The arrival of a baby is a joyous event in every family. Nine months is just enough time to prepare your Alexandria home for the arrival of a new family member. However, many people tend to start the preparations last minute and get all confused and hectic. Your to-do list is getting bigger and bigger while you are expecting. Therefore, having a clear action plan is of immense help. Professional movers from Zippy Shell Louisiana will guide you through the process of getting your house ready for a baby.
How to prepare your Alexandria home for the arrival of a new family member
Before the baby arrives, your to-do list is getting bigger and bigger. Apart from that, you have everyday chores and doctor’s appointments on your schedule. And time is what everyone needs to conduct the major projects concerning the arrival of a baby. That is why it is important to start on time. Some projects may require remodeling your house, others just a short trip to the store, but it is important to allow yourself time for all you want to achieve. Some of the most important projects to tackle when expecting are as follows:
- deciding on a nursery
- baby proofing your home
- preparing a house for guests
- having the house cleaned
Decide on a nursery
Take time to determine which room you will use as a nursery and how it will look. Then make a list of all items you need to buy to make the room ready for the arrival of a baby. In case you order too many things, you can use the best New Orleans storage to temporarily put away redundant stuff. Remember that nursery must be near your master bedroom, so you can be closer to the baby during the night.
In case you do not have a separate room for the baby, set up a nursery in your bedroom. In this instance, you will need to rearrange and possibly redecorate your bedroom. With this in mind, make a list of all decorations to buy and amendments to make, and allow yourself enough time to devote to this task.
Drawers with dividers, a rocking chair, a crib, toy bins, diaper changing tables, and many other items should be on your to-buy list. Talk to your friends who already have kids, research online, and read books and magazines to help you finalize your list of items to buy before the baby arrives at your Alexandria home.
Baby proof your home
This may sound like a premature thing to do, but it actually is not. Before the baby arrives, you will have plenty of time on your hands, unlike the time after the baby is born. Use the opportunity and advantage of free time to complete as much work as you can. Adapt your house entirely to fit the baby’s needs and to prevent any dangerous situations. If you have stairs in your house, remember to set up a baby gate. This will prevent the baby from falling down the stairs. Also, rearranging your kitchen and bathroom items will keep the baby more secure. Move all liquids and sharp objects from the bottom shelves to the top ones.
Moreover, cover the power outlets, cover the sharp table and chair edges, and anchor all bulky and tall furniture to the wall, to prevent it from tipping over. In case you obtain numerous child-proof requisites, but lack room in your home to keep them until the time comes to use them, rent one of the best storage units Alexandria LA has.
Prepare your house for guests
Perhaps someone from your family will stay in your house for a few days to help you out after the baby is born. Make sure to set up a bed for them, as well as sheets and towels. It is better to complete this task while you still have some free time. Once you get out of the hospital with a newborn, there will be no time to shop for essentials for your overnight guests. Buy sufficient supplies of toothpaste, toilet paper, shower gels, soaps, and of course groceries.
Any extra stuff you buy you can store in a climate controlled storage Baton Rouge. Apart from keeping your belongings in a safe place, you can rest assured they are protected from the hot and humid Louisiana weather. Various types of storage are available – portable, on-site, and long-term. Choose the one that best fits your needs and store away any extra stuff you have before the baby arrives.
Decluttering your home and making space for baby furniture is a must when preparing your Alexandria home for the arrival of a new family member. Having a baby means that you will need to buy plenty of stuff – a pram, a cradle, a toy bin, humidified, white noise machine, and many more. That is why decluttering before the baby arrives will leave you with a lot more storage space in your home for the items you will be using on a day-to-day basis.
Clean the house
There is no better time to clean the house thoroughly than when you are expecting. Hire a cleaning service or ask a friend to help you out. Cleaning is necessary especially if your house went through minor or major remodeling to fit the baby’s needs. Also, cleaning the house is not something you will ever find enough time for after the baby is born. If you have your house cleaned just before you go to the hospital, you and the baby will return to a nice and fresh home.
The best way to prepare your Alexandria home for the arrival of a new family member is to be organized and informed. Zippy Shell Louisiana can help you find a suitable storage type, and help you transport your belongings to a storage unit.