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Storing for Baby, Part 1: Baby’s Arrival

If you are planning or already expecting, having a baby can mean a lot of large objects in your home that you didn’t have there before. Crib, rocking chair, changing table and all the baby items can cause chaos in your home. We have some great tips for you to organize for your new baby items and how using a self-storage unit is a benefit during this exciting time.

We wanted to share tips from one our fellow property managers who welcomed her precious baby in December 2016. Being organized and utilizing your self storage unit will really help you keep hold of your sanity. After this you can be better prepared if or when you plan to have more children.

After the baby shower, you look around your home and there is baby stuff everywhere! Diapers are stacked in the living room, baskets and baby clothes in the bedroom, the crib, stroller and swing waiting in the nursery to be built. As the anxiety sets in you realize you have nothing done or where to put these things. That means start organizing.

Baby Clothes.

The first step is the baby clothes. Start by washing everything, when it comes to baby clothes, it’s important to either use hypoallergenic or baby detergent. However, stay away from detergents and fabric softeners that are scented if you plan to use a storage unit to keep everything until you need it. Scented laundry detergent can attract bugs and mice, to your storage unit. It’s also important to completely dry items as well. Moisture can also cause issues like mold and mildew growth.

Next, organize clothing by gender (if necessary) and size. Keep all the newborn and 0-3 month clothing together, because they grow so fast at that time! Plus, organizing by size will save time and stress when needing to size up later. Then fold each item neatly, and place it in a moving box or plastic storage tote with seal-able lids. Be sure to clearly label each box with what’s inside, especially the sizes. That way you can quickly grab the box of the next size when that time comes. Stack the boxes with newborn and 0-3 months on top with the larger sizes in order toward the bottom.

Helpful Tip: Never use free boxes from grocery stores or other retail stores for clothing. These boxes may have food residue or other irritants that could attract pests or compromise the clothing. They are also designed for short term use and will start to damage rather quickly. We offer a variety of boxes for sale in our retail shop that is specially designed for the storage industry. They will not crush or sag over time and are specially treated to help prevent mold and mildew.

Active Gear.

Whether you have to build it yourself or someone gave you used rockers or swings. Wash the removable cloth on the rockers, swings and activity centers and dried them thoroughly. Then spray and wipe down the rest of the parts with child-safe cleaner. Place the removable cloth parts in a plastic bins, labeled with the contents and place in the corner of the storage unit beside the physical pieces. Place the new boxed items against the back wall, and the used items in front.

Then you put the crib and changing table in the storage unit. Place them facing outward so when you are ready for them they are easy to get to. Any screws and bolts you have place them in (double bagged) zip lock bags labeled for the crib. Even if the crib mattress still has the plastic on it but you still want an extra layer of protection, you can purchase a twin mattress cover in the retail shop in the rental office.  Since you’ve placed everything in the storage unit you could go back and get it quickly and easily then assemble things a little closer to our due date.

Toys, Books, Keepsakes and More.

After storing the clothes and active gear you might have some toys, books and keepsake items still left to store. Let’s not forget the other small items babies need like their shampoo, soap, diaper cream etc. Babies need a lot; luckily you have a storage unit.

You can purchase a few medium and large boxes in the retail shop and organized them like this.

  • In a medium box, put the bottles, bottle brushes, extra nipples and other “feeding items”.
  • In another medium box, put all the health stuff, like thermometers, nail clippers, hair brushes, soaps and lotions.
  • In a large box, place any stuffed animals or plush toys you may have received. As added comfort and an extra layer of protection for these, you can place them inside a very large zip lock bag first.

Make a list of each box and what exactly is stored in them, so you know what you have and what you still need to purchase. Make sure your boxes are labeled clearly and you can place them along the changing table since you may want to keep them close.

Now everything should be nicely organized and tucked away. You can place your clothes on the left, furniture to the right, “extra” unnecessary items towards the back and all the things that you will need first towards the front. Hopefully with these tips you will feel more prepared.

Setting Up the Nursery.

Since everything is in your storage you can room to prepare the nursery. This will give you the space to steam clean the carpet and paint the walls. Once you get the prep work out of the way you can easily start to move the crib and changing table into the nursery.

Next you can add a dresser to place the baby’s bibs, blankets, and clothes. You can put the diapers into the changing table along with all the lotions, wipes, and powders. It will help if you label everything ahead of time. This gives you a chance when you’re putting everything away to check what you still need, if you do need anything else. Planning and organizing everything will defiantly help you before the baby makes its grand entrance into the world.

Having everything out of the house and put away neatly in your storage unit is a great help as you prepare your home for the baby. We conveniently have boxes, plastic covers, tape and stretch wrap available to purchase in the rental office at the storage facility.

If you’ve just realized that you have more baby items than you can handle, you can reserve or rent a storage unit online at any time and get started. You can also call any of our friendly property managers or stop by at our location and they will be glad to help you out.