Thursday, August 1, 2013

19 UHeart Organizing: Oh Baby!

Let me start out by welcoming contributor, Ashli from Mini Manor Blog, and also giving her a HUGE congratulations!!!  She just adopted a little baby boy {and he sure is precious!!}.  I am beyond words excited for her and her growing family!  Ashli is just getting settled with her first babe, Hudson, and I am excited she is here to share a little about her organizing process!


We were lucky we had the nursery painted beforehand in a warm gender neutral grey because we had about 1 days notice that this little guy was on his way to us.

Over the last six weeks we tackled all things nursery and that included the closet.


It's just a regular old closet . . . nothing special. We picked up a Rubbermaid closet organizer, it was  made for grown up clothing ;) but the great thing about those organizers is they are so flexible. The bars mount to the wall and the shelves and bars are all totally adjustable. Which means it can fit his little baby clothing (seriously how cute is baby clothing) now, and then adjust to fit him when he is a teenager as well. I would definitely recommend these Rubbermaid organizers for children's closets because they are easily adjustable to meet growing needs and feet. ;) Without having to drill and re-drill a million holes in your wall.

So for little Hudson's closet, I thought I would add on shelf for the clothes he wears now...


And one shelf for the clothes he will wear in the future.

And one giant green bin for the clothes he wore in the past. I know this is going to sound cliche but "They grow so Fast". I have the green bin for all the clothes he no longer fits.

Lastly I installed a couple of Ram hooks (in the shape of Ram heads) between his crib and his closet. The hook is perfect for holding his sleep sak between naps or when he is older holding his outfit for the next day.  (I found the hooks at Homegoods)


It's not a sophisticated closet system but I've always found that when it comes to organizing simple is usually better. One shelf for now, one shelf for later and one bin for before. Done and Done. Oh and a stock pile of diapers and wipes (we don't want to run out of those)!



"I’m Ashli from Mini Manor Blog. I live in Big Beautiful British Columbia with my Husband Lee and our 5 lb yorkie Max.  I have an organizers heart, I am a bin-aholic, and I’ve never met a wicker basket I didn’t love. During the summer I can be found lounging in the garden or at the gym . . . one of those was a lie. And in the last 5 years I’ve made more then 2000 cupcakes. I want to bake, eat and organize. Hand me some eggs, flour and an unorganized kitchen, that’s my idea of a great weekend, okay go ahead throw Ryan Gosling in there too."

19 comments:

  1. I love how you kept it simple. It looks great! Congrats!

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  2. Looks great! I'm always amazed when I see baby closets like that. My daughter has so many clothes her closet is crammed full! Do other mothers just fold most baby clothes and put them in drawers?? I hang everything except pants/shorts.

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    1. I hang everything Nikki.. looks like a t-shirt/shirt explosion in my boys wardrobe!

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  3. Yay Ashli!I've been reading her blog for years and am so happy for her little family and excited to see what a little one will do for her always thinking organizing mind! The bin for outgrown clothes is so smart.

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  4. Congratulations Ashli!!!!!! and gorgeous nursery :)

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  5. Love that type of closet organizer! So easy to change as he grows...which by they way is daily. I can't get over how big he is already.

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  6. Congratulations on your new bundle of joy!!

    ~Megan

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  7. we got our son 2 months ago through adoption too! he is 12 weeks old now. we had 2.5 days notice. unfortunately his room was still full of stuff and not painted. i have finally gotten (almost) everything that isn't his out and the layout is all settled (and he's sleeping in there now). i still have to pick a paint color and get it painted and pick out some new bedding for the twin bed that will he will grow into. that is such a better idea for the closet. we still have some utility shelves in his closet that are holding photo albums and his stuff. they definitely grow fast, our's is transitioning to 6 month clothes now. congratulations on your son!

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  8. Looks great. Ashli's blog is the best!

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  9. Congratulations on your new baby! What a blessing. his bedroom is adorable too! :)

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  10. Ok, I have to say that I'm pretty proud of myself.... as someone who organizes and then reorganizes trying to find a system that works, this is EXACTLY the closet and hook system I use for my two boys! A section for current, a section for future, and a rubbermaid tub of outgrown to pass to the younger one/sell/donate. And hooks to hang up their outfits, especially for when Daddy dresses them!

    Woo hoo!!! Great minds think alike! ;)

    Congrats on your sweet boy, Ashli!

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  11. I love the idea of hooks, and that they are so chic! Great idea to have a bin for the outgrown clothes you will be accessing that often. So excited you have a new baby boy, what a blessing!!!

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  12. Hello!

    I love the grey wall color. Can you share the name?

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    1. Hi Ashley,
      Here's a link to the post I did about the paint color in the nursery.
      http://www.maillardvillemanor.com/2013/04/first-baby-room-update-with-para-paint.html
      It's a para paint color and is seriously my new favorite color!!! I am very seriously contemplating painting our whole main floor that color!
      Hope that helps
      Ashli

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  13. Nikki - I was thinking the same thing about how wonderfully clean and sparse this closet is when my little dude's is so full. Clothing shopping is how grandmas show their love, right? We have multiple hanging rods in a good sized closet. I use the upper rods for tops and lower for bottoms, long sleeves/pants on the right, short sleeves/shorts on the left. Closest to the middle on each side are the clothes that fit right now with increasingly larger items as you move towards the harder to get to corners. I made some dividers like the size ones you see at the department store out of plastic folders to provide breaks between things as needed but you can buy them, too. I also keep an outgrown/hand me down bin in the closet, like Ashli. Even my husband can figure out the system and it makes seasonal transitions pretty easy.

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  14. Nicely done. What a sweet, cheerful room.

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