The holidays have been over for a few weeks, and it’s about that time when things are settling down. Life is getting back to normal after the hectic holiday schedule, frantic shopping and the massive amounts of sugar and treats. It’s a really good time to take a breath and reboot for the new year, and that includes your baby and the nursery! Here are a few tips on how to get back on the happy and healthy bandwagon and start fresh in 2015!
Inventory the Gifts. It’s typical that the babies and children in the family are the ones that end up with all the gifts—people just can’t resist buying adorable outfits and cute toys for the little ones. However, that usually means you end up with a house full of new things and nowhere to put them. This is a great time to gather up the toys your child doesn’t play with anymore and the clothes that no longer fit. You can give things to friends, family or a charity, or you could even sell them online. For a list of charities that accept toy donations year round, click here.
Wean Off the Sugar. Even if you’re a strictly healthy eater, it’s really hard to avoid sugary treats during the holidays, and it’s nearly impossible to keep your little ones away. And then there are the leftovers and huge baskets of cookies that always end up lasting for weeks after the holidays are over. Throw those tempting treats away, freeze them or at least move them out of sight so your child no longer asks for them. If you’re still craving a sweet treat, try these Almond Thumbprint Cookies—they’re a healthier option with no refined sugar.
image from The Detoxinista
Clean Up. Whether you hosted or attended the holiday parties, your home probably suffered. The hectic schedule this time of year often leaves little time to clean and organize, not to mention the exhaustion that hits after the holidays are over! Take a Sunday afternoon and clean the house as a family—organize the wrapping supplies, take down the lights if they’re still up and have your children put away their new toys. If you need additional storage, check out these great canvas bins available in The Project Nursery Shop.
Storage Bins from The Project Nursery Shop
Reassess Your Storage Situation. After your child receives new toys and gets rid of some of the older ones, you may have to re-examine your storage needs. Move things around in the nursery or bedroom as needed, especially if your kids received larger toys like this dollhouse from KidKraft—it’s amazing, but it will take up a lot of space!
image from Hayneedle
A fresh start always feels good, and we wish you all the very best in 2015!