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Organizing to make room for a baby

Hello from Edmonton, where it doesn’t feel like Christmas yet but it sure is coming fast! I am now in my 6 month of pregnancy and have a holiday break coming up on the horizon. My big plan during this time off is to seriously declutter and get organized. Part of me wonders how it’s possible that we have to continue decluttering and purging because we’ve been doing it pretty regularly over the last 2.5 years. In either case, it’s clear that there’s no room in our home for a baby and all the things he will need. Just last week, I was putting dishes away and it dawned on me – there’s absolutely no room in our cupboards for baby bottles! So, it’s time once again to go through cupboards, drawers and closets to start getting rid of the old to make room for the new.

My process through this journey will be the same as my 3-day decluttering dare that I recently announced except I will probably personally do each section quicker than within 3 days because I’m pretty experienced by now. The first step will be to take everything out of my cupboards (or closets, or drawers) and evaluate every item. The evaluation process will give me the time to really think about the last time I used certain items and whether or not any of them are useful at all. If not, then off they will go to our donation pile. Someone, somewhere out there will need these items but I certainly don’t so I want to spread the love and share my items with those who need them most. After evaluating everything, I will start to create piles. As previously mentioned, one will be a donation pile, another will be a keep pile and the finally a recycle pile and MAYBE garbage if something is completely broken or unusable. Finally, after creating piles and moving our donations items aside, I should have fewer things left which will help me to decide how I wish to organize what remains. It’s hard to say right now how this will all go because I have several spaces to work on though it’s safe to note I’m pretty motivated.

There is also the office/catch-all/litter room that is eventually going to be the baby’s room. We bought ourselves a new Macbook Pro for Christmas this year (and it’s wrapped under the tree right now because it was for Christmas afterall!) so once we open it up and set it all up, the old computer and desk will be gone from the space thus creating some extra room in preparation for the renovations that will follow. The rest of the items are a huge pile of give-away items, a dresser with some of our stuff in it, luggage, vacuum, cat carrier and the litter box. We will be fully ripping down walls and re-insulating that room when my parents visit in February so it will remain the litter room until their arrival. There are still plenty of other items to sort through though so our Christmas break will be consumed by organizing while I’m still able to move comfortably during the so-called “happy trimester”

During this process, I will do my best to take some before and after photos so you can see the transformation take place in our very own home! Please stay tuned to see what we manage to accomplish over the holidays. In the meantime, I’m wishing you and yours a super Happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year! I hope 2017 brings you as much love and light as I expect my 2017 to be!

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