Your shoes are color-coded, all of the DVDs Netflix made you forget about are alphabetized, and your kitchen gadgets are stored in super-slick little bins. Yay! You鈥檝e got the organization essentials totally covered. Your pre-baby home is super organized. But now that you鈥檙e about to be a new mom, you have an entirely new set of stuff to sort and manage. So let鈥檚 look at some new ways to get organized before your new baby!

1. Sort your sizes. The baby stash your friends showered you with is beyond awesome. You have a rainbow of kiddo clothes in a buffet of sizes. You need to plan for what your newborn will wear right now, but you also want to organize the rest of their dainty little duds. Obviously, the newborn or size 0-3s are going in the dresser drawers or hanging in the closet. Keep the rest of the gear (sizes 3-6, 6-9 and 鈥 you get the picture) somewhere else. Use clear plastic bins with dividers in them to arrange each size grouping. This lets you see how much of each size you have, making it easier to move in new clothes as your baby grows. It also helps you notice what鈥檚 missing, meaning you can shop to fill the gaps.

2. Line up the linens. Bath towels, hand towels, washcloths 鈥 they all have their very own special place. With baby coming soon, your linen closet is suddenly exploding with hooded towels, crib sheets, changing pad covers, and burp cloths. Before baby gets here, that storage space needs a major overhaul. Start by completely separating your stuff from the kiddo鈥檚. (No full-grown adult wants to get out of the shower and grab an infant-sized towel.) If possible, store baby鈥檚 bed linens close to their crib to make for much easier middle-of-the-night diaper overflow sheet changes. Give baby鈥檚 bath-time gear its own shelf, storing towels/washcloths with shampoo, body wash, and water toys.

3. Clear the clutter. Get ready for the takeover! Even the most stylish and chic house is about to become stuffed and cluttered. Your soon-to-be baby is about to bring their stuff into every corner of your abode. Make way for all the things that come with a new baby by decluttering what you already have. Begin with the breakables. In less than a year, your baby will be up and active: That means your grandma鈥檚 antique vase is a prime target for their curious little hands. Keep the decluttering going by removing anything potentially dangerous (like the samurai sword your S.O. just had to have). Now clear out things that serve absolutely no purpose. The 鈥渋nteresting鈥 little statue your college roommate gifted you can probably go, and so can the purely decorative shoe tree.

4. Make the most of multitaskers. You鈥檙e all about kicking up your feet at the end of the day, so you bought an ottoman to do just that. But that doesn鈥檛 mean it can鈥檛 pull double-duty. The super-stylish ottoman can have a secret 鈥 it opens into a storage bin! Swap out anything you can for a multitasking option. The coffee table can have shelving for toys underneath, and the changing table can also house linens, diapers, and wipes.

5. Prep the pantry. Okay, so you鈥檝e decided to breastfeed. Does that mean you don鈥檛 really need to change what鈥檚 going on in your kitchen yet? Even if you鈥檙e absolutely, positively sure you鈥檒l nurse, you never know when things won鈥檛 go as planned. Your milk doesn鈥檛 come in, there鈥檚 a medical issue, or your baby just can鈥檛 get the hang of that latch thing, and suddenly you鈥檙e bottle feeding. Clear out a shelf or a cabinet, designating it for baby only. Stock bottles (just in case), nipples, measuring cups and spoons for formula, and anything else baby might need. You can even get a jump on the solid foods and sippy cup years by packing away a few pint-sized plates and other eating utensils.

6. Load and lock. Don鈥檛 wait until your kiddo is crawling around to start storing potentially poisonous or otherwise dangerous items away. Instead of leaving the cleaning products under the bathroom sink, in a kitchen cabinet, or scattered around the rest of your house, gather them together and put them far, far away from prying little hands. Lock them in a basement cabinet, or get a storage bin that you can completely secure. Keep the chemicals above baby and toddler level, making it impossible for your little one to ever reach them, even if someone forgets a lock or a latch.

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