Our Career Mama of the Week is the lovely Varsha Singh from @ClutterBGone. This super mama entrepreneur shares the raw and honest truth about the importance of self care as a first time mama, and what it’s like to be a working mama to a toddler, all while running a successful business, in this week’s article.
Nursery organization IS possible, rather than just being something to dream about one day. How you select the furniture and organize it is a personal decision and depends on how much you want to use the nursery. Whatever that looks like, here are tips for a clutter-free nursery that enables you to spend more time with your newborn and less time worrying about tidying it.
A secure crib with a safe mattress, a diaper-changing area, and a comfortable chair for feeding are must-have pieces for most new moms. Expanding the furnishings and changing the organizational system can naturally happen as the baby gets older and their needs change.
Of course, there is no incorrect way to organize the space. The main point here is to begin with the basic furniture and supplies you will use. Rather than the room being cluttered, maintain an orderly area that provides the desired functionality.
Keep the Crib Empty
An easy way to maintain a clutter-free nursery is to keep everything out of the crib except the mattress and baby. That includes bumpers, toys, pillows, and blankets.
Doing so will also help to protect your newborn. There is no risk that they might wiggle around in the crib and get into a position where they cannot breathe.
Maximize the Closet Space
If the room is small or you want to make the most of the closet, install a double-hang closet rod to add more hangers for baby clothes. Another idea is to add more shelving to the closet for storing containers of toys, seasonal clothing, and more. To make it easy to find what you’re looking for, clearly label each bin.
Organize Every Few Months
Your baby will outgrow many things within a short time, from certain toys to clothing. Keep on top of what they need by going through nursery items every couple of months.
To make organizing easier, put the clothes into piles, separating them according to what fits, what they will grow into soon, and what is too small. For the outfits, toys, and books they have outgrown, donate, sell, or give them to a friend. If anything has not been used since the last time you organized, that is likely to be something you can part with too.
Choose Multi-Functional Furniture
A smart way to make the most of the nursery is to choose pieces that can do double duty. For example, the crib may have enough space underneath it for boxes or bins.
Also, storage cubes are an easy way to organize shirts, pants, and toys. Consider using matching bins in the cubes to group similar items together and keep the space looking tidy.
Organize the Baby-Changing Station
This station can be either a table designed specifically for changing diapers or a piece of furniture, such as a dresser, that has a stable surface to attach a changing pad. Some parents choose a dresser because a changing table will no longer serve a purpose when the baby outgrows diapers.
Whichever one you prefer, ensure the changing station stays organized by using easy-to-access storage solutions for supplies, including the wipes and diapers. A large basket is one idea or, if you don’t have enough space on the changing area, consider hanging a shelf.
Team Up with a Professional
Our professional organizers understand post-maternity organizing and are happy to help you create a clean, tidy nursery. A nursery free of stressful clutter is one where you and your newborn can bond and create many happy memories.
As you go around the house organizing, consider getting your kids involved in the process too. Encouraging their organizational skills around the house can help them with schoolwork in the near future, make things easier around the household, and instill good habits they take into adulthood. These tips for toddlers are ones that you can adapt to slightly older kids too.
If they spill their juice, show them how to wipe up the counter or floor. When it comes to small spills like this, your toddler will likely enjoy helping you clean it up.
When they get to the point where they can try pouring the juice themselves, there will be at least a few small spills. That’s to be expected! Show them how to clean the counter or floor with a washcloth, letting them slowly watch you do so before trying it independently.
Putting Things Where They Belong
After your toddler finishes playing with their toys, do they put them away? If you do it for them, start to include them in the process to help them begin organizing.
Create a basket each for different toys, such as one for wooden blocks and another one for crayons. When each bin holds only one type, it’s easier for your little one to distinguish where it goes.
Keep the bins at a low level that your child can reach. If they forget to put toys back at the end of the day, gently remind them. Help them do so and show them how much better the room looks once it’s clean to motivate them to do so again tomorrow.
Turning Off Lights
Energy use is not something you might think your toddler needs to know about yet but turning off lights when not in use is a good habit to begin at a young age. When they realize that being energy efficient is good for the future of the planet, they will want to do their part too.
Consider letting them turn on and off the light switch in a particular room, such as their bedroom or bathroom. Make it fun and easy for them to remember to do so by creating a fun song for them to sing as they turn off the light when entering the room and turn it off when leaving.
Getting Them Involved without Nagging
If you’re unsure how to make organizing fun for the youngster, here are a few pointers. It starts with using a positive tone of voice.
