As a follow up to Storing for Baby, Part 1: Before Baby Arrives, we wanted to also share with you how you can continue benefiting from your storage unit once the baby is older. Your storage unit will also help you if you plan on having another baby.
Once your sweet baby comes home from the hospital, it will not take long for your once picture perfect nursery looks like a hurricane hit it. There are some babies that stay in newborn clothes and diapers for months, others never fit in them or grow out of them in a few days. That beautiful bassinet that lets the baby stay within arm’s length, the baby hates it! Not to mention the other items that you months before baby arrived, stress from all the stuff everywhere! It’s time to visit that storage unit again.
You might have one to two trips worth of stuff to head back to your storage unit. Maybe you’re hoping for another baby someday, and most of the things we have are in great shape, but at the time you will need this space for baby number one. The key is keeping all your baby items in great shape, whether you store it for a few days, months, or years. Once you decide to start trying for baby number two, you will be glad you took the time to preserve and store baby number ones extra stuff.
Make sure clothes and the cloth parts of toys and sleepers are clean is key to keeping good condition items that way. Sending things back to storage with spit up, baby food or even detergent scents could attract unwanted pests into your storage unit. Wash each item thoroughly with unscented detergent. Dry completely to prevent growth of mildew and mold. Wipe and spray toys and other items with a good cleaner to get any dirt or food residue off of the items.
Step 2: Separate Into Categories.
You may have that motherly feeling to keep everything, like that tiny white onesie with spit up stains. You don’t need that. The next baby will have his or her very own to spit up on. Which means all out-grown clothes and other items should be separated by the following: keepsake, trash and hand-me-downs.
- For keepsakes, you can store things in a small tote and include they baby’s hospital clothing, coming home outfit, hospital blanket and holiday outfits. You can also leave room to add more over the years. You can even keep your baby shower cards in this tote as mementos as well.
- Things to trash are things that look faded and worn out and anything that was stained or torn.
- Hand-me-downs can be organized by size. Fold them neatly and labeled the boxes with what season they were appropriate for and the sizes. This would also be handy if you are expecting to have another baby during the summer.
- 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!
The diaper genie lost its appeal when you have to take out the trash every day. The baby starts to hate the swing after the first month. Our advice is to figure out what you are not using or will not be using, because some you will need room for the jumpers, walkers, and highchairs as the baby grows, Not only that but you want to keep it for the next baby, a friend, or for a family member may be expecting.
For things that required assembling to use, take pictures of it while still assembled for future building reference. If you thought it was complicated to put together, you can film the disassembling with your phone for later reference. If the gear has cloth, remove it and 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 the cloth pieces in a tote labeled with the contents. Then disassemble what you can, place in plastic bags and insert the pictures then label what it is for easy 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 putting clothing back into storage, it is smart to first remove the boxes of the next sizes you need. Then place the un-needed clothing at the bottom of the stack, or behind the next sizes in line. Make sure all labels are clearly written and facing forward, easy to see. It’s also best to label the top and at least two sides of each box or tote.
You should also assess what gear you may need soon. Whether baby looks like he may be ready to play in the jumper or walker or if he is able to sit in a highchair yet, you are going to need them sooner than you think. I would 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. And, 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 your plate 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.