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Top 5: Organizing Essentials for Moms

Mom Jeanine
January 12, 2011

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I am one of those people who can’t go to sleep with dishes in the sink or toys on the floor or the bathroom being dirty. I tidy up and organize every night before bed and I honestly think it helps me sleep better.

Over the years, though, I have invested in a few pieces that help me keep my space in order so if you’re looking to get organized and efficient in the new year, invest in these organization essentials.

For Toys:

My daughter doesn’t have a ton of toys, but she does have enough that I had to get a toy box to hide them all when she’s not playing with them. I like that this Kidkraft Toy Chest ($150) is neutral enough that she can use it no matter how old she is.

For Diapers:

When my daughter was in diapers, I stored them in one of these Serena & Lily everything bins (starting at $28). They come in a bunch of different sizes, shapes and colors so you can mix and match them and coordinate them with your nursery decor. When you’re done with diapers, these also make great mail baskets or junk drawer organizers.

For Stuffed Animals:

There is a ridiculous amount of stuffed animals in my house–I have no idea where they all came from. But my daughter gets freaked out about putting them in the toy chest with the lid covering them, so instead they go in a DwellStudio Storage bin ($45) like this one. We have a different print, but I’m obsessed with this new Zinnia pattern.

For Books:

Another thing we have a lot of? Books! We actually had to upgrade to a standing bookshelf, but we still use this baby bookshelf ($124) to keep my little girl’s favorites of the moment close to bed.

For Shoes:

Between my daughter and I, there are just too many shoes in my house for one shoe rack. So I finally got her her own hanging shoe rack ($11), which fits neatly in her closet. Her favorites are always on the bottom and her baby shoes I’m saving get stored at the very top.

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