twinWe've finally completed the girls' nursery, which in fact is in our bedroom! It isn't the largest space BUT it was enough to hold everything that we need for the girls. I learned to utilize every, single inch of this bedroom without making it too crowded or cluttered. Believe it or not, I have sacrificed space for my own things just for these girls. How could I not??
Our original plan was to move out of our one bedroom condo into a bigger living space BUT it got too stressful finding something and I was in my "Nesting" phase. I wanted to ensure that we were ready for the girls' arrival at any moment and I wanted everything to be perfect! Babies don't take up that much space and having the twin bassinet was a plus since we're able to keep them bedside for the next 6 months. Only downside is we have 2 cribs and mattresses in our dining room still in their boxes.
Keep reading/scrolling to see how we maximized our space and how we plan to stay organized!
Originally, I didn't want to use any pink in the girls' nursery. I wanted a neutral palette with a touch of pink but with girls, it's inevitable! All of the furniture is white with touches of pink and gray in the decor and organizational tools. This custom closet was purchased from IKEA, called the PAX system. As I was planning the layout I knew I wanted something that would hold all of the girls' clothes as well as display boxes and shoes. We only had one wall that we could use for the girls and I wanted to clearly define the spaces and aesthetically make it appealing. All the white furniture actually makes the space look bigger since I utilized height with this system.
My baby shower was a Velveteen Rabbit theme, hence the stuffed animals and floral arrangements from the table centerpieces on the top shelf. This system is perfect for babies in my opinion. IKEA doesn't have the greatest quality in ALL their pieces but since baby clothes are small and light, I think that this was perfect enough to hold. You are able to customize where you want to put your shelves, clothing bars, or drawers. Additionally, you can customize the type of shelves, glass or solid. This worked out because I knew I wanted to split two rows of clothes with 0-6 months at the top and 6-12 months on the bottom with shelving in the middle.
As you can see, the top bar was utilized to hold all clothes from 0-6 months and the bottom holds 6-12 months. The clothing dividers are pre-printed dividers that I actually found on Amazon! I originally purchased blank ones from The Container Store but I found the design to be whimsical and matched perfectly with the decor. Clothing dividers are a great way to separate by size or clothing type. Clothing dividers that come blank, give you the option to separate the clothes by onsies, tops, dresses, etc. It all depends on your preference. I find it easier to separate by size and then within the divider, keep all tops together, all dresses together, etc. This gives it a unified look.
These little pink velvet baby hangers are the cutest things I have ever seen. It's no surprise that I purchased these for my girls'. I mean velvet hangers are AWESOME space savers and with the amount of clothes I purchased and received as gifts for these girls, it was needed. These were purchased from Closet Complete. They give you the option of choosing the color of the hangers as well as the color of the hooks. Best of all, they're great quality!
Lastly, the middle shelves holds a display of the girls' shoes and booties, headbands and two Kate Spade polka dot boxes that I purchased awhile ago at TJMaxx when they first introduced their nesting boxes in their stores. I recently saw different prints of Kate Spade boxes, but I thought that these would go perfect for the girls' nursery. The headbands are actually all from the "Headband Making Station" from my baby shower! How cute is that?? All other headbands are in one of the nesting boxes.
Next to the PAX system, is the Delta Children Ava Dresser with the changing table on top, the Delta side table, Dekor diaper pail, and polka dot hamper. Having the changing table on top of the dresser is definitely a space saver with small spaces. This dresser was able to fit ALL of the girls' diaper changing needs, Newborn clothes, and onsies/pants from 0-12 months. We used drawer organizers, from Amazon, to define each space and labeled each row with my label maker! When baby clothes are folded so small, it's hard to tell what each item may be. I mean I can tell, but my husband can't....so the labels were really for him haha! Everything was organized by size and type. To learn more about how I fold onsies, tops, pants, etc. head to my Instagram stories and click on my 'Fold Series'!
Amazon has been a complete life saver for us this whole pregnancy! I mean we even registered on Amazon which made everything convenient with delivery. I ordered these bookshelves and the polka dot hamper on Friday and they came in Sunday. Just in time to complete the room.
January is usually a great time to deep clean and reorganize your living space since you may be on the "New year, new you" kick. So preparing for the girls' and "nesting" around this time felt great for me. We ended up rearranging our whole apartment just to prepare for these girls and ensure that we maximized our living space with them. My husband had a very hard time getting rid of furniture pieces that I posted on Let Go, just to make space for these girls. But in the end it all worked out. Everything is perfect and organized and we are anxiously waiting for the arrival of our princesses.
I hope that this was helpful and motivational to get your kids' space organized!
For many people, folding laundry is probably THE worst part of actually doing laundry, BUT it doesn't have to be! In this blog post series, I am going to show you easy ways to fold jeans, mattress sheets, sweaters, t-shirts, and even socks. YES! Socks. This is going to be life changing when you realize how much space you are going to save. It's time to leave those tendencies behind and adopt a new way of folding your clothes. I'll be adding to this post so be sure to check back for new 'how tos'! Follow us on Instagram @clusteredclosets for more updates!
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