So you’re pregnant. Do you need to declutter?

Hey Pregnant Friend.

How is the morning sickness? It sucks, I know. I’ve got some pretty random advice for you. Remember from last time you don’t have to listen to me.

Babies = stuff. Stuff that takes up heaps of space in your home. Stuff that potentially becomes clutter, clutter that potentially looks messy. I don’t function the best when my house is messy (partly because I am a control freak, partly because I was raised in what appeared to be a display home, thanks Mum). If you are similar to me in that respect Pregnant Friend (and I know you sort of are), then you might find this post useful. If not, then you don’t have to waste your time reading further, I won’t be offended.

When Bub first arrived it was almost impossible for me to find the time or energy to brush my teeth and get out of my pyjamas, let alone do any form of housework. One thing I know that has absolutely reduced the amount of work around the house my partner and I have to do is decluttering. Decluttering helped me to cope better, not only with having Bub, but also moving home one month before Bubs arrival. As a bonus, by getting rid of the stuff you don’t need, you have more room for all your babies stuff (that potentially you don’t need).

Do you have a pile of cardboard boxes in your garage from when you moved five months ago? Have you never used that slushie machine your friend gave to you when she moved to Melbourne three years ago? Do you have books and DVDs that you read and watched a decade ago, some of which you didn’t even like that much? Do you have a 5 cent coin collection from when you were 10 years old? Do have clothes that you bought thinking they would inspire you to lose weight, then you just put on weight, and you have never actually worn them? Have you kept paper bills that you paid five years ago? Have you just found a box and you have no idea what is inside of it?

Those are all examples of crap that I had! It is crap that I got rid of. Decluttering felt so good. It took ages to do, but slowly I sold, donated and chucked out all my useless crap.
So my advice to you Pregnant Friend (as strange as it sounds), if you have a bunch of stuff that you haven’t used in a while, or never used, is to declutter. Do it now before your baby arrives. Do it now before you are heavily pregnant, because that bump gets hard to move.

My worst nightmare
My worst nightmare. From https://www.flickr.com/photos/tallkev/4082110101

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6 thoughts on “So you’re pregnant. Do you need to declutter?”

  1. Yes I totally agree, more stuff means more time spent tidying, cleaning and all.

    Just having enough is actually sufficient but then again it depends on each individuals’ definition of enough.

    Babies actually don’t need that much stuff. It’s what we adults, assume that they do 🙂

  2. One of the joys of living in a flat is that there just isn’t room for clutter. I was very thankful of that when Freya came along. Plus I was already in that mindset so didn’t get half the stuff they said she needed (she didn’t).

    1. Yes, living in a flat does force you to have less clutter. We lived in one just before Bub was born but I made sure when we moved I didn’t get more stuff. I was already in the mindset too, so it helps not bringing stuff home in the first place.

  3. I am constantly going through our belongings to see what can be donated or thrown away. I like the peace that comes with having just as much as we need and no more.

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