31 Days to a More Organized Life ~ Day 18 (Baby)

I always felt as though I was fairly good at organizing. I took pride in my organizational skills and loved helping others find organization in their lives. However, I think I finally met my match when we brought Parker home from the hospital. Things got CRAZY! There were burp cloths, blankets, bottles and pacifiers all over the place. After about five days in, even though I was recovering from a c-section, I sat down and tried to figure out how to organize everything!

Now before you get too excited, I will warn you that there isn’t any “earth shattering tips here” but they have made a huge difference in the organization and sanity of my life! Here are a few things I came up with that have really helped out.

Blankets and burp cloths and pacifiers oh my! 

For our house I spent a good amount of time on each of our three floors. I decided to choose a different style pacifier, burp cloth, blanket and bib for each floor and the diaper bag. This helps out a ton when I am doing laundry as I drop off each pile on the correct floor. I had a cheat sheet printed by the washer but after awhile, I didn’t need it anymore. This has been really important since I spend days alone with Parker. I couldn’t imagine in the middle of feeding him realizing I didn’t have a burp cloth or blanket (since he usually naps after eating).

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I use the 6oz size for the nipple shield and the 8oz size for pacifiers. I have 4 sets and I keep one of each on every floor (and in the diaper bag) that had a different style pacifier in each. These have been such a great find! I love that they keep everything organized and away from as many germs as possible.

This was helpful in drying all of P’s pacifiers and bottle parts. We were trying out a few different bottles and it was already hard enough to figure out how to put them together. Throw in a missing piece and forget it! I also happen to link how stylish it looks on the counter although functionality was my biggest priority. 

This helps out a ton for all of P’s socks and scratch mittens (when he used them) so they don’t get lost in the rest of the laundry. I just cloths pin it to his hamper and throw it in the wash when full.

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Check back tomorrow where I will be showing you how I reuse some baby items to help organize around the house. 

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31 Days to a More Organized Life ~ Day 17 (Laundry)

Laundry is sometimes a tricky little beast that you think you have control over and then BAM, somehow you have no more undies and 10 loads to get done! As we plan for the new house, I am excited to have a room dedicated to just laundry and cleaning supply storage. Similar to the entry way, I am so excited to be able to use some of the inspirational ideas I have found on Pinterest.

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First, is a laundry organization system that looks as cute as it organizes! This is a simple project that Rob assures me can be done in a few hours. It has gone on my wishlist for projects in the new house. I am doing to make plaques that tie to each of the baskets so everyone knows what goes where. I plan to have a separate basket for whites, lights, darks, baby, towel and special wash items.
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This is such a cute idea for lost socks!
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I have something like this in our laundry room currently but didn’t get a chance to take a picture before I left. We have one container with Charlies Soap which we use to all of P’s cloths. Once we finish the current liquid laundry soap we have, I will be replacing it with powder. 
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I plan to have four of these hanging on the walls for drying cloths. I like them because they are out of the way when you don’t want them but are easy to use when you do. 
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Check back tomorrow where I will be showing you how I organize with baby.

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31 Days to a More Organized Life ~ Day 16 (Electronics)

Now-a-days, electronics are a part of my everyday life. I carry my iPhone around with me and use it to stay in touch with loves ones, track P’s eating and sleeping habits, take hundreds of pictures and more. I have a computer, two cameras and video camera that all require the use of a different power/charge cord and cord to connect with the computer.

For me to say that items so important in my life need to be organized would be an understatement! 
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I saw these two items on Pinterest and will be making one or the other for myself and others for Christmas. It is so convenient and I am constantly charging my iPhone in random places. The only thing that would make it better is if it folded to make a pouch for the charger and cord. 

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I always feel like I have won the lottery when I see and idea, or come up with it myself, where I can reuse something I already have to help organize something else. Reusing TP rolls is one of these! I came across the original idea on Pinterest where they used them in a shoe box to organize cords. Genius I thought! Now I no longer need to frantically search through a box to find something. 
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With all of those electronics, you need a space to charge everything. I always like for everything to be neat and organized, go figure. One of my biggest annoyances are cords. I hate when they are showing. This isn’t quite what I had in mind but give you an idea. I will be sharing more when I start posting all of the organizing I come up with in the new house! 
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Check back tomorrow where I will be showing you how I organize our laundry room.

