Organizing the Nursery Closet

When it comes to being organized I’ll be the first to admit that I could do a lot better. My house may look clean and uncluttered on Instagram but open up any drawer or cabinet and whoa!!

I’m definitely one of those people that hate visual clutter – it gives me complete anxiety and can make a room feel dirty even when it really isn’t. I’m guilty of piling things up or hiding them away in cabinets and drawers just so I don’t have to look at the mess because for me…as long as I don’t have to see the mess, the house instantly feels cleaner . It’s my dirty little secret that’s not so much of a secret anymore…

BUT!!!!!

The nursery is the one exception to my horrible organizational ways. It’s dang organized in there! In this post I talked about how we re-worked the closet by adding some shelves and was able to improve the storage capacity of the nursery closet overall. Adding shelves allowed us to bring in bins – to house all the tiny things – and it gave everything a home of it’s own…something I’ve learned is super important in order to be and stay organized. Just ask these girls (my real life girl crushes).

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On the very top shelf of the closet (those grey felt bins) are diapers of varying sizes. When Emie was born we had NB through size 3 diapers up there – a size in each bin. It was super helpful to have not only overflow diapers in her current size but to have the next size up as well. Babies grow so quickly and you never know from day to day when they’ll wake up and suddenly outgrow something.

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As she’s gotten older and is now in size 3 diapers, we don’t keep as many diapers up there as we did before. We have 4 bins up top and here’s what we keep up there:

  • one bin is for overflow diapers in her current size
  • one bin is for diapers in the next size up
  • two of the bins are for clothing/shoes she’s outgrown

It’s super helpful and keeps me organized to have a designated area for clothing she’s outgrown, rather than letting it accumulate somewhere else or in the drawers until I have time (what is time?) to do something with it. This has worked out really well for us so far and helps keep her room mostly organized.

For the shelves that we built we brought in fabric bins and labeled them with grey chalk board tags based on what was inside.

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The 1st shelf has:

COVERS (Boba wrap / nursing covers/ boppy covers / changing pad covers)
SUN (hats / sunglasses / swimsuits / rash guards / swim diapers)
BIBS + BURPCLOTHS

The middle shelf has:

BEDDING (sheets / crib skirts / mattress covers)
BATH (towels / washcloths / bath robe)

The bottom shelf has:

WIPES
Quick note about the wipes: I could have put them up top with the extra diapers but quickly learned just how fast we go through wipes so it made more sense to put them down low where they were easily accessible.
BLANKETS (quilts / swaddles / muslin blankets)

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On the right side where her clothing lives: everything on the top rod can be worn now – organized by color. Yes, I’m fully aware of how ridiculous my OCD is.

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Everything on the bottom rod is next size up – again with the idea that as she grows I want to have the next size up washed and ready to go. I use these slim non-slip baby hangers to save on space (they now have black/gold hangers that I totally would’ve purchased had they been available when I started the nursery!). Matching hangers is a small investment that I think is totally worth it and reduces the visual clutter.

For outfits that have a set of matching bloomers, we hang the bloomers right on the hanger with the outfit – no more digging through the dresser drawers to find bloomers to match! I credit my Mom for this genius idea.

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On the shelf above the bottom rod, we keep a few décor items and decorative pillows used for her crib that aren’t meant to be slept with plus a few pairs of shoes she wears the most.

Confession: she hasn’t ever worn those pink flats – they’re still too big! There’s usually a pair of walking shoes and those suede booties that she wears daily – but the those pink flats are adorable and looked better in photos! Lest you think my daughter walks around in velvet flats all day errrday…psh!

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The empty space below the shelves / rods on either side of the closet is utilized too. On the left we keep her hamper, a tall bin of stuffed animals that she loves digging into, and on the right we is where her larger toys go at the end of the day  currently just a shopping cart that she received from Christmas. As she grows, I see this space being used to store toys like a dollhouse, baby stroller, or toy vacuum.

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We currently don’t have any doors on her closet but it’s definitely something we want to add. I thought for a hot second I could live with that open concept vibe but no. Just no. Who do I think I am? I am too OCD for that. Doors ASAP please!

A Sweet Nursery | The Sources

A Sweet Nursery | The Sources

I hope you enjoyed the nursery reveal from last week because today I’m back to share all the details on where everything came from that made this room such a special place for our special little girl. We worked hard over the course of several months putting this room together and it’s easily one of my favorite rooms in our entire house!

By far the biggest transformation came from just a few gallons of paint alone – it’s amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do for a space. For less than a $100 and a few days worth of work, we brightened up this room in a major way.

