Child's Name and Age: We're expecting a boy in June 2008
Location: Nottingham, Maryland
Items used for the project and favorite part of the storage solution:
The closet shelves, desktop (to be used as a changing table), drawer units and laundry basket are all from Ikea's Antonius collection. The plastic bins are also from Ikea. The bookcase is an Ikea Billy bookcase with the back painted to match the closet color. Crib is Ikea Gulliver. (Can you tell we live 10 minutes from an Ikea?) The paint color is Lobster Bisque, from Martha Stewart's line of colors (at Lowe's). The paper for the labels came from a scrapbook store that was going out of business.
The baby's room is small - only 8x12', so I wanted to be sure to make the most of the space. This meant maximizing the space in the closet by using it for folded clothes, a changing station, and storage for future clothes, bedding, and other miscellaneous stuff. The nice thing about the system we used is that it is adjustable, so as our son gets older and his storage needs change, we can reconfigure the closet without too much trouble. I also decided to take the closet doors off and replace them with curtains in order to use every last inch of the opening. Right now we have more shelf space than we need, though we're quickly accumulating more and more baby items.
My favorite parts of the solution are the 4 large plastic bins for future clothing sizes. I try to buy things at end of season sales, which means I have to buy things in advance. With the separate bins, I can put things in their appropriate bins and not have to worry about sorting through things later. When our little guy is ready to move up to the next clothing size, we'll be able to pull that bin down, knowing that everything is where it is supposed to be. I even made a few extra labels for the next larger sizes so that when we're done with the 3-6 month box, we can relabel it with 2T.
Best storage tip for families with children:
I'm trying to get as organized as possible before the baby comes so that when he's here, we aren't faced with any more confusion than necessary! The best storage tip that I have is for everything to have its place - and if that place has a label and is easy to find, all the better. Labeling the drawers for the baby's clothing means that things should be right where we expect them, even if we're sleep deprived and confused when we're putting away the laundry.
Thanks for entering, Emily!