That is my baby's closet, or what I liked to refer to as "organized chaos." Just like all the closets in our house, this one was a nice size but very poorly laid out. Lots of wasted space!
My very handy daddy came over and, using three 1x12 shelf boards, a box of nails, a router, a table saw, and a whole lot of patience and aggravation, we built this:
It's almost an exact copy of the closet shelf in Emorie's closet, that we did a few weeks ago. Her clothes are hanging up, organized by size, but some of the clothes are divided by size in baskets on the top shelf. Two large plastic totes on the floor hold toys for older babies and toddler feeding supplies. I think this is way better than the before picture, don't you?
All of the purple bins and white baskets came from Dollar Tree. Emorie's closet baskets were made from diaper boxes. As we acquire more diaper boxes, I'll likely to the same with this closet. After all, as A.R.B. (the baby) gets bigger, her clothes won't fit in the white baskets and purple bins anymore, and something bigger will have to replace them. This closet will probably evolve a lot as she grows.
Altogether, I spent $36 for shelf boards, $5 for rod flanges, $14 for bins, and $8 for a quart of paint. I already had the plastic totes and closet rods. I used cardstock I already had and my laminator to make the labels. So, for $63 dollars we built, painted and organized this closet using real wood boards and not MDF/particle wood shelving like most closet organizers.
We've done other things to organize the nursery as well. Using underbed bags and bins, we have stored extra diapers, wipes, and baby wash supplies under her crib. The crib skirt will hide all of these things. We've also lined her dresser and changing table drawers with some pretty wrapping paper I picked up from Home Goods.
All of her essentials are organized in her changing table and dresser drawers.
Except for buying a chair and hanging a few things on her walls, the nursery is pretty much finished. We are so excited and can't wait to debut her finished nursery.
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