We go through many different life events from graduating from school to getting married to downsizing a house. Life events actually parallel the need to rent a self storage unit. There are times in our life when we will need to store personal or business belongings. Stop N Stor offers a large variety of storage options from climate controlled to non-climate controlled storage units to fit personal storage needs that one through the many phases of life.
One of life’s major events that will require planning and preparation is starting a family. The arrival of new baby is a time of great excitement and great change for a family. Starting months before the baby is born, new parents will need to decide where to create a baby room and where to put all of the accessories that come along with having a baby. Rooms will have to be re-purposed to a nursery, cleaned, painted, and furniture will have to be moved and stored. All of this will need to happen before the new baby comes home. When starting re-organizing projects, place extra furniture that is not currently needed in a storage unit. Self storage is a great option for household storage from furniture to room accessories. Move these items to the storage facility as early as possible to eliminate additional clutter in your home.
Preparing a Baby’s Nursery
It is very important to be prepared for a baby’s arrival. Create a checklist for the baby things that you and what you will need to purchase for the nursery. In order to prepare for a new baby, you first must figure out where you will have the nursery. Then you will need to figure out the best way to maximize the storage that is already in the home to accommodate all of the baby’s things from clothing to diapers to toys to swings!
Clean the new baby’s room from top to bottom before you begin re-decorating. After painting the room and adding the baby’s furniture, then do another cleaning. According to Healthy Children.org and The American Academy of Pediatricians, rely on common sense when preparing and maintaining a baby’s room. New parents should not need to sterilize the baby’s room to eliminate dust and germs before bringing a new baby home, because it will be difficult to keep up with that level of cleaning after the baby is home. Create a cleaning & maintaining schedule for the room is more important.
Organizing a Baby’s Room
The baby room should start with only have the basics: crib, dresser, changing table and a rocking chair. Do not clutter up the room with additional items. Furniture with built-in storage will also be a big help for organizational purposes. Organize the baby items and accessories that have started to accumulate in the room. Create “stations” in the room for diapering, dressing and feeding. Also, have stations set up in other parts of the home. This is especially important if there are multi-levels in the home. The set-up of the baby’s room should be convenient for the new parent. This is extremely crucial for middle-of-the-night feedings and changings!
Start baby proofing the baby’s room and home now for when the baby starts crawling and walking. The furniture in the nursery should be sturdy and secured to the walls, so toddlers can’t pull it over. There are other things that should be taken care of as the baby gets older in order to make the home safe. Put latches on cabinets and on the lower dresser drawers. Purchase baby gates for the top and bottom of staircases and for rooms you will not want toddlers to explore. Put plastic safety plugs into electrical outlets. Place non-stick pads below rugs in the baby’s room to prevent the toddler from slipping when they are taking their first steps to first run around the room.
Once you have everything set up and your home is prepared for a new baby, it is time to enjoy the time with your new family! Congratulations on your new arrival!