Tips for Organizing and Cleaning Your Home as a New Mom
*Keep a separate laundry basket for the baby next to his or her changing table. Treat stains right away with a spray and wash then pick 2 days a week to clean everything in a mild detergent (I bought mine, Better Basics, at giggle). Babies like the sounds of the washer and dryer so it sometimes lulls them in to a nap! Invest in a collapsable clothes drying rack so you can hand wash small stains out of your baby’s clothes and hang dry.
*Use bibs, even in the very beginning. This way when your baby spits up, you don’t have to clean and change an entire outfit each time just rinse off the bib or change the bib.
*Cloth diapers work great for burp rags and cleaning things in the baby’s room.
*Have a large round flat basket to keep all of his or her stuffed animals and rattles in and on display.
*Also two big baskets or bins under his bookshelf or bed to store toys.
*Place a plastic mat over the cloth on the changing table so you can just wipe it down and not machine wash the changing pad. I use the extra one that came in the diaper bag I got and I have a portable changing pad that I put in the diaper bag.
*Keep a basket next to the changing table to organize diapers, creams and cloths in.
*Buy wipes in bulk and just replace them in the plastic container instead of buying a new container each time to cut down on extra garbage and waste.
*Have a canister of antibacterial wipes in the baby’s room and kitchen so you can wipe things down quickly and often.
*Vacuum with your baby in a bjorn or ergo carrier, the babies love the noise and it is a great way to calm them down and keep them moving.
*Organize their drawers by sizes (smallest at top going down)and once they grow in to the next size store the smaller clothes in a box (if you may have another baby) or donate to a friend or good will immediately. Then shift the sizes up a drawer. This also reminds you of all the cute clothes you received and may have forgotten about.
*Make sure to get a good drying rack next to the kitchen sink for bottles, pacifiers, etc. You can also get a bin to keep in the sink with warm soapy water and drop used bottles in throughout the day then wash and sterilize all at once or when baby is sleeping.
Most importantly remember to enjoy the time you can with your newborn. A somewhat messy home is a sign there’s an incredible little gift living with you. There will always be time to wash the dishes but the days and years go by so fast it’s important to give you take a break.
And DELEGATE! Ask your husband to be on garbage patrol changing the diaper pail and all other trash cans. Also let him unload the dishwasher and make the bed in the morning.