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by Cristin Bisbee Priest

As a mother of two young children, Cristin understands the desire for a home to be functional, yet beautiful. Blending the two disciplines of home organization and interior design resonated with her and thus Simplified Bee® was born. She believes that surrounding yourself with lovely, organized spaces reduces stress, makes you happier, and inspires healthier living.

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  • As a designer with a focus on function and organization, I am often asked how first-time expectant parents can organize their baby's nursery. This is a hard question to answer briefly. I kept most of my answers high-level, but of course each involves layers of planning, organization, and design:
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    1. Plan the nursery room's design, take room measurements (twice) and then determine what larger furnishings will need to be purchased (i.e. crib, nursing chair, and dresser).

  • 2. Prepare the diaper changing station and load up on supplies. You will need to keep diapers, wipes, laundry hamper and trash can near the diapering area. It's best to store diapers and wipes on top of the changing table, the first shelf or drawer. Invest in small containers or a caddy to corral wash clothes, rash creams and cotton swabs. If possible, place a laundry hamper and trash can on either side of the changing table.
  • 3. Organize the closet and dresser. Family and friends love to purchase cute baby clothing, so you will be getting lots before the baby is even born. Don't pull the tags off the outfits just yet -- especially if it's sized 3 month +. You will be surprised at how many outfits your baby doesn't wear. Keeping the tags on will help if you want to exchange for a different size or something else. Organize the clothing according to size, season, style and finally color. Larger sized clothing may have to be put in storage bins {labeled} and store elsewhere until baby grows into them. Also, remember to wash and store all newborn clothing a few weeks before the baby arrives!

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    4. It's hard, perhaps impossible to plan for all of the sleepless nights. Invest in a good nursing chair and get cute nightlight. There are so many nursing chair options today too that would look great long after the baby years.

  • 5. Be ready for the toys! Newborn toys are often small and don't require lots of space, but keeping them organized is a good idea. Baskets and bins are great to keep toys tidy and age-appropriate. As the baby gets bigger, so do the toys. Larger bins or baskets will be needed at that point to contain them. Toys can quickly take over rooms and even houses. Remember to store toys, loan or donate toys when your child has outgrown them. We have a rule in our house: When one toy comes in, one toy goes out. Keeps mommy sane!

    - Cristin 
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