I can’t even control it anymore. I am nesting like it’s nobody’s business. I am so envious of all you pregnant peeps who can kick back and relax during your third trimester because with both my pregnancies I’ve been a label-makin’, dust bunny killin’, floor cleanin’ nutcase. I just seriously get this feeling that this baby cannot exit my body until everything is perfectly in it’s place. I seriously woke up last night and started thinking about how I could move our washing machine and dryer to clean behind them. That just aint even normal… right?
All that said, I am trying to force myself to sit more during these final two weeks. Especially given that as of last week I was already 3 cm dilated / 70% effaced. I just keep getting this visual of her just falling out of there while I’m walking around. OK… sorry, don’t visualize that. But before I completely kick back, I thought I would take a second and roll around in the organized goodness of baby Emma’s nursery closet and share it with you guys.
Hopefully you’ve already checked out Dylan’s nursery closet and how we rolled with that one. Although I still love how his turned out, we definitely made it a lot harder than it had to be by completely overhauling the closet with a new closet system and removing the standard white shelf that was already installed. For Emma’s, we kept the original top shelf but added a second one several feet below and then an additional half shelf at the bottom.
This big brother was all too happy to help… especially because he got to use tools.
I became a big big fan of the Delta Nursery Storage Set set when I ordered it for Dylan’s closet a few years back, so I knew I just had to get it in pink for Emma.
I also recently discovered this pink label tape for my Brother labeler that matched perfectly. I may have squealed in the Staples label aisle.
Also within the Delta Nursery Set are these handy dandy size labels. And yes, that’s her coming home dress. Ekkkkkk…. I’m having a girrrrrrrrl.
The top shelf of the closet is currently housing infant toys, to-be-collected memories and items I’m passing down to her. The smaller boxes to the right (from Target) are for seasonal items (Thanksgiving bibs, Christmas socks, etc) and extra nursing parts.
Again, something else I loved when organizing Dylan’s room was using his top drawer to store diapers, wipes and creams. This allowed me to fit soooooo much more than I ever could in a bin on top of the dresser.
All of the other drawers just house onesies, pants, blankets, etc.
Oh and I also recently added a new basket to her bookshelf that I’m crushing on….
I found this canvas Toy basket at Home Goods for a couple bucks <3
Well that’s it! Now it’s time to lay around, eat bon-bons (I still have no clue what they actually even are…?), and wait for baby Emma to arrive!
With all of the gadgets and tools around these days to help a gal keep her schedule organized, I decided to give them a try in 2013 and go without a physical planner. I decided back in January to toggle between my work and gmail calendars on my computer and iphone and try to organize it all on our wall calendar at home. Although the little popup reminders on my phone were pretty nice, this system just didn’t work for me. I never forgot any super important dates but I just didn’t stay on top of my week and the zillions of to-do’s like I use to be able to do with a physical planner.
So I recently hit up the interwebs to look for the perfect planner and boy did I find exactly what I was looking for… the Moleskin 2014 Weekly Planner. This bad boy is small, durable, features a weekly layout AND has a note / lists section for every week.
So for all you list makers out there like me, this planner is perfect for planning out your week’s appointments and any associated to-do’s related to them. There is just something so therapeutic about crossing something off your to-do list. I’m guilty of even writing stuff I’ve already done down just so I can cross it off. One great big fan of instant gratification here.
Something I was a little skeptical about was the size but after using it for a few weeks, this is definitely a perk as it conveniently fits into my purse. To show you the true size, I parked one of Dylan’s matchbox cars that are rapidly taking over my house.
I got caught in the act though. Apparently, this was a major Mama no no. My bad.
Anyone else going old school planner with me this year?
I love buying little storage bins. In my ripe old age of 28, I now get just as excited over a fresh new box as I do about a new pair of shoes. Very sad but oh so very true. Ok, so I guess it’s not really the box I’m getting hype over though, it’s really more about knowing what that adorable little container is going to do … which is organize and simplify. I’m just not a big fan of digging around big bins for little things or worse not knowing where all those little things are. And as ol’ Sweet Brown once said, “Ain’t nobody got time for that!”
