Babies can really throw off the whole organizational standards of any household. It sure did for us. As soon as Some Boy came along, our office/guest room turned into an office/nursery/guest room. Yikes. If you're short on space (or just short on sanity and sleep), there are a few ways to maximize space and minimize stress when you need to find your baby's gear. Here are our top tips.
Under the Bed
Remember when you were a kid and your parents would make you clean your room? You'd just shuffle everything under the bed until there wasn't any space left, right? Same idea, all grown up. Store items that you won't be needing for awhile in clearly-marked containers under a lofted bed.
There's only so much room to spread things out. Use space in a more clever way by installing shelving and hanging things from walls. Stack items when you can. A lazy susan helps make things like baby food and bath essentials more accessible in packed cabinets.
Use What You Have
Make use of areas like the edges of changing tables and the tops of dressers. Instead of buying extra stuff for cute displays, use everyday items. Rubber bath ducks, baby combs, powder and lotion make for an adorable and functional setup.
Behind the Door
Space behind doors is almost never used. Take advantage of this extra space with a hanging pocket organizer.
I got the Prince Lionheart food organizer and the over-the-door hanger from Cookie's Kids, an online kids department store. They have all sorts of functional accessories and clothing for kids that parents can browse and buy easily from the comfort of their own home (no need to pack all the kids up in their respective car seats and trek the troupe over to the mall). They usually have special shipping discounts if you buy about $50 worth of items, and the prices are on-par with Amazon, but you don't need to sift through a lot of unrelated home and grown-up items. The also have a great refer-a-friend program. Your friends can get $10 off their first purchase of $50 or more when you share Cookie's Kids with them, and you automatically get $10 off your next purchase of $50 or more when they make their first purchase! You can see my whole #LuvCookies shopping experience over on Google+.
This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. #CBias All opinions are my own.