As you know our family will soon become a family of four and if I’m like the majority of pregnant woman I will start nesting in preparation for the new arrival. Well, the thing is, I’m quite an untidy person. Yep, I’ll put my hands up and say I’m messy. Don’t get me wrong, the mess is organised and I know where things are, it’s just usually in a few piles around the house! Lets call it organised chaos. 😉
Well, enough is enough. We have a small house and it needs to be adapted to make room for the many products a baby needs. Lamb has his own kitchen cupboard and baby will need one too. The thing is, they are all full – overflowing even. His bedroom lacks storage yet we will have a whole new collection of clothing, nappies, muslins, bibs etc to find a home for.
It’s time for me to ‘nest’. I’m looking at ways or adding storage here and there.
We are very lucky to have a cellar. A cellar that was renovated by the previous owners and is a usable room. Laminate flooring, electricity and heating. Not like your typical cellar.
For the nearly 5 years we’ve lived here the cellar has been used for storage. Christmas decorations, multiple prams, gym equipment. When Lamb was born I realised I desperately needed a tumble dryer so we have that and our freezer down there, and since launching my brand I began using it to store my leggings.
Things were getting a little out of control and we needed more storage racks and I’ve been asking hubby for a work surface for months. My super duper in laws love a project, especially if it involves home improvements, and last weekend they kindly reorganised everything down there. My father in law is a DIY whizz and built me the most amazing work surface that sits over the tumble dryer and freezer. He also gave me another set of shelving racks to store my boxes of leggings.
Having that room organised has really lifted a weight off my shoulders. I’ll soon have tonnes more laundry to sort and now I can use the work surface to keep the piles of clean washing neat and tidy for when I have the time to put it away. No more screwed up piles on the floor!
My leggings are beautifully organised into different tubs meaning it’s nice and easy for me to access when I get orders, like this week, when I had 10 to pack up after going on sale.
My wonderful father in law has also built me some shelves above my cellar stairs. Such a clever idea! I can now keep small items like medicine bottles in little tubs and free up some cupboard space in the kitchen for the baby. I’ve also decided to keep cereal boxes on the top shelf as these take up so much room in the kitchen! There’s so much you keep in a kitchen, but rarely need, so I’ve found these shelves so helpful already. I’m sure I’ll swap things around until I find the perfect balance of what I want in the cupboards and on the shelves but at least baby has his own cupboard now!
We are also going to be putting coat hooks along the lefthand side wall above the cellar stairs so I can hang things like spare carrier bags and winter coats. The little ledge along the side will probably become home to our wellies boot too. 🙂
I love how much difference these little changes have made to organising my clutter. Let me know of any clever little storage solutions you’ve done in your home that I might be able to do too.