In my house, everything has a place to belong. From my neatly arranged and alphabetized spice cabinet to my color and season coordinated wardrobe closet. Organization is the key to my happiness…and sanity.
Seven years ago when my husband and I exchanged our wedding vows, he promised to always put his socks away and try his hardest to keep the Tupperware cabinet clean. He knew in our house “an organized life equals happy wife”. Let’s just say- I guess there are worse wedding vows to break.
Fast forward 7 years and I find myself carefully coordinating J’s nursery so that hopefully one day he will learn and adopt the family motto, “an organized life equals happy mommy”.
BINS!! I love bins! I love baskets! I love cute little containers! Basically, anything, where I can store or hide toys, clothes, diapers, towels, and shoes, is a must-have in my house. Anything from wicker, rattan, metal, canvas, plastic, tin, wood, big or small and everything in between is an organizational dream come true.
So where do all my baskets go, you ask? My next obsession…cubes! Cube storage in kid’s rooms or playrooms is a lifesaver (you can buy the ones I used here). Where else am I going to store all of my bins? From the beginning, I knew I wanted cubes in his nursery, but with a small space and so many other necessities (crib, dresser, rocker, bookcase) it ended up being too cramped to fit my cubes.
So I took to the closet and had a revelation. If I painted (and by I, I actually mean my husband because I’m pregnant and not supposed to be exposed to paint fumes) the closet the same color as the rest of the nursery and kept the doors open, it would be as though the closet was an extension of the nursery. Of course, my husband hated the idea of painting the closet. Why? Because he hates painting! But again, I’m pregnant and he loves me and so ultimately he paints the closet!
I put the two 6 -cube organizers side by side and filled every last one with books, canvas bins, and cute little knick-knacks.
Above each bin, I used my favorite tool…and my husband’s least favorite…my handy label maker to make a brief description of what is in each bin. They are also alphabetized: Bags, Bath, Dis. Diapers, Hangers, Sheets, and Shoes.
Above the cubes are all of J’s cute little clothes, nicely displayed from newborn to 12 months. To separate the sizes, I made tags that hang in between.
A neat trick I learned for hanging little pants…attach them to a regular hanger with clothespins. They’re much cheaper than buying pant hangers! The cheapest place to buy clothespins is Walmart but if you can’t get out of the house buy them here on Amazon.
Above the clothes…more bins! I bought green fabric bins on sale at Target (you can find them online here). I filled them with even more clothes and toys that little J will grow into.
View the rest of J’s nursery here.
Check back soon for a post of where I purchased some of the items in J’s closet.
Tell me in the comments below how you organize your baby’s closet?
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