8 reasons to declutter and organise your home when you’re expecting a baby

Decluttering and organising your home can feel like a daunting task that you can never find the right time to start, but the lead up to the birth of a new baby provides the perfect opportunity to tackle this project. Once the early hormone rollercoaster of the first trimester has settled down, many women feel energised and motivated, and are ready to tackle a project.. You can also take advantage of your nesting instincts to create a more organised and comfortable living space just in time for your little ones’ arrival.

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Here are 8 reasons to declutter and organise your home when you’re expecting a baby

  1. Increased energy

During the second trimester you may experience a burst of energy known as the “energy spike”. This increased energy level can make you feel more motivated to tackle larger projects such as decluttering and organising your home. You can use this extra energy to go through your belongings, making decisions about what to keep and what to donate/recycle or throw away. If you’re struggling to know where to begin, consider hiring a professional home organiser to help kick-start the decluttering process.

  1. Nesting instincts

Nesting instincts are a common phenomenon experienced by many expectant mums during pregnancy. This natural urge to prepare your home for the arrival of your baby can include activities such as cleaning, decluttering and organising your living space. Decluttering your home can, not only, help you create a more organised living space, but it can also satisfy your innate nesting instincts.

  1. Improved comfort

Decluttering your home can help create a more comfortable and relaxing living space. Removing items that you no longer need, or use can free up storage and reduce clutter which can make your home feel more spacious and comfortable. Also, organising your belongings in a logical and efficient manner can also help reduce stress and create a more peaceful living environment.

  1. Baby preparation

The second trimester is a great time to prepare your home for your new arrival. Decluttering and organising your home can help make space for your baby’s belongings such as a crib, changing table and toys. You may find you suddenly get lots of hand-me-downs and gifts (especially varying ages of baby clothes) from friends or family so sorting them into categories as soon as possible will help make it easier to find items you need quickly and efficiently once your baby arrives.

  1. Better sleep

In all stages of pregnancy getting a decent night’s sleep is really important, however it’s scientifically proven that a cluttered space can make it difficult to relax and sleep comfortably. Decluttering and organising your home can help reduce stress and create a more peaceful sleep environment. Removing items that you no longer need or use can also free up space and make it easier to move around your home at night. Night-feeds are hard enough without tripping over clutter when you’re half asleep!

  1. Improved mental health

A disorganised home can contribute to feelings of stress, anxiety and depression. When your hormones are already raging, feeling unhappy about your house is the last thing you need. Decluttering can help reduce these feelings by creating a more organised and peaceful living space. Not to mention the actual act of decluttering and organising can be therapeutic and help improve your mental well-being.

  1. Increased productivity

Decluttering and organising your home can also help increase your productivity as a cluttered living space can often make it difficult to focus and complete tasks efficiently. Start small with just a cupboard or shelf. As your home becomes more organised you’ll create a more productive living environment so preparing your home for a new baby becomes really easy.

  1. Save money

Decluttering your home can also help you save money. Having a baby can be expensive so saving where you can is essential. By organising your space and ensuring every object has a home, you’ll prevent yourself from repeat-buying items because they’ve ended up lost amongst the clutter.

The time during pregnancy provides the perfect opportunity for many, to declutter and organise your home in preparation for a baby. The increased energy level and nesting instincts you may experience during this time can make it easier to tackle projects and the benefits of decluttering and organising your home can have a positive impact on your physical and mental health, your finances and overall comfort. By organising your home whilst pregnant, you can enjoy precious time with your newborn without the stress of a cluttered home.


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