Alrighty mamas (and soon to be ones), this post is about nursery hacks, staying organized, and a little bit of my favorite items for Harlie.
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Nursery & Organizing Hacks
1. Diaper Drawer/Caddy. So instead of buying a separate changing table, I decided to use the top of her dresser as the changing area until shes old enough to trade the pad out for a TV. Not only did it save some money, it also saves some room for other necessities in your nursery. Her dresser has six huge drawers, and honestly for now, they aren’t all full because most of her stuff is hung up. So we use the top left side drawer for diaper storage. But if you need all your drawers, you can use something like this diaper caddy.
2. Car Storage. So I just recently started one of these, and it’s already saved my life twice! We were out couch shopping two weekends ago and I realized I never restocked the diaper bag with more diapers! Talk about panic.. I was SO relieved when I had 5 stashed in the caddy in our Tahoe. So what’s in ours? I keep diapers (4-5), pack of wipes, bottle, powder packs of milk (2-3), burp cloth, thin blanket, a toy or two, and a water bottle. I got this one at Target, but I love this one too.
3. Clothing Dividers. I love these cute little dividers for Harlie’s clothes to keep her current and future sizes all organized. If you have twins or close in age kids, you can also find some in S, M, L instead of by months.
4. Toy Storage. I’m actually still deciding exactly how I want to do this for Harlie’s room. I have a little time since she’s still so young and her toys are pretty small right now other than her walker and jumper which can’t be “put away”. I’ll be needing an area that will store both her toys and more books since the 2 shelves I have now only hold about 10 books. Ikea always has some of the best organizational furniture, but sometimes it can be cheaply made and only last a couple years. I like the idea of these stack-able bins, that way you can always rearrange or easily move if needed. If you’re more in the mood for a piece of furniture then This one is great and doubles as a bench.
A few side notes on how I (try) and stay organized, and current fav’s.
*I do at least one load of laundry every other day. This helps me always stay on top of it and never go looking for a pair of underwear, or one of Harlie’s blankets. This will also allow more time on the weekends to not dedicate an entire or half of a day to laundry.
*Clean out the sink every afternoon. If you’re anything like me, walking in the kitchen and seeing a ton of dishes sitting in the sink drives me crazy. If you can just rinse them off after you use them each day and put them in the dishwasher, it will not only keep your house looking cleaner, but you’ll feel better too.
*Do ONE chore a day. Now there are times that I decide to dedicate a whole day or a few hours to cleaning my house, but it is much easier to do one chore a day instead. If its easier for you, make a to-do list. Say Monday’s are bathrooms, Tuesday’s are vacuuming, Wednesday’s is dust/tidy up day, and so on.
*Get the diaper bag out of the car. I got in a habit of leaving the diaper in the car when Harlie was first born. I think because we didn’t really get her out much at all other than to go to my parents, so we didn’t use the bag much. This made for a bad habit because there was several times I forgot to restock something and had to scramble when we were out. Now I’ve made it a rule that the diaper bag gets taken out of the car when baby does! This way I know to check it through before we get back in the car to go somewhere.
*Schedule yourself a “deep clean” day once a month. This is for cleaning fans, baseboards (if needed), and so on.
*Lastly, two or three times a year I go through closets. I start with mine and decide what goes to Goodwill, for sale, or trash (undies, and such). I finally got Justin into closet cleaning too since I kept running out of his hangers because he would never throw any shirts out. For Harlie, I have plastic bins for her clothes and such that we don’t use anymore.
***Harlie has been loving these Chicco NaturalFit Sippy Cups for her non-milk drinks. We’ve been putting plain and Propel water in these for her to have something different to drink. She LOVES Propel water! We are trying to steer clear of juices because of the sugar content for now. We will give her a sip of our sweet tea when we’re out to dinner sometimes, and its safe to say this is definitely a southern girl, because she gets mad when we don’t give her more!
If this helps you in any way, I’d love to hear how! And as always, if YOU have any tricks I could use, don’t be stingy!