As some of you know whenever I visit my family in Ontario I try to help them with an organizing project wherever I can. I’ve done my sister’s kitchen, my sister’s entryway closet and my brother’s bookshelf. It’s fun for me and they are happy for the assistance. It almost always takes less time than they anticipate it will.
This time my sister needed help with her nursery. My sister just had another sweet baby girl two months ago (I so enjoyed all the baby cuddles!). Just before the baby arrived she moved her oldest daughter (2) out of the nursery and into her big girl room. The baby has been sleeping in my sister’s room in the bassinet since she was born but was now ready to start transitioning to her own room. The problem was the nursery wasn’t quite ready for permanent residency yet. It needed a little TLC.
Now anyone who has had littles at one point or another knows how overwhelming this season of life can be. Time is of a premium and some days just getting a shower in is quite the accomplishment. There isn’t a lot of time left over at the end of the day for things like organizing rooms that is for sure. I remember, boy do I remember.
I want to encourage you that if you are in this particular season or any other that is equally draining, please please reach out to someone for help. Those of us no longer in the baby days vividly remember what it was like and are more than happy to help. Eventually your babes will be older and you’ll be able to return the favor to someone else in a similar situation. There is no shame in that, we need to stick together!
My sister just needed an extra set of hands and I was on it. The plan was to make room for the change table and a chair, find a home for the totes of clothing and make it a welcoming, restful place for my little ladybug to sleep.
With my plan in place, I was ready for the second step in the PROCESS which is to remove and remove I did. Everything but the big furniture got pulled out into the hallway or another room. Once I had the space opened up I could do a little space planning to see how I was going to fit everything back in. Organize the big stuff first. Once the furniture was in place we could start organizing the clothes. Since my sister had excellent cubbie storage that wasn’t being used to it’s full potential we decided to put some of the next size clothing in those and that helped free up a few totes. The cubbies will be labeled soon when she finds some of those self laminating sheets.
We also brought in the change table and that has three big drawers underneath for diapers/wipes, sleepers, crib sheets, blankets, socks, etc….
We organized shoes, booties and hats using the Koala Baby Organizer behind the door.
Clothes a couple of sizes out were either hung up in the closet or added to cubbies in the closet. Others were stored in totes under the crib. Clothes that weren’t going to be needed for at least another year yet went up in the attic. Sorry I neglected to take a picture of the closet, but here’s a picture of it from a couple of years ago when my sister added a closet organizer to it.
She’s since added a shelf to the top and each of the cubbies now has a fabric bin to keep things containerized and tidy.
I’m really happy with the way it turned out especially since we only had a short window of time with which to do it and we also had a very cute 2 year old helper for part of the time that had different ideas of how things should be stored. Mainly all over the floor of course! :)