Between diapers, clothes, and toys, babies come with a lot of things and keeping their space organized is far from child’s play. Even harder? Selecting storage solutions that are low-waste and nontoxic. Enter dietician Abby K. Cannon of @abbysfoodcourt who set out to do just that with the help of Ashley La Fond, organizational expert and founder of Of Space + Mind. Ahead, the eco-friendly tools and methods they used and how to make them work for your home.
Hi, Laundresses! Abby here. After listening to Ashley’s interview on our mutual friend Cameron Roger’s podcast, Freckled Foodie & Friends, I knew that I had to meet her! Her philosophy of “freeing your mind by organizing your space” spoke to me. I messaged her in the middle of listening to the podcast with an urgent “I need to meet you!”
Prior to getting pregnant and while in the thick of fertility treatments, I looked around my bedroom in horror. It was like I was looking at it for the first time and I didn’t like what I saw. I immediately turned to my husband and declared that we needed to reorganize and redo the spaces that we spend the most time in, starting with our bedroom. Our room didn’t reflect us as a couple- it was cluttered, packed with items we didn’t need or want, and far from aesthetically pleasing. (Can you relate?)
I had to find a more sustainable storage solution that didn’t involve plastic and I found it from The Laundress. I immediately ordered large and extra-large canvas storage bags and a canvas storage box. The Laundress offers many different sizes for the storage bags and boxes to choose depending on your needs and how much storage space you have available.
Once I had the storage vessels, I touch based with Ashley to get her top tips for how to organize baby items! Unsurprisingly she came through with great suggestions.
Step 1: Take Everything Out
Have everything you want to organize in one place so you know what and how much you’re dealing with. (This is always the first step in organizing!)
Step 2: Organize Clothing And Toys By Age
Having everything organized by age enables you to go directly to the age-appropriate box when you need the items.
Step 3: Don’t Feel Pressure To Keep Everything
Just because someone gave you something, doesn’t mean you have to keep it right now or forever. If you don’t like or don’t need an outfit or a toy, donate it!
Step 4: Create A Process For Revolving Items
Children and babies grow really quickly, and what they need in each stage of their new life will completely change. Prevent clutter by creating a system to revolve items out! As you and your child grow out of different phases and items - nursing accessories, clothing, books and bottles - have a place to store them by stage, or a bag for donation/friends if you’re not planning to have another child!
Step 5: Designate Space For Baby Items Across Your Home
Don’t let children’s items get lost amongst other items in your home (or waste time looking for things!). Clear out designated spaces in your kitchen, front hall and bathrooms just for storing baby items - this will make things far easier when it comes time to feed, bathe or get out of your house with your baby.
We took Ashely’s advice and feel prepared to stay organized as we transition to parenthood! I can’t emphasize enough how great it feels to start off organized. We know the first few months are going to be crazy and that’s why it’s even more important to get ahead on organization BEFORE baby!
If you want more information about all things organizing, storage, decluttering, check out Of Space + Mind.