But what this somebody definitely had time for yesterday were these $5 bins I strolled by in Target. With everyone’s “get organized” New Years resolution, this is such a great time to find good deals on storage bins and Target has so many awesome styles this year!
This polka dot beauty comes in white and black but unfortunately I couldn’t find it on Target.com. These were in the seasonal section of my local target on an end cap.
Although there are endless uses for these, I think I’m going to use one to store greeting cards for my friends and fam this year. It’s the perfect size for even oversized cards and with a snazzy little label and a few dividers, this is going to be one helpful little system.
Yes, Mama… that’s your birthday card. Happy early birthday and please act like you didn’t already see it when I mail it to you in a few weeks
The second polka dot box is going to be the new home of me and Jer’s “love letter” box. Ok, Ok… before you start hating or think I’m the biggest cheese ball ever, this is just a box that I started throwing all of the cards and letters Jer and I have given each other through the years in. But thanks to a lotta’ love or maybe thanks to narrow Jack Rogers sandals, this bad boy is ready for an upgrade.
As I was moving our cards into their new home, I came across this gem. A few years ago I convinced Jer to trade in pre-written Hallmark cards for more thoughtful, sincere letters and homemade cards. But being the tech guru my sweetie is, a simple pen and paper just wouldn’t do. Oh no, he headed straight to this Microsoft Card template and even threw in some super snazzy clipart. I know… I know… I’m one lucky lady!
The navy striped bins could also be used for so many things, but I think I’m going to keep these in Dylan’s room since they go really well with his nautical theme. They also happen to be the perfect size to house 66 matchbox cars that I’ve been desperately trying to keep off the floor. Am I a bad mom if I hide these from him?
Happy New Year and happy organizing!
You guys already know that I just love me some Martha Stewart. Last year I used several pieces from her office supplies collection to create our family binder and was just floored not only by the quality of the supplies but the design of it as well… I mean what doesn’t look good in light teal? So while in Staples this weekend, I thought I would swing by her section of the store to see what my homegirl had shakin’. And boy oh boy did I find “a good thing” ….
That little beauty on the left up there is Martha’s custom Wall Manager and to the right you can see all of the pieces (in white or black) to build it. The display gives one option but there are several ways to assemble. I also checked out Martha’s section on the Staples website to see other options for assembling the Wall Manager, and found a really cool tool that lets you design your own.
So as soon as I got home and walked through the door into our mudroom, I knew exactly where this bad boy was going to go. Jer and I have been unsuccessfully using that old dry ease calendar to keep a handle on our schedules and were throwing letters or netflex returns on the wooden ice box hoping that the next person to leave would know they were ready for mailing. Speaking of that wooden ice box, please don’t judge that honey stained piece of old school beauty. She’s a diamond in the rough, which I’m planning to stain and spruce up with some new hardware in the next month. She came from the house I grew up in and just feels like home to me. I remember exactly what my mama use to keep in each of those cabinets and every time I open one, it smells exactly like I remember it smelling.
Ok so back to the Wall Manager. Now that I found the perfect spot, it was time to assemble. This is the part where I usually call in Jer for some help, but not with this piece, girlfriend. It seriously couldn’t be easier. Each piece has a plastic frame that easily detaches and sticks to the wall until you find the perfect spot to nail it in.
Check this out… it also has a built in level so that you know when it’s… well… level. What will she think of next…?
The frame also makes it super easy to detach the display piece. This comes in handy especially for updating the calendar! And yes, I bought the Martha Stewart fine tip dry eraser marker. I couldn’t resist!
So although there are so many options for assembling, I stuck pretty close to the Staples display as this just seemed like it would work best for us. Aside from important dates and reminders, this has also become our “inside mailbox” station. I dedicated one of the drawers to stamps, the large cubby to our outbox and the small cubby holds one of my favorite things – our super cute return address stamp. Paper Source makes the cutest stamp designs and the gift set stamper makes an awesome gift!
Anyone with a busy family knows the power of a good organizer, so fingers crossed this one helps us tame the mail clutter and crazy schedules. Martha hasn’t let me down yet!
I'm Jamie, just one new mama organizing her way to a sweeter and happier home