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I must apologize to those who have been visiting my blog via The Nester or Pinterest regarding the 31 Days to a More Organized Life challenge that I started participating in at the beginning of October. As you can see, I have only managed to put together a handful of posts even though we are 12 days into the month already. I have so many things I want to share and while I may not be able to do it for 31 days consecutively, I will still contribute 31 ways to a more organized life.

If I had participated in this challenge last year, I have no doubt that I would have been able to contribute daily. However, my situation is a little different this year 🙂 Here is what has been going on in my life lately.

Last week I was home visiting family. While it was nice to see everyone, I came down with a horrible cold and was sick all week. Around the same time, P randomly decided he didn’t want to nurse anymore. Needless to say, the week was extremely rough. While I feel better, P is still not nursing consistently and I am having to pump in order to get him a few ounces a day. This has been really hard on me emotionally and physically. I have been trying to dedicate extra time to him and of coarse pumping! Anyone have any tips or notice a difference in nursing at 3 months?

We also found out that we will be closing on our house October 31st. While that is extremely good news, it has really occupied every free moment. Luckily, I have an amazingly understanding husband who agreed that I would not be able to pack the house myself. We are having a company come in one day with 6 people to pack and then 4 movers will come the next day to move everything. In the meantime, we have been busy with paperwork, home inspections, fixing things around the house and more paperwork!

A few times in the last week and a half I found myself staying up till midnight trying to get a post done for the challenge. I felt like I was back in graduate school pulling an all nighter to finish a presentation. While blogging is very important to me and I value those who are following me randomly or because of this challenge, I need it to be fun for me!

We are off to the beach for a week where I hope I can catch up on some organizing posts and possibly give my blog design a little bit of a face lift!

31 Days to a More Organized Life ~ Day 9 (Linen Closet)

There is nothing worse than getting up in the middle of the night with a headache, heartburn or stuffy nose and not being able to find what you need without waking up and turning the light on.
Having an organized linen closet makes our life a little easier, especially since I mostly go in there to find something specific! I have to admit after reorganizing my linen closet, I smile every time I go inside to get something! 🙂
We only have one linen closet in the house so ours has to store as much as possible. We keep all of our sheets, towels, ice packs/heating pads, travel supplies, extra supplies, cleaning supplies for upstairs and medications/ointments in one place. 
The bins are from Target and the iron baskets are from Kohls. The top shelf has all of our sheets and blankets  There is a shelf of towels and wash cloths. P has his own shelf and drawers for extra hygiene items such as q tips, medication, shampoo, etc… One shelf is dedicated to cleaning supplies and extra items such as tissues, cotton balls, etc.. Since I am such a pack-rat, I also had to make a shelf with nothing but travel items and samples from hotels etc… It’s great to have a wide selection around for when company forgets something :). The bottom shelf is like the junk drawer of the closet. Drawer liners, heating pads, ice packs, extra show curtains, etc… can be found together in a basket (which makes anything look better). 
We needed to use the door space to hold all of our medications, ointments etc… One thing I learned while organizing this was that I NEED to pay more attention to expiration dates! I ended up throwing out about half of our stuff because it was well past the expiration. 
I divided up the shelves by sun care items & nail polish remover, band-aids & ointments, medications, oral care and cold remedies  It is amazing how much nicer it is to open the door and know exactly where to go.  
I have seen on Pinterest lately many uses for TP rolls. As I was cleaning everything out, I decided to try and use them to organize all of our ointments. I have full intentions of dressing them up a bit with scrapbook paper but P didn’t allow for much time to put this post together today 🙂 I am hoping this will allow us to find something quicker and prevent purchasing duplicates. 
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That wraps up day #9 for me! Check back tomorrow where I will be showing you how I organize things in our bathrooms.

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