Even if you get frustrated, try to keep that encouraging, uplifting way of speaking. If needed, leave the room for a minute, or take a long sip of coffee before trying again to get your toddler involved in small organizing tasks.
Rather than nagging, be clear as to what you want them to do. For example, “please put your stuffed animals into the bin” (rather than “pick up after yourself”).
Do you want more tips on organizing around the home? Are you tired of trying to clear away the clutter all by yourself? Our professional organizers are here to help. Reach out today to talk about how we can help you achieve what you need at home.
A baby brings so much joy to a home, but it also can bring stress if your living environment isn’t organized. To help make your days easier, try one or more of these tips from our professional organizers.
Use a Calendar
A calendar that everyone in the household has easy access to is essential. It will keep everyone in the loop about daily activities and also their responsibilities.
This calendar covers everything from taking out the trash to who makes dinner tonight. Whether it is a paper calendar that hangs in the kitchen or an electronic one that everyone shares are up to you and your family.
Bins for Toys
The number of toys your little one accumulates will likely grow rapidly. To keep them organized, use clear bins so that you can see instantly what is inside, saving both time and effort when in search of a particular one.
Sort them into categories, such as dinosaurs and dress-up costumes, and then add labels. Before going to bed each night, put them back into the correct bins. As your child gets older, they will take over this nightly responsibility.
Let Go of Stuff
As your baby grows, they will outgrow clothes and toys, as well as needing different essentials. While letting go of adorable onesies is difficult, it is essential to avoid stressful clutter in the home.
Stay on top of things by putting things they have outgrown into containers to donate to charity or give to a family or friend who is expecting a child. Stay on top of it by labeling the items according to age. While it’s difficult to let go of things, many of them will no longer be needed and can help others rather than just sitting in a closet taking up space.
Multiple Baby Change Stations
Having to go to one room in the house every time the baby needs changing is exhausting. Instead, set up two change stations, each one with diapers, wipes, and other must-haves.
Not only will this save you energy but also time. Keep the essentials in a cute basket, so it doesn’t look messy.
Space Out Laundry Loads
For any new mom, laundry is a dreaded chore. It never seems to end, and your day is busy enough already.
To avoid feeling overwhelmed by piles of baby clothes, try to do one load a day. That is more manageable, and you’ll get that great feeling of having it folded and put away by bedtime.
Also, time the load so that it doesn’t slow down your day. For example, put the washing machine on before having breakfast and put on the dryer before leaving the house.
Create Baby’s Nursery Closet
Regular closets are not meant to organize baby’s clothing and other must-haves. To maximize the space, add rods, shelves, and even a dresser in the closet if you have the room.
Our professional organizers are here to help you create an organized closet, even if it’s a small space. We can also provide other valuable time-saving tips to make your day smoother. Our team includes moms who will show you what worked for them and personalize the home to your family’s needs. Reach out to us today for a free consultation!
Congratulations on the upcoming birth of your baby! If you’re wondering how to prep the home for the little one’s arrival, the tips below are for you. By putting in the effort now, you can settle in easier with a newborn at home.
Create Stations Around the House
This is an exciting time but also a chaotic one! The last thing you want to have to do is go to the other end of the house to get diapers or a bottle when your cutie is crying in your arms.
To make your life easier, set up stations around the house for feeding and changing. For example, consider keeping diapers in more places than just the nursery. You might also have stacks in the bedroom and living room, for example. Add wipes and other essentials at each station.
To keep these areas tidy, put the must-haves into bins or baskets. Not only will these storage containers help you keep stuff together, but they will also look attractive.
Get the Needed Supplies – and Plenty of Them
Heading to the store for things you need will be more challenging once the baby arrives than it was before. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be a lot of necessities for the new baby and you, so make sure you stock up on those things now.
Buying a big box of diapers, for example, makes more sense than a smaller one. Also, try to store extras in bins to keep them organized and easy to find when you require them down the road.
Declutter to Make Space for the Baby
Now that you have the items to meet the newborn’s needs, you’ll have to find the space to store them. Even in a small place or if you don’t have a designated nursery, we can still help you do so by getting creative with storage solutions.
An upcoming baby also has a way of shifting parents’ priorities, so you might find that certain things that seemed critical before are now easier to part with. Finding more space is possible by adding shelves to walls, closet organizers, and more.
