Parenthood is an exciting journey filled with love, laughter, tears and bodily fluids…which could happen simultaneously, so be prepared. Let’s just say, when you get hit in the face with projectile vomit, there will be tears… followed by more vomit, lots of laughter (after heaving), and, as crazy as it may sound, intense feelings of love.
Lacking and leaking will become your new mantra, as you experience a lack of time, a lack of sleep, a leaky diaper (hence the lack of sleep), and a lack of space. We’ve asked the best parents we know how they’ve managed to keep things running smoothly with little ones of their own. Other than Ted, we think these parents rock (sorry Ted), so here are some helpful tips and tricks to keep your home organized and clutter-free:
1.) Sort in real time:
“I became overwhelmed by the amount of clothes my little guy had, and how fast he outgrew them! I found by putting clothes he no longer fit into aside right away, I was able to keep our closets free from clutter, and save myself the hassle of having to sort through everything at once.” – Becky. (Mother of 2 boys, 2 cats, and a fish named Loo)
Have a bin on hand within your closet, placing clothes that no longer fit in there in real time. Mark the size clothing on the side so that you can keep the clothing in a local self-storage unit for your next baby, or resell it to earn some extra cash. Once you see how fast your baby grows, and the amount of clothing your baby will have, you’ll be glad you tackled this while it was happening, instead of trying to sort through everything several months in. A proactive win!
2.) Buy in bulk
“I went through so many stinking diapers, I just couldn’t keep up. I would always forget to buy them at the store, and my attempt to use cloth diapers was a disgusting mess. I decided to have diapers automatically sent to my house so that I didn’t have to think about picking them up. They simply arrived at my front door. Dude: you are going to go through a lot of diapers. My record was 14 in one day! Oh, use a clothespin for your nose. Kid you not, it stinks.” – Frank (Dad extraordinaire to a little princess, with a little boy on the way)
Using a delivery service for diapers will not only help you from having to remember to purchase them, but it can even help you save money. At nearly a quarter a diaper, and upwards of 10 diapers a day, you best believe every penny counts!
3.) Ask for Help
“I always heard ‘It takes a Village’ and that really is the truth. If you need help, please just ask. You can’t do it all,and that’s okay, you’re not supposed to. Sometimes even being able to take a bath or shower without interruption can really help brighten your whole day.” -Regina (Super mom to a little boy)
If friends or family want to help, let them! Self-care should always be a priority. You deserve some time to yourself, and will be a better parent for it!
4.) Utilize Storage
“I wanted to hold on to all of the baby gear for my next one, but really didn’t have the room. My wife and I determined it was less expensive to keep everything in storage over the next year instead of getting rid of it all and buying it all again. Plus, we started storing our holiday decor and camping gear there too, which has really helped maximize space within our garage.” -Ted (Who knew! Go Ted!)
Storage units are available for monthly rental, with drive-up access, climate controlled units and 24-7 security offered at an affordable price. Finding one that fits your needs and your budget is simple, and it won’t break the bank.
5.) Keep Baby on a Routine
“Do your best to develop a healthy, flexible routine and stick to it. My little guy knew that when we rocked in the rocking chair and read together with teddy, we were getting ready for bed. It really helped to keep us on track.” -Olive (Ted’s wife, voted most likely be ordained a Saint)
Why is Routine Important for Babies? states that, “Babies like a predictable world, and for good reason. For young children, every day is packed with learning and excitement, and routines provide relief from the chaos.” Figure out a sustainable routine that works for your family, and stick to it. You will be happy you did.
In the words of singer/songwriter Jennifer Nettles, “I feel simultaneously completely vulnerable and made wholly brave by becoming a parent. It has changed the way that I live my life. Because I want to be an example for my son.”
Wishing you much happiness, joy and giggles…because baby giggles are what make it all worth it. You’ll see.