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Organizing a nursery can be very overwhelming.
When I was pregnant, the twins nursery was always in the back of my mind. It was honestly the most overwhelming room design I have ever done!
It was overwhelming because I had to start from complete scratch- like most new mommas do. Do I want to go with a theme? What color furniture should I buy? Or what kinds of cribs? What about organizational methods?
I have always been one for redesigning a room- my living room does a 180 three or four times per year! But starting a room from nothing was so hard for me!
To top it all off, I wasn’t even the one who got to organizing my nursery first. When I was admitted to the hospital at 29 weeks, I didn’t have a single thing done other than some paint on the walls. The room was a disaster! I had my baby shower the week prior and just threw everything in there.
I had no idea what I needed to complete my nursery.
But thankfully my mom took on the disaster and over two weekends threw my nursery together.
Once I was back home with the twins and things were in full swing, I ended up completely re-doing their nursery to fit my needs. And I have made little changes over the last four months to make the room even more functional.
I mean- look at that face. She loves the room!
Now I have the perfect nursery! Sure, it isn’t as Pinterest picturesque as others, but it is cute, DIY and fits mine and my twins needs perfectly!
My Functional and Creative DIY Woodland Nursery
Before my hospital stay, my husband and I did get the room started with some paint. We wanted an accent wall to look like a simple forest, so we started by taping off the walls with large strips of painters tape to create the image of birch trees with various branches
Once we had the room taped off, I left and he ended up spray painting the wall to get the look. They didn’t necessarily end up resembling trees, but it did create an awesome accent wall! Plus it only took five minutes versus painting a layer, waiting, and then painting another. To combat the spray paint fumes in the house we put a fan in the doorway blowing air into the room and then a fan in the open window to blow the air out of the room. After two or three days the room didn’t smell at all!
This is as far as I got on my own before being admitted to the hospital and delivering.
But once we were all home and using the room- I found the following things the most functional and creative for the nursery!
I will begin with the dresser/changing table.
I spent a lot of time figuring out how to best organize the dresser since that is what I use most in the nursery. I bought a six drawer dresser from IKEA with a multi-function purpose.
1. It stores clothes
You might assume that with twins comes a LOT of stuff. Clothes especially. And since my twins are boy-girl twins, I have complete sets for each of them. So needless to say- I needed a lot of space. So the six drawers work PERFECT.
On one side, I store Kendall’s clothes. And the other, Caeden’s. The top drawer on each has sleepers, sleep sacks, and other miscellaneous items. The next drawer down has their onesies, pants, socks and hats. I ordered the drawers that way because the twins are usually in sleepers unless we are actually going somewhere. So with that said- they each have a lot of sleepers.
The last drawer for each baby has various blankets, sheets and other linens. If I didn’t have twins, I would use the extra drawer storage to store stuffed animals and their next size clothing. Keep reading for where I keep their next sizes.
2. It serves as a changing table
The twins room is small. So I didn’t want tons of furniture that I didn’t need in there. This dresser serves as the perfect changing table. All I did was order a changing pad and covers and there. DIY changing table. The dresser is the perfect height for changing the babies without having to uncomfortably bend over to assist the baby.
As you can tell, there is also a little fox image next to the changing pad. Babies love interaction. So I put the cut out there for something for them to look at during diaper changes and they LOVE it. I call him Mr. Foxy and they love babbling to Mr. Foxy in the mornings. My husband thinks I am crazy but whatever. If you saw how big they smile and laugh when they notice the fox, you would slab one next to your changing table too!
3. There is more room for storage
Like I said earlier, there is more storage down below for linens from this IKEA dresser. But there is also more room on top! I use it to display some of their books and woodland stuffed animals. I am sure once they are bigger and can actually stand up to reach and grab, those stuffed animals will never stay put on the dresser. But they sure look cute for now!
Next up- My storage next to the dresser!
My mom bought me this little caddy off Amazon and it is PERFECT for storing everything you need for diaper changes and dressing in general. It has three shelves and I use the top one for things I use 24/7. Diapers, full pack of open wipes, lotions, diaper cream, and all of the various samples I received before the twins were born. The top easily stores half a box of the jumbo diaper packs. So you have a lot of diapers at arms reach!
On the other two shelves, I store extra wipes, diapers, and a first aid kit.
A huge plus of this cart is that it has wheels! So you could easily move it from room to room if you wanted to. I used to keep it downstairs before I figured out a functional way to keep diapers and other baby needs downstairs.
Let me know in the comments if you would like to read about how I fit my baby items in the living room!
Now onto the crib!
The first thing you might notice is that there are two matteresses inside of the crib. Well that is just a temporary storage solution for the extra materess! We have another crib that we will set up once the twins are too squirmy to sleep together any longer.
Aside from that, I use the space under the crib to store their extra diaper boxes and bath tub. I also keep their sleep sacks on the far side during the day so that I know exactly where they are come nighttime.
I have more of those little woodland cut outs around their bed as something for them to look at. I have no idea why, but they just love the little animals! I also have this woodland mobile that they love!
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Now for the- what I call- everything else corner!
This area consists of my (AMAZING) rocking chair, night stand, clothes hamper and misc toy storage.
I have my rocking chair here for now, but this is where the other crib will go eventually. I absolutely love the rocking chair. I wish I knew where my mom got it so that I could link it for your guys! It is wide, easy to clean, and has side pockets for burp rag and other storage! I plan on moving it into my room once the twins need their other crib.
Since it is winter right now, I keep their warm over coats on the chair so that I can quickly grab them for walks and other outings. This is Kendall’s. I bought them a size larger than they are now so that they keep the twins extra warm with clothes on underneath!
Inside of the night stand (that matches the IKEA dresser) is where I keep my nursing/pumping supplies and all of their other books that I don’t have displayed. The drawers are nice and deep and store a lot more than you’d think!
In this area is also where I keep a few toys out for them. Folded up next to the chair I have a play gym and on the other side some noisy toys they were gifted for Christmas. I keep their other play gym downstairs since that is where we end up playing the most!
Now onto blankets and burp rags-
Just like with clothes, with twins comes a need for a ton of burp rags and blankets! I bought this cute shoe organizer for the back of their door and stuffed it with everything!
The organizer is a great size for rolled up receiving blankets and various burp rags! You could also keep extra linens rolled up in it if you have less blankets than I do. Which I hope is true. I have a problem.
And last up- how I store their extra clothes!
The twins closest is filled with hanging clothes and packed clothes. But since I don’t have an organization method other than put the jackets on hangers- I figured I would share how I store their too big clothes.
I received SO many clothes at my baby shower and for that I am so thankful. The twins are basically stocked until their one year mark. I have a box for each size for each baby. And I found the best way to organize was to actually lay everything out and compare sizes.
Something that you will find, if you haven’t already, is that baby sizes are a lot like adult women sizes. There is SO much variation! Gerber runs small, Carters runs long, and Target seems to fall somewhere in the middle. So what I did to most effectively separate the clothes was lay everything out and physically compare and put the same looking sizes together.
So now I have a box of six month, nine months and twelve month for each baby waiting for them!
What is your favorite nursery organizational method? What do you use to organize your nursery?
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