare a few quick and healthy snacks ahead of time.
9. Family Photos
Organizing family photos seems to be a common dilemma no matter what stage of life a person is in. Do yourself a favor and put your nesting magic to good use sorting and filing family photos into photo albums so that everyone gets to enjoy the pictures. You are about to enter a time of your life when you’ll be taking more photos than you ever have before! Better to have a good system in place now with all of your past photos already out of the way.
10. Your Relationship With Your Spouse
Okay- now I don’t mean you need to declutter the guy in the sense of getting rid of him… no matter what your pregnancy hormones may be telling you at the moment. lol On the contrary, now is when the two of you should be removing distractions and laying a solid foundation for the future when you’ll be adding a third person to the relationship after your baby delivery. Make an effort to spend quality time together as often as possible. Turn off the television, put away your tablet or cell phone and soak this time up. It’s precious time you will both treasure.
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