Prenatal Home Chores

Lots of people have been asking us how things are coming with getting ready for Baby Sluiter to arrive. Do we have the nursery done? Have we shopped for baby furniture? Have we started on the unfinished rooms downstairs? With only five months until my due date, you would think this overly prepared, list-making, organizational freak would have all of those things checked off and ready to go.

In actuality, the answer to ALL of those questions is…no.

We DO however have a list (see…I DO have a list) of Prenatal Home Chores…things we would like to see done BEFORE our new resident moves in. And we HAVE started those.

Last weekend, while being snowed in, I tackled the downstairs closet while Cortney built us some new bookshelves for the downstairs family room.

Don’t get me wrong, I DO love organization, but I underestimated the amount of crap I had jammed into that closet. That look on my face was NOT staged. That was me mid-whine.

I did get it done that afternoon…with room to spare! This was the important part. I was hoping there would be some room to move stuff in from…well…you will see if you keep reading.
Cort got the bookcases together and put into place. The stuff on them isn’t “right” yet, but that is a job for me…later. But we now have room for more stuff. The goal is to make the family room more kid-friendly. We used to have shelves of 1000’s of CD’s sitting there just waiting for a toddler to yank from the shelves. Not so good. Now, we will hopefully be able to put kid stuff like books on the bottom shelves, and non-kid things, like records and such on the higher shelves.
The next task is the nursery. Yeah…this is it right now. Not good.
It’s basically a hodgepodge of crap that we don’t know what to do with. In the beginning it was a spare room/office. Now it is a dumping ground/ironing room/storage for off-season clothing room/baby gift storage. In short, it’s a headache. Now you know why I had to clear space in the downstairs closet. I need room to pack our crap. It’s probably not surprising either that I keep the door to this room CLOSED.
So our goal in the next couple weeks is to clear out this room of everything NOT baby-related. After that, we can tackle the two unfinished rooms (another bedroom and a bathroom) in our basement. Can we do it all in five months? I guess that really IS the question!

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. missy widener says

    oh you just wait until the third trimester when the nesting gene kicks in and you lock yourself away painting, over and over again…..hehehe…but open a window so fumes don’t overcome you! and you WILL get it done, showers and time will help you get there….and I love organizing and decorating so if you ever need help….can’t wait for Wednesday either! thanks again for always leaving such kind words on my site…you make me feel loved!