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I’m excited to share a great space-saving method of organizing all those baby essentials today!
If there’s one thing I learned very early on in motherhood, it’s that babies come with a lot of stuff! When we took our first vacation with my oldest daughter when she was teeny tiny, we weren’t anticipating all the luggage we’d need to contain the items she required! 🙂
Up until my first child was one, we lived in a small one bedroom apartment while my husband was finishing graduate school. Small is a serious understatement. We didn’t have a place to put a crib in our master bedroom, so we stuck her the only place we could, right next to the bathroom door in front of a coat closet. I found myself scrambling to come up with ways to maintain a tidy apartment with very limited space to keep all her toys and diapers, lotions, bibs, clothes, shoes, blankets, washes, powders, and such.
I wish I would have come up with this over-the-door organizer idea about nine years ago. 🙂 Because using a door with hanging storage compartments doesn’t require any extra space and it keeps the items all in one very convenient place! I’m kicking myself for not thinking of this sooner.
Even though space isn’t so coveted now, we have four children, so every square inch is precious.
I’ve learned a few things that I wanted to share with you as far as tips for keeping all the kid and baby stuff contained and looking orderly!
1. Designate a place for everything. Whether it’s a rubber ducky or that large stock of Huggies diapers you just purchased at Costco. Pick a low profile place for it and keep it there consistently.
And speaking of diapers, with a busy baby who never holds still, I love keeping him in Huggies Little Movers Plus. They’re available only at Costco in sizes 3, 4, 5 and 6 and are perfect for babies like my little guy, who are always on the go.
Valid 9/1 to 9/25, receive a $6 discount and Free shipping on Huggies Little Movers Plus at Costco. They’re regularly $42.99, so that brings them down to $36.99!
They’re Huggies most absorbent* diapers – thus the “Plus”. They keep my little one dry and happy, and we all know that a happy baby equals a happy mommy!
My baby is 11 months old already! He’s crawling, standing on his own, and cruising along things, so walking is not far ahead! I can’t believe how fast the first year goes. I wish I could make time stand still. I love the baby phase.
Huggies Little Movers Plus allow him total comfort while he’s crawling around making messes, exploring every nook and cranny of the house or discovering how toys work.
Which leads me to my second tip:
2. Keep baskets or small containers in set places around the house for easy toy pick up throughout the day and then tuck them away at night. I’ve found that if we have a system in place for containing the clutter, it’s much more manageable and doable with four cute little mess makers on the loose.
When this one’s awake, he’s always on the loose, because there’s lots of trouble to cause when the world is your playground. 🙂
Huggies Little Movers Plus have Double Grip strips for for the perfect fit and hold while baby is accomplishing his jam-packed “to do” list. 🙂 They offer Leak Lock® with up to 12 hour protection, which comes in very handy because this little guy doesn’t want to stop for anything!
This is the phase when taking a non-blurry photo is extremely difficult! 🙂
They’re easy to spot in the diaper section at Costco. Find a location near you with this store locator.Beginning in August Little Snugglers Plus will also be available in size Newborn starting – $29.99 available in select warehouses and online at Costco.com.
From 9/1 to 9/25 Little Snugglers Plus (Sizes 1 & 2) will be discounted $6 (they’re normally $37.49, so they’ll be $31.49) with Free shipping.
This over-the-door baby essentials organizer keeps all the potentially clutter-y items in one tidy place where they are easily accessible!
It’s so easy to make. You’ll need an over-the-door shoe organizer with clear plastic pockets. Mine has 24 compartments.
I dressed mine up with 12 vinyl decals in keeping with my baby’s nursery theme of “things that go”.
I cut out some truck, airplane, sailboat, tractor and train shapes using my Silhouette machine and some black vinyl. Then I used clear Con-Tact paper to transfer the vinyl designs to every other pocket of the organizer for a fun decor piece that’s also functional! It really is that simple!
Now just fill those pockets and enjoy an orderly nursery!
What are your best tips for organizing all the baby essentials?