There are still some things I’d like to add (a ladder for blanket storage), change (a taller dresser), and tweak (I’m thinking a fun colored ceiling) but for now it’s perfect for our little girl! Enough chit-chat…let’s get down to details:

 


COMPLETE SOURCE LIST 

Wall Color – Chantilly Lace by Benjamin Moore | Juju Hat – Etsy | Bird Mobile – Etsy | Crib – Buy Buy Baby | Crib Sheet – Buy Buy Baby | Pink + Gold Pillow – HomeGoods | Heart Pillow -HomeGoods (Similar) | Lamb – Nordstrom | Grey Lumbar Pillow – HomeGoods | Love Pillow – HomeGoods (Similar) | Black Braided Rug – Rugs USA | White Shag Rug – Rugs USA | Antelope – HomeGoods | Gold Frames – Target | Animal Pictures – Etsy | Curtain Rod – Lowes | Blush Drapes – West Elm | White Pillow – H&M Home | Pink Lumbar – H&M Home | Clear Lidded Canister – H&M Home (Similar) | Grey + White Cup – H&M Home | Gold Mocs – Amazon | Black Moto Boots – Kate Spade | White Shelf – Ikea | Pom-Pom Garland – Etsy | Ceramic Lamp – Target | Wipe Dispenser – Amazon | Soap Pumps – Target | Basket – HomeGoods (Similar) | Dresser – Thrifted | Gold Lamp – Target | Glider – Buy Buy Baby | Mud Cloth Blanket – Flea Market (Similar) | Grey Throw – HomeGoods (Similar) | White Garden Stool – Home Goods (Similar) | Fox Tervis Tumbler – Bed Bath + Beyond

A Sweet Nursery | The Reveal

A Sweet Nursery | The Reveal
Wow!! It’s been a while hasn’t it? Did you miss me?
You might remember that the nursery was part of our 2017 House Goals list for obvious reasons so today…I’m really excited to share the room we made over for the newest member of our family.
Our sweet baby Emie arrived into this world quite clumsily on February 3rd (after being an unbearable 2 weeks late) + after a few delivery complications + a lot of figuring this parenting thing out (which I’m still doing), I finally had a few spare moments to throw a few words + pictures together to create this post for you. I hope you enjoy!
But before we dive right into the nursery reveal…let’s see the before:

 

 

The previous owners used this room as an office which is how the room was staged to sell and + why there are no doors in that huge opening (which leads to the sunroom) in the 2 photos directly above. We eventually want to add french doors to this opening but for now it offers super quick access to the nursery for those never ending diaper changes without the hassle of having to open and close doors all day long.
Like a couple tornadoes, we stripped the room down to the bare bones. We removed the gross carpet, installed new laminate flooring, removed the dinky baseboard + trim in favor of substantial molding all throughout. I even removed the mirrored bypass closet doors + sold them on Craigslist because I have an odd aversion to mirrored doors.

 

What once was a boring all shades of beige room is now a room dedicated to the squishiest baby ever! Take a little look-see…
I wanted the room to be light + bright which is why I stuck with a mainly black + white color palette but added in touches of blush + gold. If you’ve seen the rest of my house, you know I’m a neutral loving gal plus the fact that babies can see in black + white, only made the decision easier.
If you saw on my Instagram stories a while back you already know that I was planning to wallpaper the crib wall. Well…I didn’t. Not only was it going to be super expensive – I was never able to commit.
I still would like to do something here but for now, I’m loving how fresh it feels!
On the floor I used a neutral black + gray braided rug that I already had on hand + layered over top the fluffiest white shag rug ever! Toss a couple throw pillows on the floor and even this old lady can get down on the ground + play with our babe!
Plus the white shag rug, is perfect for our monthly photo shoots! Bonus!
To the left of the crib is Emie’s closet which we painted black + reconfigured. It still has a ways to go so this is all you’ll see of it today. Oh…+ I definitely decided that I want to put doors back ON the closet. Just not mirrored ones 😁.
I totally thought I could be all cool + hipster living without closet doors but NO! My OCD got the best of me + I’m dying a slow death having to look at the contents of her closet every.single.day.

 

Directly across from the crib is the glider + dresser / changing table. This side of the room was by far the hardest to pull together because it had to serve so many purposes – a place to nurse, diaper, + house all those itty bitty baby essentials.
After living + using this side of the room for almost 4 months, it’s safe to say that we’ll be making some tweaks in the future to make it work better for us. Until then – I want you to see it how it is today!

 

 

 

The basket on the dresser corrals all our diapering essentials within quick reach (because when poo is involved – you need to be quick!) + the shelf above holds other often used items like cotton swabs + q-tips. Plus it gives us an area to show off her ever-growing shoe collection! Like those darling moto-booties Daddy bought her 😍.
How about a little side-by-side action?

 

 

Much better, right?!
If you love our nursery as much as I do – check back next week for all the sources!
Now off to feed the turkey…