I am very organized by nature, so when I was pregnant I was ready for baby months before she arrived. The nursery was ready. Sheets were washed. Clothes were folded or hung in the closet. Drawers were stocked with diapers. I had my hospital bag packed. I felt mentally prepared to bring this baby home.
I realize, though, that many people aren’t good at organizing or maybe don’t have the time. When I offer my nesting services to clients I get a sense of their lifestyle and the goals they want to achieve. Do they have an area of their home that is so disorganized they don’t know where to begin? Is the baby’s nursery filled with unopened gifts, boxes, and stacks of books and clothing? Do they just have this overwhelming sense that their home is not ready but can’t put their finger on what is missing?
Without me coming to your home, I can’t give you specific ideas, but I can give you a few pointers that may get you started on your own.
- Assess Your Situation
Go from room to room and figure out what needs to be done before baby arrives. Start with the most obvious room – the nursery. Do you have the crib, a changing table, and maybe a rocking chair? Do you have a few necessities for the first week – clothing, diapers, wipes, etc?
Keep a pen and paper with you as you travel from room to room and write down any ideas that come to mind and make a list of things you may still need.
As you go through each room, picture you and your baby there, what you will be doing, and what still needs to be done to make it ready. When you get to your living room, maybe you notice that it’s a mess. Maybe older siblings have toys everywhere, or your husband has turned it into his office. If you picture the living room as a calm space where you will be nursing your baby or relaxing, then you need to clear that area. Put the toys in another room and ask your husband to take his work stuff elsewhere.
- Make a Plan
Once you’ve gone through each room, sit down and look at your notes. Do you still need to purchase some items or do you mostly need to organize? Figure out a game plan, put a timeline together, and figure out how to get everything done well before baby arrives. If you leave things until two weeks before you’re due, you may run out of time. If possible, try to have everything done four weeks before your estimated due date. That way you have plenty of time to relax and take it easy. And if baby does decide to come early, you’re ready.
- Start Nesting
Now the fun starts! I love figuring out where things go, organizing closets, and making piles for Goodwill. There’s something so gratifying about purging items you don’t need to make room for things you do need. Out with the old and in with the new!
Get baby’s nursery and closet completely organized. Put away all those shower gifts, wash a set of sheets, and hang up the clothes. Set books on a shelf, put toys in a basket, and get that rocking chair ready to put on some miles Mama, because if you’re breastfeeding you’re booty will be parked there for hours…and hours….
If you’re really getting into this nesting thing, I dare you to go through your shoes, purses, and clothes. For some reason we feel the need to hang on to clothes that are out of style, shoes that hurt our feet, and stuff from Target we bought three years ago for $10 but never wear.
Get. Rid. Of. Them.
“Organization isn’t about perfection it’s about efficiency, reducing stress and clutter, saving time and money, and improving your overall quality of life.” – Christina Scalise
- Find Zen
Now that your home is organized and you have a few weeks left until you meet your new human, you can just sit back and relax. Take a moment to declutter your mind. Release any fears you may have. Let go of control. Focus your energy on being kind to yourself and visualize your life with a new baby.
Take some time for yourself. Finish reading that book you started four months ago, go to your yoga class, or take a walk with a friend. Enjoy these last few weeks and be thankful for how far you’ve come. Realize that this time is sacred; you only have a short time left to nurture this baby while it’s inside of you.