So, I’ve been in a bit of a clutter-crushing frenzy over the past couple of months.
We don’t have a lot of “furnishings” per se, but we have a lot of stuff. And by we, I mean “I”, haha. I don’t know how I have accumulated so much over the years and I don’t know how so much of it has survived through my multiple moves. Actually, I do know how. It’s because I never open boxes and actually use the stuff that I’m storing. Until of course, I find myself moving again, or in one of these spring cleaning/purging frenzies.
I actually had to talk myself into sitting down and writing, instead of going to purge more stuff tonight. I may be slightly obsessed!
I’ve found that some things are easy to purge and some things are rather difficult. The easy things are usually things that are broken, missing pieces, or things I have double of. Whereas the difficult things are those with sentimental value or sometimes they just have a thought attached to them that “I will need this someday”. Let’s turn on an episode of “Hoarders” and have a reality check!
Clearing clutter is challenging on a good day. If you are at home with a baby and attempting to tackle this task, there are some things you’ll want to know:
- There are certain areas that you will be able to tackle and certain areas that you should not even attempt… unless you want to frustrate yourself
- Be prepared for piles of disorganization in various spots around your house
- It will take you longer to accomplish
- Depending on the baby’s age, they are likely going to want to play with whatever your trying to purge/organize
Are you feeling like purging and clearing out some chaos? Here’s how I’ve been tackling our cluttery house with a 9-10 month old baby!
*Note: If you don’t finish the area that you’re working on in one fell swoop (spoiler alert – you won’t), push it to the side and move on to whatever you need to do. Remember, this is life with a baby! You can come back to it later or the next day and “play” in the books 🙂
Baby-Friendly Clutter Areas To Tackle
Furniture (just the deciding aspect)
You may be able to tackle other areas while your baby is napping. Since I have a cat-napper, this is a useless wish to me. I often sleep when she does and find a way to get things done with her while she’s awake.
Questions to ask yourself: Have you read the book? Do you plan on reading it very soon? Did you love it? Will you miss it if it’s gone? Do you need it for reference?
Make sure you have a box nearby for your donations and books that your baby can play with, so they feel involved with what you’re doing. You can even explain how you’re sorting through your books. Babies absorb much more than we think!
This one is my favourite to purge! For my sense of accomplishment and for having something soft and entertaining for Aurora to do.
For clothing, you’ll want to ask yourself these questions: Does it fit? Do you enjoy wearing it? Do you feel good wearing it? Have you worn it in the last 6 months? Does it need to be repaired? Will you ever actually repair it?
A close friend of mine just donated some of her dressy tops to me. This is a fabulous idea, if you have a friend or family member you can do this with. This means that I feel comfortable getting rid of 3/4 of the t-shirt collection that I’ve accumulated. I now have some “new” clothes to wear that make me feel good!
This one’s a bit tricky. Having dollar store organization bins of different shapes and sizes really helps.
To start off, I group like items together – eg. pens, tape, twist ties, batteries, tools, etc.
If you have any items that belong in another room or have their own spot, make a pile for them. You can go and deliver them when you’re done sorting through everything.
Put each grouping of items into the organization boxes in your drawer. Leave at least one of the small bins empty, so you can throw new stuff in there as needed.
Ok, Mamas! If you’re anything like me and about 95% of Moms out there, you’re going to need a number of boxes and/or garbage bags for this one.
Pull out some sentimental clothing items that you want to keep and set those aside in a special container.
If you don’t plan on having additional children, you can really go wild. If you do plan on having additional children, you’ll have to be a bit more picky about what you may need for the next one/s. Sort through clothes, toys, bedding, larger items (exersaucer, Jolly Jumper, highchair, etc.). Anything that is stained or broken can go. Consider selling your larger items. These are readily available at second-hand shops for a great price when your next little one comes along.
This is the easiest one to do with your baby, because they don’t know that you’re giving any of this away. It’s playtime to them!
With this one, you’re really just making a list – if you’re doing it with your baby. Maybe after you de-clutter your clothes, you could get rid of an entire dresser!
Enjoy your new found space… both physical and mental 🙂
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