Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Baby Clothes Organized

You have seen some pictures of Lila so far. You probably haven't seen her in the same thing twice! She has SO many clothes! She does wear them twice and three times, but she has a lot of choices! This is the result of smart thrift shopping, garage sales, and generous gifts. As a result I have a lot of excess stuff for her. I seriously hope we have another baby girl someday so that I can see some of this stuff again! I thought I'd share my tips to be organized:
Everything you need should fit in a 27"x16" space. The height depends on how much stuff you have:
I love The Container Store's "Our Box" collection. They're clear, they're strong, they stack great, and they're really inexpensive. You've seen these in my coat closet (the shoe boxes), Lila's closet (the accessory box for her shoe boxes), and in my basement storage room for Christmas decorations. Many people like to store in solid colored containers so they can't see the chaos. I like the accountability that comes with clear! We don't have a garage or a shed and only have an unfinished storage room in the basement, so I have to be organized since this room has many purposes.  

Here's how I did it:
- The bottom two boxes are things I won't need unless I have another baby. You want things you won't need at the bottom so that you don't have to take the pile apart. The left box is newborn non-clothes. I have extra disposable diapers, some boy Aden and Anais receiving blankets from a garage sale (just in case!), the newborn inserts from her swing and carseat, etc. The box on the right is all of my newborn/0-3 clothes. 
-Next in the pile are things I won't need for a long time: 12-18 month and 18-24 month clothes. 
-Next in the pile is a big box of non age-appropriate toys. I have books she will be able to destroy with paper pages in there and lots of garage sale finds (pretend food for when I buy her a kitchen set and ABC magnets for now).
-At the top of the pile is an empty box for when she starts outgrowing her 6-9 month clothes. The missing box lives on her closet floor and as she outgrows 3-6 month clothes I simply throw them in the laundry with her clothes that fit. Once I fold them with my other clean clothes I put those clothes in her outgrown box. Once I've gotten all of her 3-6 month clothes packed up the pile will rotate. I'll put the 3-6 month box where the 12-18 month box is and move that to the top of the pile where her 6-9 month box will be since that will now be on her closet floor. 

Here are the details:
-I used these reusable dry erase silicone labels. If I find I don't have a lot of a certain size I can erase and re-label. I did that with her newborn clothes when I realized I could fit them in with her 0-3's easily (they erase so well that I was finding I had to rewrite it multiple times. I ended up labeling with wet-erase). 
-The big box is the jumbo box.
-The other boxes are deep sweater boxes.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Baby's Room 4 Months In

I have a 4 month old. Holy cow. It sure goes faster once they're born! 

Lila's little collage has grown to include a print I got from my former employer the day I resigned (It says "The Best is Yet to Come"), and two "Lila" prints made by her grandparents. Chris's parents made the one in stones on the right in Puerto Rico and my parents made the one in sand in Massachusetts. Lila's birth announcement is also framed. 
We got this storage cube from The Container Store. I use it as a nursing foot stool since I feed Lila in the rocker during the night now that she's moved into her room full time. I store swaddles and things inside. 
I moved the camera from across the room to the corner of the crib so I can even see her breathe during the night. 
The quilt my mom made for her is on the floor during most of the day for reading and tummy time:

The stuffed animals have left Lila's crib so she is absolutely as safe as possible. She was also gifted a little rocking chair that sits in the corner:

So there is a quickie update on how her room has evolved as she has grown! 
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