Following up to Storage for Baby, Part 1: Before Baby Arrives, we also wanted to share with you how you can continue using your storage unit. You will actual need your storage unit and the benefits are countless.
Once you get to take your sweet bundle of joy from the hospital, it won’t be long until the room will look like a storm hit it. Some babies stay in newborn clothes and diapers for months, other babies never fit in them to begin with or grow out in a week. The beautiful bassinet you might have gotten that fits on the side of the bed so you can have the baby in arms reach, the baby probably hates it. Not to mention the other necessary items you have all around your home that you never used. You feel that same feeling you had two months before the baby arrived. This means it’s time to visit that storage unit again.
You might have one to two trips worth of stuff to take to your storage unit. You will have more space in your home for baby number one and stuff tucked away if you are hoping for baby number two. You will be very happy that you saved these items.
Make sure clothes and the cloth parts of toys and sleepers are clean which is great to keep them in good condition. If you put things with spit up or scented detergent in the storage unit you will attract unwanted rats and bugs. Wash everything with unscented detergent, and dry completely to prevent mildew or mold. Wipe and spray toys and other items with a good cleaner to get dirt or food residue off the items.
Step 2: Separate Into Categories.
Moms want to keep everything, we understand. Although, that white spit up onesie with all the stains? Do you need to keep that for the next baby? They will have spit up onesies of their own. All the out-grown clothes and other items should be separated by the following: keepsake, trash, and hand-me-downs.
- For keepsakes, get a small tote and include baby’s hospital clothing, coming home outfit, hospital blanket and holiday outfits. Leave room to add more over the years. You can even keep your baby shower cards in this tote as mementos as well.
- Throw out things that looked faded and worn out and anything that was stained or torn.
- Hand-me-downs are organized by size. Fold them neatly, and label the boxes with what season they were appropriate for and the sizes. This will come in handy if your next baby is born in the summer, and you only have winter newborn clothing.
- It’s also best to keep the clothing and toys separated. Still keep the toys together by age group and label the box or tote appropriately.
Step 3: Large Gear Storage!
Bassinets don’t get used; diaper genies lose their appeal when you just have to throw out the trash everyday anyway. The baby might hate the swing during the first month. Figure out what you are using because you will need jumpers, walker, and highchairs as baby grows. Also, think about what else you will need for the next baby. Or a friend or family member may be expecting.
If items are “assembly required” take pictures of it while assembled for future building reference, if it was complicated to put together. If there was cloth on the item, remove it, wash, and dry thoroughly. For the other parts, wipe down with disinfectant wipes and clean any residue left behind. Remove batteries if present to prevent corrosion. Store cloth pieces in a tote labeled with the contents. Then disassemble what you can, place in a plastic bags and insert the pictures then label what it is for way finding. If the items are small enough once taken apart, you can place them into the high-quality boxes you purchased at the retail shop at the storage facility for added protection and ease of moving.
Step 4: The Storage Unit!
Another helpful hint is that it’s best to visit your storage unit regularly. We suggest at least once per season. Check out the area and make sure no damage has occurred. The quicker you catch an issue, the less of a problem you’ll have. This helps ensure no pests have intruded or any other issues have occurred like crushed boxes or a toppled pile.
When you put the clothes back in storage stack them in order you will need them. Place the next size you will need on top and the clothes you don’t need on the bottom. Make sure all the boxes are labeled correctly and facing forward so they are easy to see. It’s best to label the top and two sides of the boxes.
You should also assess what gear you may need soon. Whether your baby looks like they may be ready to play in the jumper or walker or if they are able to sit in a highchair yet, you are going to need them sooner than you think. Either remove these items to take home or move them forward inside the storage unit. That way the items not needed any longer can be placed behind them. If you don’t take them with you on this visit, they are in the front ready for you when baby is ready for them.
A lot of stress is removed from first time parents’ plates when the house looks organized. It’s even better knowing that when baby number two comes along or your first little one grows out of his baby items, your storage unit isn’t a scene from a horror movie. Save time, stress and also money by storing your items safely and neatly! If you are planning for baby number two or just need to clean out unnecessary items from your first child, you can rent a storage unit online now and get organized. You can also contact us for more information about using Self Storage for baby.