How to Prevent Baby Items from Taking Over Your House

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How to Prevent Baby Items from Taking Over Your House

The baby shower gifts, the items you buy for yourself and the free hand-me-downs people think you need from their kid that they have held on to for 20 years pile up and all of a sudden you can’t even see the floor to your home anymore. There is so much stuff, so little space, and all for such a tiny person. I do not handle lots of clutter well, it makes my mind frazzled, and I do not like to constantly be moving things around or stepping over piles of stuff. So when I realized that baby items were about take over our very small home, I decided to be creative in how my home was set up to hopefully alleviate the crazy and encourage functionality.

How to Prevent Baby Items from Taking Over Your House

1. Only bring out the baby items you need.

A newborn baby doesn’t need a high chair yet or an activity center. The baby needs somewhere to sleep, a swing maybe, and a bouncy seat to lay them in since it is nice and portable. Only worry about putting together baby items that you’ll actually use immediately. Leave everything else tucked away out of sight.

2. Set aside kitchen storage.

Before the baby even arrives, clean out a section of kitchen cupboards or a shelf in a pantry for the baby items needed in the kitchen. Bottles are used so often that you will probably be washing those bottles just to use them again right away. Put any back up bottles and parts up in a cupboard off of your counter. I bought little storage boxes to keep bibs in, spoons and bowls, etc. that we would eventually need but not for awhile. Any formula, rice cereal and baby food was also kept there until we were ready for it.

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3. Buy aesthetically pleasing baby items.

Register for and buy items that you think look nice. You are going to have to look at the baby swing all day every day. It’s okay if you spend a little extra on one you think looks nice. Baby gear can be bulky, and when we had our babies we were working with limited square footage so the more things compacted into one thing the better. Like the bouncy seat swing combo. Perfect.

4. Invest in storage you don’t mind looking at.

Baby toys can be put in bins that go with your motif. I had little wicker baskets full of rattles and stuffed animals that everyone buys the baby. Then I had my husband put together a cute shelving unit for the nursery where we kept the extra stuff and books. When the toys got bigger and bulkier he made them a nice wooden toy box to keep in the living room and then we moved some stuff into the bedrooms to help alleviate congestion.

5. Purge baby items you’re not going to use.

Only keep baby items you are really going to use. If I had a dime for every blue type of stuffed animal people gave us, I would be rich. It is a sweet gesture, but it just becomes cumbersome to keep all of this extra stuff that we either don’t like, need, or are never going to use. I felt bad purging things because of the wonderful generosity of our friends and family so I decided I would donate it to another mom who was in the market for what I was getting rid of (here is a great list of places you can donate gently used baby items). It is okay to not need all the things and it makes keeping your house in order a lot easier.

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6. Come up with a system for baby clothes.

The change of sizes and seasons means dresser and closet cleaning day! Taking out the old and putting in the new! I keep plastic totes labeled with the size and season of clothes in the basement for the child following behind. It keeps the dressers uncluttered with clothing items not being worn and makes for easier and neater drawers and closets.

7. Designate a baby area.

Keep a baby area in every room. We have already addressed this with the kitchen, but this is true of every room. Make sure the bathroom has a shelf or drawer empty for baby towels, soaps, lotions, and powders. The medicine cabinet has a spot specific for gas drops, Tylenol, etc. That way in each room there is a specific place for baby’s items and we know exactly where to find what we are looking for without having to ruffle through everything.

Bringing a baby into the home is so much fun! The items are adorable and we are more excited to use a Mamaroo than the baby is. But when it gets to be too much it is overwhelming and puts chaos into our lives. Adding a child to the family is change enough, there are some things I just didn’t want to lose like, a neat-ish home. With a little creativity and simple organization I felt like I could accomplish my goal of blending the baby items into the normalcy of our home and promote optimal functionality. I hope some of these tips helped you set up your home perfectly for your new phase of life as well!

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About the Author /

Hannah Southerland is a stay-at-home mom and wife of two little boys. She blinked and now they are 3 and 4 and taking over her world with karate moves and an endless need for snacks. Over the past 4 years, she’s been researching topics on sleep, baby care, and motherhood, trying to parent the best way she knows how!

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