Having a baby can really test your ability to keep a tidy and uncluttered home. You can either give into the disarray and let your home descend into a constant state of clutter or you can make a conscience effort to straighten up your home.
Our daughter was quite active once she started crawling and pulling her self up. Her ability to grab anything and everything definitely contributed to my wife and I keeping our home less cluttered. We got rid of tons of items that were definitely clutter, but resided in our home for one reason or the other.
We also try to keep our daughter’s nursery in an uncluttered state. It isn’t easy and the room still gets a bit disastrous here and there, but it never really gets out of hand. Our daughter hasn’t reached the age where she can run around room like a tiny tornado wreaking havoc where ever she goes, but we are constantly trying to teach her that everything has its place.
That brings me to a reader’s submission about their nursery. Charles writes in his email:
My wife and I have recently had a baby, and that inspired me to do some decluttering. My wife and I are usually quite messy, but I didn’t want to raise another human to follow in our footsteps, so I started decluttering. As I was doing this in preparation for the birth of the baby, I stumbled onto your blog, which I have been reading since. Great job guys, and I appreciate the effort.
Ironically, as I was uncluttering to prepare for the baby, i failed to realize something – babies create clutter! Thousands of changes of clothes, toys, bathing equipment, diapers, bags, blankets, etc. Well, of course, I let this get the best of me for a while, but I think that I have got it under control now.
And he also adds some tips:
- Register for gifts. Don’t go register for a lot of clothing – trust me, you’ll get it.
- Don’t buy a ton of clothing before birth. We have purchased almost no clothes for our daughter, yet she still has a full closet, and various rubbermaid containers for backups. Besides that, we have a ton of clothing she hasn’t even worn that she is now too big for. You’ll probably pick some favorites as well, so you might not see your baby in a bunch of stuff you/others bought.
- Your baby isn’t an accessory. Don’t buy name brands, and don’t buy a new outfit everyday. At most, you are going to get to see the baby wear the items for like 3 weeks. One of my big pet peeves – babies in Nike’s. Now there is a waste of $40.
- Think about how you can do without all the accessories. We bought a crib and a bassinet. Used the bassinet for about a week, and now its got to go. I’ve heard of people not buying changing tables as well. Think outside of the box because a lot of the stuff you buy you will quickly find you don’t need.
And last, but not least, the pics: