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Ask a Mom: How to get your home ready for your new arrival
If you're a new parent, you have plenty of things to consider when it comes to your baby, and one of those things is figuring out how you can create a space that's welcoming to your newborn.
It doesn't have to be overwhelming. It's all about understanding your space and realizing what is necessary to save—and what's worth getting rid of—in order to create an amazing space.
Look for obvious hazards
First, check for any obvious potential safety hazards.
"The grandmas would come over and say, 'That's not safe for the baby, you need to get rid of that table,'" says Krystal, one of the moms in the Parents video says. That table might be a gorgeous accessory, but finding a safer option will keep your mind at ease and welcome your newborn to a home that's just as inviting.
Get rid of unnecessary clutter
Whether you're making the move to a bigger space for your growing family, or planning to rework your current space to make it family-friendly, now is as good of time as any to refresh your living space for your next chapter.
"We moved about one month before JB was born," Gwen, another mom from the video, says. "It was a really good opportunity for me to declutter, to get rid of the things that we didn't need, to put things into storage, and to only bring the things we wanted or cherished into our home."
Get creative with your existing space
Clearing any excess from your home will help make better use of your existing space.
"We actually turned our closet into a nursery," Luisa, another Parents' mom, says. "We really took advantage of the vertical space, so we added lots of shelves and hooks, and it's really worked out great."
From converting a spare room into a nursery or moving the things you don't actually need to storage, it's easy to create a home for this new chapter in your life.
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Maggie Dickman is a Chase contributor who lives in Des Moines, Iowa. Her work has appeared on MORE.com, Track 7 and CLRVNT.