Making Space for the Arrival of a New Baby

Making Space for the Arrival of a New Baby
Space is never more at a premium than when a baby is on the way, but most of us hoard our belongings so de-cluttering to make room for the new addition to the family can feel like a Herculean task. Putting your things in storage can help create that much needed space without throwing things out you might need later. And by following these storage tips, you’ll have a clutter free home in no time. 

Making Space for the Arrival of a New Baby

Size is everything.

Estimating how much space you will need for your storage items can be simple if you know what you want to store. First up, make a list of the items and then group them according to how you will organise them. Start by identifying items that will be packed in boxes and stacked, then prioritise boxed items you will want to access most frequently (they’ll go closer to the front of the room).

Divide by fragility or weight, as heavier (make sure you have someone to do the heavy lifting if you’re expecting), sturdier items should be stored on the bottom of stacked items with fragile items on top. Then consider awkwardly-sized items that won’t stack well, including how often you will need to use them, and how heavy they are. Finally, take note of how these items will be packed and organised. Boxes and containers should be of uniform size, and should be stacked no more than a few boxes high (depending on the type of box you use).

 

Storing Books

Books can be surprisingly heavy if too many of them are stacked together so the best way to pack these is to use small boxes for efficient use of the self storage space. You may need more of them, but they’ll be easier to move about should you need to. Making these alphabetical will also make finding one specific book far quicker, as will organising by theme if you’d prefer. Stack smaller books over larger books and make sure that they’re arranged horizontally (never vertically) because it can damage the spine.

 

Storing Clothing
If you’re turning your spare bedroom into a nursery, you may want to store a mattress or two. Wrap your mattresses in the special bags available at most supermarkets and DIY stores. These not only prevent them from losing shape but protect them from absorbing moisture as well. Use a dehumidifier to draw out excess moisture from the unit you use if needed, but the self-storage facility should already be temperature controlled to prevent this. Check on the mattress occasionally to see if it needs adjustments to storage conditions. If you store it for longer than a year, change the plastic covering once annually.

Cupboards are generally bulky and take up a lot of room, so organise your unit so that you can place linen and other clothes within them for extra self storage. Otherwise, clothing should be stored in wardrobe boxes, on hangers, to retain their original shapes. Keep out of season clothes accessible, as you may need to store your clothing for longer than anticipated. Finally, place some moth balls inside the boxes where you store your clothes to prevent any damage.

 

 Storing Matresses

If you’re turning your spare bedroom into a nursery, you may want to store a mattress or two. Wrap your mattresses in the special bags available at most supermarkets and DIY stores. These not only prevent them from losing shape but protect them from absorbing moisture as well. Use a dehumidifier to draw out excess moisture from the unit you use if needed, but the self-storage facility should already be temperature controlled to prevent this. Check on the mattress occasionally to see if it needs adjustments to storage conditions. If you store it for longer than a year, change the plastic covering once annually.

 

Writing on All Sides

Write down what each box contains and to what kind of room it belongs. Don’t just write it on one side, as sometimes it may be stacked in such a way that your label will be hidden from view. This saves time when trying to remove one item from your unit. If you don’t want to write directly onto something, buy some masking tape and a marker pen.

And there you have it – everything packed up and stored!

At Big Yellow Self Storage you can store things of all shapes & sizes, with room sizes from 9 sq ft up to 400 sq ft for as long as you’d like for as little as a week, month, year or as long you’d like.

 

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3 Comments

  1. Whimsical Wife
    July 7, 2010 / 1:43 pm

    Shall study very carefully – currently my new arrival will be sleeping in a draw!

  2. Becky
    Author
    July 7, 2010 / 7:07 pm

    A drawer is fine as long as you don’t shut it!

  3. CNA Training
    July 23, 2010 / 1:51 am

    It’s posts like this that keep me coming back and checking this site regularly, thanks for the info!

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