In addition to clearing drawers and closet space for the baby’s things, also create room in the kitchen. Larger drawers in the kitchen area are great for storing breastfeeding supplies or formula and then more solid foods for them in the future. Choose low drawers so that your little one can reach their snacks when they get old enough to walk.
Sort Their Clothes by Size
It’s probably a fair assumption to say that you have quite a few baby clothes by now. To save time and energy weeding through piles to find something for the newborn to wear each day, organize them based on size before the baby gets here.
The smallest ones will go in the dresser for easy access, while the larger ones can go into totes for use later. Be sure to label each bag so that you know the size as babies grow quickly!
As the due date approaches, reach out to us for additional organizational tips to suit your unique home and preferences. We can also help you maintain storage systems after the baby’s arrival. We are wishing your family much happiness!
February 2019 – For many a post-secondary student, the start of the new year will bring with it a renewed sense of scholastic productivity. Yet if it’s a messy workspace that’s holding them back from academic success, a thorough de-cluttering might be the resolution to prioritize.
With the new year fast approaching a lot of you will be making resolutions to make 2019 better than 2018 was. If you are one of those that makes New Years resolutions, then I know a lot of you will be resolving to get organized this year. In order to avoid being in the same cluttered mess at the end of January, here are some tips on how to help you stick with your clutter free resolution.
Know why you want to be organized
Jot down the main reasons for wanting to get organized. Do you want to have more time to spend with your family or friends? Do you want to reduce your frustration and anxiety levels when you can’t find things? Will being more organized improve your relationships? Will you save money on past due and interest charges and improve your credit rating? Whatever the reason, write them down and keep the list in a conspicuous place until the task is completed. It will be a constant reminder to you.
Tackle one room at a time
Rather than running around the house picking up clutter, pick the one room that causes you the most grief. Start on that room. Be realistic about how much you can give to the task at one time. With every drawer you organize, with every pile you make disappear or with any space you open up give yourself a pat on the back and realize the step you have taken towards an organized and clutter free pace.
Give, store or sell?
There are so many ways to rid yourself of the items you are not going to keep. Family members may want some of the items as a keepsake. Any items that are in good working order or aren’t worn could be sold in a consignment shop or on line. Many charities would love to receive your gently used items to restock their shelves after the holidays.
Get any help you need
A lot of the clients that ClutterBGone has worked with in the past could not have done it alone and there is nothing wrong with asking for help. Enlist the help of friends or family if you feel you just can’t get it done yourself. You can also hire a professional organizing service like ClutterBGone. We can get you organized in no time with our highly skilled team just like we have with hundreds of satisfied clients in the GTA.
So, if you have resolved to get organized in 2019, good for you! Keep these tips in mind. And if you need professional help to get organized just contact us here to get the ball rolling. We love what we do!
Well, Thanksgiving has come and gone and maybe you’re already getting tired of the holiday ads on TV. It’s hard to believe that the holidays are just around the corner. We all know that the holidays around Christmas are the most stressful of the year. Here are a few ideas to help stay calm and organized during this hectic time.
The shopping centers will confirm that a lot of you put off the holiday shopping until the last minute. Set some time aside to get it done earlier. Calendarize it if you need to and treat it like an appointment – no changes. Arrange a babysitter if need be or if you’re able to book an afternoon off work, even better. The shopping malls get crazy with each passing day, as you know. Last minute shopping is the perfect recipe for stress over the holidays and for purchasing items that tend to lead to clutter.
Gather all of your wrapping supplies and keep them in one place. Make a list of what you are short of and get out to buy what you need before the selection is minimal in the stores. A basket or even a box will do to hold the tape, ribbons, bows, etc. that you will need. I use an old cookie tin for bows to keep them from being flattened. Gently tie all of your rolls of wrapping paper together. Prepare a ‘wrapping station’ somewhere in the house and bring all of the gifts to this area for wrapping. Everyone will know where the station is and you will not have to hunt down the supplies when other people wrap gifts.
Christmas to me is all about the meal with family and friends. Sure, the gifts can be nice but there is nothing like the laughs and conversations you have around the dinner table. Make a list now of everything that you will need for dinner. If you order a fresh bird for dinner, get it ordered soon to ensure the type and size is available. If wine is on your list, you can expect crowds at the stores so get out there early while your favourite is still in stock and avoid the long line-ups. Don’t forget the extras like the cranberry sauce and rolls. The Christmas meal is one of my favorites of the year.
Do you have room for the new arrivals?
