Get your home ready for your new baby with cleaning and organization tools. From household cleaning products to organization essentials, this list of tips will help you get your home clean and tidy for your new arrival.
Clean for Baby
- Is your vacuum cleaner out of date? An excellent vacuum cleaner is crucial to help you deal with baby stains, such as the inevitable diaper messes and high chair food tosses, and to protect your little one from germs and allergens. Look for a vacuum cleaner that's easy to use, powerful and includes a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter to help fight allergens. Consider investing in a deep carpet cleaner as well to help prevent stains and clean up larger messes.
- Make sure you’re well-stocked on disinfectant and cleaning tools to keep your house safe for exploring little hands. Keeping germs at bay becomes important, especially when your baby begins to be able to move around. Consider using natural and eco-friendly alternatives as well.
- Get ready to fight odors with an array of air fresheners. Diaper pails are convenient, but even the top-of-the-line models could use a little assistance. Air fresheners (or a whole-room air purifier) will help you keep the air fresh and smelling clean.
- Look for forgotten areas to clean, like the tops of mirrors, stair railings, lights, behind the fridge and doors. Wipe these areas down with disinfectant or white vinegar, and they’ll be germ-free for baby and great-looking for guests.
Organize Before Baby Arrives
- You'll be surprised how much room one tiny person’s things can take. Take the time while you have it to clear some space in your garage for household items you may want to store temporarily to make room for larger baby items, like walkers, bassinets, strollers and more.
- Get organized before the baby comes, since you'll appreciate having a sensible organization solution when your hands are full with your new little one. Choose a closet organization system that has room for tiny clothes and shoes. Make sure there are shelves that can accommodate baskets for small, loose items.
- Use baskets, totes and other smart storage solutions to organize toys and clothes that your baby outgrows (or to store gifts of larger-sized clothes and toys your new baby is ready to enjoy).
- As your baby begins to pull up, it will be important to get many items out of hand’s reach. Hooks and racks will allow you to organize and store items that you don’t want your baby to pull up or pull down.
Get Other Areas Baby-Ready
- Free up space in your kitchen to accommodate bottles, baby food and other kitchen essentials for your little one. Getting organized now with a sensible kitchen scheme will save you time later, when you’ll have to navigate your kitchen with only one free arm.
- Move gadgets you need to use a lot within arms reach, so you won’t have to open overhead cabinets and risk falling objects hurting your little one. Pullout cabinets will help you reach items quickly and easily.
- Find a hamper system that will work for your family, and consider getting a hamper that will separate your laundry to save you time. Organizing your laundry will save you lots of time when you're washing tons of dirty laundry. If you're using cloth diapers, you might want to find a separate area in your laundry room for soaking and stripping.
- Keep baby safe from medications, firearms and other household hazards by locking them away in a childproof safe.
- If you've considered upgrading your flooring, now is the time. Hardwood and laminate floors offer low-maintenance, easy-to-clean surfaces that you'll appreciate when your baby starts to crawl. If you want to keep the warmth of carpet, consider upgrading to stain-resistant carpeting with a warranty that will survive your child’s growing years. Consider installing underfloor heating to keep little movers warm while they’re close to the ground.
- If you have pets, start thinking about new boundaries you'll want them to respect once baby arrives. If your dog is not kennel-trained, consider starting the process now. Treat your dog to a kennel, and train it to appreciate its new home before the baby arrives.
- Chances are, lots of guests will be visiting you and your new bundle of joy. While you’re getting the house ready for the baby, freshen up your home décor. Clear any clutter from coffee tables, entryways, mudrooms or other places where items tend to collect. Refresh the look of your home with new curtains or a new coat of paint.