If you are about to have a baby, you will likely be in the process of re-organizing your home to make sure your baby has a safe space to grow up in. For many people with small homes, this involves getting rid of old items to make room for baby furniture and even completely remodeling a home office or den into a nursery. If you live in a small or crowded home, then you may want to consider these three tips for cleaning out your home to make room for your new baby.
Rent a Dumpster
One of the biggest de-cluttering pitfalls that many people run into is not getting rid of the items that they plan to get rid of. For example, you may box up a bunch of items to take to the dump or to donate, but never get around to actually taking them where they belong. These items then take up room in your garage or home. To prevent this, you should order a dumpster for immediate removal.
A small dumpster rental should be large enough to de-clutter most homes. Since dumpsters often have a set rental period (usually a week or a month), renting a dumpster can also encourage you to keep sorting and going through your items to finish the task before the dumpster is picked up.
Start With the Easy Stuff
If you have a difficult time parting with items you think you might need, you should start with easier sorting tasks. For example, start in the kitchen or bathroom and get rid of perishables such as expired food and old makeup. You can combine this task with baby-proofing these areas, making sure that you reduce the amount of cleaning agents you have and that they are stored somewhere where your baby will not be able to access them as they grow.
Pair De-cluttering With Remodeling
If you are adding a nursery, you should pair your remodeling task with de-cluttering. Your dumpster will be helpful for disposing of furniture and remodeling debris, and you will have a better idea of exactly how much room you will have in your nursery and around your home.
If you are having a baby, starting the de-cluttering process sooner rather than later is a good idea. During late pregnancy, you may be too tired to complete the task or you may not want to lift and bend as much.