Now is the time to go through the toys or clothes of your kids and purge what is no longer usable or just doesn’t fit any longer. You know family is going to spoil the kids with a lot of gifts so make room now and reduce the stress of trying to make everything fit into the same space later. Have the kids get involved. It will build their excitement leading up to the big day. Don’t forget about your own closet too.
I’m sure you have already given plenty of thought to what you are going to purchase for your loved ones. Many of us anguish and plead for hints or ideas trying to give that special gift. Many items over the holidays are returned or even worse, not used at all and end up adding the to clutter that people already have. When in doubt gift cards are always appreciated and with the newer consumer laws most will not have an expiry date.
The holidays are traditionally a very stressful time for most of us but with a little bit of planning we can reduce the stress and stay organized during this time. If you need assistance in getting ready for Christmas there is still time. Contact us here to see how we can help.
In many of the project’s ClutterBGone has worked on, we’ve seen the impact that clutter has on relationships. Clutter can have a negative impact on family and friends and can be a factor in a deteriorating relationship. Here are a few ways that clutter can affect a relationship.
Clutter makes you feel tired and depressed
Clutter is overwhelming. Most people living with clutter just can’t find the energy to get started let alone declutter an entire area. Clearing the clutter and living in an organized space gives you a feeling of accomplishment and gives you the energy to do what is important to you. Clutter is also depressing. Feelings of hopelessness can increase with clutter. Relief can come, at some extent, from getting organized and reducing the clutter in your lives. A new, organized space gives a feeling of starting anew with a renewed sense of energy that your family and friends will see right away.
Most disorganized people are procrastinators. Everything is left to the last minute or even later. They find it difficult to put things away immediately and leave it until the clutter has grown into a pile that seems impossible to get to the bottom of. Bills get paid late or not even at all. Interest charges mount, your credit rating is negatively affected and we know that finances are the biggest cause of arguments in a marriage. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to turn this around with a system that we create just for you.
Harmony at home
Clutter is also a cause of arguments at home. The home may always look like a bomb has gone off. Even though your home may be clean, clutter can make it look messy and dirty. If one partner is a neat freak and the other let’s clutter dominate then we have a recipe for arguments. Let’s clear out the clutter, get organized and reduce the things that put a strain on relationships. Lord knows there is enough of those already!
Clutter is isolating
Many people who live with clutter admit that they don’t want to have people over. They are embarrassed with the condition of their home. Social contacts get reduced and you start to miss out on important social activities. Relationships are important to our mental well being. Don’t let clutter rule your social life.
Don’t let clutter negatively affect your family and friends. Let ClutterBGone show you how to declutter your life and improve your relationships. Just contact us here to get things started.
Do you have a friend that seems to be always organized and clutter free? Do you pop in sometimes unexpectedly and their home always looks so neat and tidy? There’s no secret to how they do it but continue reading and I’ll share how you can do it too.
One in, one out
This could be the mantra of ClutterBGone, especially with clothing. Unless you are replacing your entire wardrobe, you need to get rid of one piece of clothing for every new one you bring into your home. This doesn’t only apply to clothing, same goes for all other items entering the home. If you are bringing in an item to replace one that isn’t working, make sure you are putting the old one out as soon as the new one comes in.
Be prepared to donate
I keep a box or bag in my home for items I want to donate, it’s clearly marked “Donate” so all family members know where it can be found. We constantly place items in it that we no longer need or use. Once filled or every couple of weeks or so, we take it in to our local donation center and start again. It helps to keep the house clear of items that are not used by any of us.
Keep the counters clear
Cluttered counters or any horizontal surfaces can make an entire home look cluttered no matter how tidy the rest of the house is. It’s so easy to put something down on a surface with good intentions to get back to it later but never do. Keep all your flat surfaces clear of all clutter to maintain a neat and organized look.
Shop with a purpose
Never go shopping without a list and a need. Remember the old saying, don’t go shopping on an empty stomach? The same holds true for shopping of any kind, not just groceries. Without a purpose to go shopping you will bring home more than you want or need. This just adds expense and clutter to your life.
Tidy up when you leave a room
Pick up everything when you leave a room and put them where they belong. Dirty dishes, books and magazines, electronic devices, everything. It takes just a few seconds and will help keep your rooms looking neat and organized. You may have to drill this into your spouse and kids a few times but soon they will get into the habit as well.
So, you see there are no real secrets to how your friends keep their homes looking so organized and clutter free. It just takes a bit of knowledge and practice. ClutterBGone works throughout the GTA and has a few other tips we would love to share with you. Just contact us here to get started on keeping your home clutter free.
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