When you’ve got a new born baby in the house, the whole place can seem like one big playpen and changing station. The clutter can get especially overwhelming over the holidays, when your new born is showered with presents from relatives and friends to play with in the New Year. Get organised—and gain some peace of mind—by following these house de-cluttering tips.
Sticking To A De-Cluttering Strategy
The hardest part about getting organised is that your little gal or guy demands all of your free time and energy! For this reason, it’s best not to think of de-cluttering your home as a project that can be taken on in a single day or even a single weekend. Instead, make a goal to get your home de-cluttered in one month by setting aside just 20 or 30 minutes a day to clean out one area of the house—e.g. the baby’s closet one day, the baby’s dresser drawers the next, the toy bin the day after. Dividing your workload up like this will help you reach a small goal daily and bring you closer to a clutter-free home.
Donating, Selling, and Recycling: Finding Peace of Mind in Your Clutter
Now that you’ve got your de-cluttering strategy, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get to work. As you start to sort through the clutter in each area of your home, fight your impulse to just throw old things into the bin: consider whether they can be donated, sold, or recycled. That stockpile of baby clothes you have that you’re new born is quickly growing out of can be donated to charity, sold at a garage sale, or re-gifted to a friend who is expecting. Likewise, the unwanted pieces in your bedroom closet can be bagged for charity or taken to a local consignment store, where you may earn some money for your old clothes.
With the baby’s toys taking up so much space, you may be looking to get rid of some furniture in your living room or spare bedroom to create additional play spaces for the little one. Instead of investing precious time and energy holding a garage sale, list these items on a website like Craigslist or Preloved to earn some quick cash. As for your old electronics and tech gadgets, you can sell mobile phone, laptops, CD, DVD, and game collections through an online recycling program like musicMagpie.
Remember that while your home may never return to pre-baby levels of organisation, you can make everyday life a little less chaotic by clearing out the clutter. Your clutter-free home will make finding that favourite toy or cute new baby outfit a lot easier as well, giving you some peace of mind in your new role as a mum.
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