You’ve just had your sweet bundle of joy!
Ten tiny fingers, ten tiny toes — little cues, cries, yawns and snuggles.
Each day your wee one grows a bit more, making discoveries that bring you such joy.
You take inventory of what you have and what you will need, while the walls of your “too large for two” space begin to close in.
Baby swing? Check. Floor seat? Check. Car carrier (with matching stroller)? Check. Pack ‘n Play? Check. Play mat, kick piano, walker, bottles, teethers, toys and clothes…? Check, check, check, check…… and — you guessed it — more checks.
As your baby outgrows items and needs additional ones, your home begins to feel a bit cluttered (to say the least). While you don’t want to get rid of anything that may be put to use in the future (baby #2 perhaps?), you also can’t have all of these items taking up much needed space. So what’s a new, sleep-deprived parent to do?
Rent a Self-Storage Unit
With various sizes available, finding one that fits within your monthly budget will be a breeze. These 5 simple tips will help you make the most of your self-storage unit, keeping your baby gear organized and easily accessible. Clutter-free home, here we come!
1.) Bins For Clothing
Have your baby clothes organized by size, with corresponding bins to match. As your baby outgrows particular outfits (and a certain size altogether), place the items directly into the bin (clearly labeled) to place in your storage unit. Putting items away that don’t fit in “real time” will save you the hassle of sorting through them later on.
2.) Break Down Baby Gear
Most baby gear can be broken down into more compact sizes, perfect for placing into storage. Wrap pieces using bubble wrap, duct tape and/or plastic bags, so that the items are grouped together. Be sure to label accordingly.
3.) Containers for Small Miscellaneous
Using small containers to keep miscellaneous items (such as bottles, pacifiers, teething rings, etc…) will help you keep things contained. You can pack them all together in one large box (labeling each container individually) so that these items are easily accessible when you need them.
4.) Boxes for Toys
Keep a box for toys, specifically labelled for each age group (0-6M, 6-12M, 12M+, etc…). As your child outgrows a toy — place it within the box and seal it when it’s full. If baby #2 arrives (or a guests visits with a child) you can head to your storage unit to pull a box of toys that you know will be age appropriate.
5.) Keep an Updated List
Keep a quick, updated checklist of items you have within (or remove from) your storage unit so that you are aware of what you have (and what you don’t). Color coordinating or numbering boxes can also help you remain organized, as well as placing items strategically within your unit (most needed items in the front).
British Pop Singer Mary Mason once said, “A baby is something you carry inside you for nine months, in your arms for three years and in your heart till the day you die.” Enjoy each and every moment — including those sleepless nights. Cherish each hug, kiss and tear. And if you throw your socks in the toilet thinking it’s the hamper, step back and laugh. No one said it would be easy. But it can certainly be fun.
To your newly organized, happy home, with many memories to come.
Congratulations to you!