Saturday, November 28, 2015

33 UHeart Organizing: Nesting in the Nursery

I am finally coming out of hiding after locking myself up in our home for the past two days with friends and family, doing nothing but spending time together, eating turkey, playing games and watching movies.  I hope you all had a Thanksgiving to remember as well.

Although I may appear to be carrying a turkey baby today, I am not actually with child (or turkey).  However, my beautiful friend Megan is expecting her second baby; a little lady is about to be welcomed into the Honey We're Home household.  And now that the stunning nursery is complete, Megan has begun the organizing process that comes with those final pregnancy weeks of nesting. 



Hi friends, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Are you loving this time of year?!  We are super excited for the holidays and have already started decking our halls for Christmas!  Things are taking longer and I'm moving slower now that I'm 25 weeks pregnant!  I've already had to stop and start many times! We couldn't be happier that we are expecting a little girl in March!  

It definitely feels different being pregnant this time; we have experience on our side since we already have a 5-year old son.  He has been such a joy and delight and we can't wait to add a baby sister to the family.  And with this pregnancy, I'm not consumed with all the things we'll need once the baby comes.  In fact, I don't even want too much stuff, because I know it ends up overflowing and being too much.  We recently pulled out of the attic the bins and bins of baby stuff we thought was worth saving (much of the boy clothes have been donated) and we are left with most of the things we probably need.  

Although we don't have many baby girl clothes (I've bought a few things!), my sister-in-law is kind enough to be throwing us a sprinkle in January, and I know women love baby girl clothes! 

Today, I'm sharing with you how we've organized the nursery dresser, so come on in to our newly designed lavender nursery




I will warn you this dresser (Delta Children's Epic 3-Drawer Dresser, Gray) is not huge on storage space, but it fits our needs.  It measures (on the outside) 36.5" (L) x 18.75" (W) x 33.0" (H).  We lost some of the square footage in this room when we had a custom bookshelf and bench seat installed, so a small dresser is what best fit this space.  Luckily, we have deep drawers in the attached bathroom that we can use as extra drawer space, and the built-in also has drawers and extra storage.

Inside the three drawers, each measures 4" high, 13.5" from front to back, and 30" across.  It wasn't difficult to assemble either (says my hubby).

I also changed out the standard black, round knobs the dresser came with for these shiny, gold pulls from Bering's Hardware.  I couldn't find them on the website, but they were about $3 each.  I could have also sprayed the black knobs with gold spray paint, but with so much wear of opening the drawers, I figured we'd go with new.


The drawers are a light wood color and I wanted to line them with pretty paper, so I just used what gift wrap I had on hand.  For the top drawer, I had just enough Rifle Paper gift wrap.  I measured and cut it to fit the drawer and attached it at the corners with a square of double-sided tape.

To organize the baby supplies, I used a clear drawer divider from The Container Store.  I use these all over the house and find them particularly helpful in my desk and kitchen drawers.  They also clean up amazingly well with soap and water.


With my son, we liked Huggies diapers, but I couldn't resist these Honest Company diapers when I saw them at Target.  The designs are so cute (they have so many, even holiday designs right now) and they're eco-friendly.  I'll give them a try and see how we like them when she comes. We also found our Diaper Genie to be very useful and I saved it all these years.  It's sitting to the right of the dresser, so extra bags are also stored in the top drawer.

The dresser will double as a changing table (still have our old pad), but need a new cover, that we'll put on top of the dresser.  We did that with our son and it worked great. We've also got our wipes in here so they're handy.


Again, not wanting to buy new drawer dividers, I had two boxes from Target that fit perfectly inside the second drawer to hold cotton tops (previously worn by my son) and a few swaddlers that were gifted to me.


This roll of gift wrap was exactly the right size so I only had to cut the length to fit inside.  You can see in the very back that I wasn't very exact with my scissors!



Most of our burp cloths ended up in the trash with my son (they get so gross!), but we still had a few white ones to salvage.  New baby socks fit perfectly inside the box they came in and the lid for some new ones from Target. 


I'm currently storing a couple plastic bibs here too, but once we need them, I'll move them to the kitchen. I found I preferred the plastic much better than the cloth because they washed better. 


I have to admit I'm already smitten with the adorably tiny baby girl clothes!  They are just too cute!


We have just a handful of baby clothes right now and they are folded neatly in the bottom drawer along with two pair of shoes. A few things are hanging in the closet. 



And there you have it!  We aren't going bonkers buying new stuff for the baby- we still have bottles (I just need to make sure they're still good) and other things like a Bumbo chair and Boppy from our firstborn.  After spending so much time decluttering and trying to make our home a simple sanctuary, the last thing we need is more unnecessary stuff.  I'll keep you posted on how we do with that!

