Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Organizing 101

A Sweet Little Nursery

Today I'd like to share my nephew's bedroom with you! My sister did an amazing job of making a small-to-average-sized room work and live large!!
A perfect example of how a smaller space can be stylishly organized!

My sister and bro-in-law decided to do a gender neutral nursery theme. They chose buttery yellow, sage green, and white for the main colors, with the idea that they could add navy blue or pink to the mix when the baby was born!

They also added a little lamb "theme", with a few lamb accessories & it's SO cute!!!

The key to a child's bedroom being organized is to make sure it remains clutter free!

When your child outgrows clothes get them out of the space: either put them into a bin in the attic for your next child, or donate them to someone who could use them.

If toys are in this space, go through them regularly & only keep the ones your child loves and plays with often.

Make sure everything in the room has a "purpose".

Think "outside the box" for extra storage options!

Make sure to maximize the storage you do have. Install inexpensive closet organizers, or at least add a lower clothes rod that your child can easily reach. Don't forget about storage under the bed! A great spot for off-season clothing or storing special artwork and school papers.

But the best tip:
Teach your child how to make their own bed at an early age. Also to put dirty clothes in the hamper, and toys on the shelf. As a parent, Don't aim for perfection, just general neatness. If they are very young, have them "help" you. This teaches responsibility! :) They will be learning skills they'll need throughout their life, and will feel so proud of themselves!

{Even if they grumble a bit, encourage the kids to do this daily. In our family, my girls must make beds, put away night clothes and the dolls & blankets they sleep with into a basket on a low shelf, get dressed and brush their hair before coming down to breakfast. Having a routine and putting things in order is a great way to start a day out right!}

In this nursery:

The dresser doubles as a changing table, and she put another small dresser into the closet for additional storage. A waste pail and hamper right next to the changing table/dresser make for easy disposal of diapers and dirty clothes. A basket next to the changing pad holds diapers, wipes, and ointments, along with a little hairbrush and lotion. It's so easy to get my nephew ready for the day!

Everything here has a "purpose" and is used daily.

The rocker was perfect for nighttime feedings when he was a baby, but now that he's a big boy of 2 years old it's still used every night for snuggles, prayers & songs before bed! It's also easy to read books with your child this way!

There is the most darling, soft rug in the center of the floor for playtime! And it's easy to find and put away the books and a few toys that are on bookshelves nearby.

My brother-in-law added this wonderful molding around the top of the room for some architectural detail. The soft green paint color really draws the eye up! :) As easy as molding strips and little blocks for the corners on the ceiling.

A hook on the back of the door can hold bath towels or a robe.

Small shelves hold precious mementos, and my favorite way of thinking outside the box is........

.....turning closet doors into display space! No space is wasted here in this room!! :)

My sister made little fabric & ribbon covered memo boards, and attached one to each of the closet doors. This is perfect for little photos of loved ones, artwork from school, birthday cards, etc.

I hope you enjoyed the little "tour" of my nephew's bedroom!

Since this series has been so popular with you, I plan to make
"Organizing 101" a weekly feature!

We'll go over all of the spaces and places you've had questions about, choosing one (or part of one topic!) each week!!


Leigh Ann said...

What a beautifully sweet room. Love the lamb theme!
Leigh Ann

southerninspiration said...

Love the lamb theme,especially that adorable rug!!

making the bed...I wish I had done a better job of teaching on that one!

Victoria@WhimsybyVictoria said...

She did a great job! I love the color combination as well. I did those same colors in my last babies room. Thanks for sharing!


Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Oh, goody!! A weekly feature! :) What a sweet room. I love the colors used, and the ceiling is too cool. She did a fantastic job!

Vintage Sandy said...

What an adorable room for someone very special love the lamb rug!!

Sandy Toes said...

Just simply "sweet"
sandy toe

Amber B. said...

Love that room! Very fresh and bright!

I've been having my son clean up with me since he was crawling. He is 3 now and sometimes will say (if things get really messy), "we need to clean this place up!" haha! :-)

Anonymous said...

a really sweet room--way to make alot of room out of a smaller space. Love the colors!

~Kristen~ said...

What a sweet room! I love the colors and decor.

Maya said...

Your bottle craft project is featured on Completely Coastal...

SoBella Creations said...

My daughters nursery was lambs. Now she is obsessed with them. If we see one in the store she thinks she has to get them.

Jen - Balancing Beauty and Bedlam said...

Wow - every little nook and cranny is gorgeous.

So amazing to hear how the Lord dropped that house into your path. In a nutshell, that is quite AMAZING! ;)

Karyn said...

I absolutely adore this room!

Christy said...

What a sweet room! That rug is precious. Thanks for sharing :)

Melissa Lester said...

What a sweet room! When I first saw the photo in my dashboard, my first thought was that you were making an announcement. But I know you love your little nephew like one of your own!

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

She did a beautiful job. I love the molding on the ceiling.

Michelle@Fromhousetohome said...

This is such a sweet room, they did a fantastic job on it!