If you want to see more of our nursery, you can take the room tour (with sources) here.  

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"My name is Megan and I am a lawyer by day, design and decor lover by night, and Mama to the sweetest 5-year old boy you've ever seen.  I'm passionate about fitness (and chocolate!) and could not live without my relationships, girl talk, and my morning coffee.  I've been blogging for four years over at Honey We're Home, sharing my love of keeping things organized and beautiful at our house.  My efforts to live in the moment and cook more are an adventure in progress."


33 comments:

  1. That looks lovely, i love the whole nursery and the colour scheme!
    I'm doing the same thing at the moment, just got the change table up yesterday, and most things are now in place so i can start sorting and putting things where i want them.I'll probably be pottering around in there getting it just so from now until bubs is born :-)
    Carmen | Paint Powder and Polish

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    1. Thanks Carmen! I'm really enjoying the process. (And checking it off the list)

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  2. It looks beautiful! I went to all the trouble of doing this kind of thing too. After that we got so many clothes as gifts and things there was no way it was going to fit all nice and neat. It's all just squished in there now! (but we don't have a cupboard or wardrobe or anything)
    This nursery looks very pretty!

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    1. Thanks Melanie! I understand completely. I just gifted clothes and some still had tags. (we use bins)

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  3. Megan, this nursery is just heavenly! I love the ceiling. ♥ Oh my goodness is it gorgeous!
    Sinea

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  4. Babes really don't need much. Love, full tummies, clean diapers and they are happy. Today's kids are way overindulged and live in a world where they feel so entitled!! I see it even in the two year olds I teach!! However, I do see a correlation with how their parents live. How many pairs of jeans, shoes,purses, etc does one need? It becomes excessive. Does one really need to shop for new clothes weekly? What happened to wearing things you have until they wear out? The sad thing is they are the kids who get to college and end up in debt. They are never satisfied. I am glad you are realizing after having one that all that isn't necessary for happiness

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    1. We have been trying to incorporate a policy that when you get something new, you donate something you have. As a teacher you join the village that raises the children. Hang in there.

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  5. Oh that is such a lovely colour scheme (I love greys and gold!), the lilac really adds a soft and subtle hue to a nearly-monochrome palette! And the organisation in those drawers are definitely something I could apply to a 'grown up' room, not just a nursery. x

    Jasiminne: Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  6. It's so pretty. I just this past week found out my daughter is pregnsnt with her second d bsby. I'm so excited for her. This has given me lots of ideas that zip want to try for her. I love the color!

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  7. What an elegant and beautifully organized nursery! Makes me wishful for another grandbaby... soon, I hope! Thanks for sharing your lovely post.

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  8. I love your girl's room! Also, we have that same set of Gerber onesies. We're obsessed with the one with the little birds on it. It's so cute! Congrats!

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  9. I agree. But also sad that two year olds are being 'taught' at all. Poor children! No offence to you as a teacher, but many current generation of young children are missing out on childhood altogether.

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  10. Just lovely! I am at 21 weeks with our little girl and you are so far ahead of me!! I have picked out the paint color and assembled the crib.....and that is about it! Everything is just so tiring these days!

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    1. I understand Heather. Hang in there. Congrats on your baby girl!!!

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  11. LOVE how this room as come together. It is perfect and I love the soft tones. Great organizing tips too!

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  12. Make sure you contact the Bumpo company. They did a recall and sent out straps to add on for safety concerns. I got the straps, but never ended up putting them on as my kids outgrew the seat. I understand they're fairly easy to add.

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  13. This is just gorgeous. My girls are teenagers, but only looking at these super cute tiny outfits takes me back in time; shopping for baby girls is soooo tempting :) I love the idea on not making the baby girl' room all pink. These colors are so soft and with the perfect organization the whole room looks very nice and cosy.

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    1. Thanks!!! Maybe you will be shopping for babies in the future!?!?!

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  14. Expecting a little boy in March... love your tips on organizing the nursery! Nursery designing is so fun! Good Luck!

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    1. We're due at the same time! I have loved having a boy! He'll be 6 in March and he has been the best thing ever. It's true, little boys love their mamas so much!

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  15. So lovely - I love this calm and elegant nursery. I'm getting a tad over the whole trendy nursery theme lately and I'm also planning for our baby girl's arrival.

    Where do you store things like baby towels, face washers, blankets, bedding, spew cloths (I use terry toweling nappies) and things like that?

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  16. Omy goodness what a precious room! I love the lavedar, great use of your drawers too. So much cuteness overload.

    Lauren Baxter | Lovely Décor
    xx

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