Grayson’s Nursery

When I originally started to plan out Grayson’s nursery I had planned on gray, navy and white but somewhere along the planning process I decided to just do gray and white. I wanted to just go simple, crisp and clean. I also loved the the crown molding and wainscoting we put up in Elin’s room so we put that up in his room as well.

I decided to shop for the bedding first and fell in love with the Belgian Linen bedding at Pottery Barn Kids. I ordered it in gray and then realized that since I wanted the walls to be gray it might be too much so I decided to exchange it and went with the Harper collection from Pottery Barn Kids.

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From there I went through the horrible task of finding a gray. Grays are so very difficult to work with. It’s amazing how different grays look in different lights and up against different colors. We have a gray we used in our master bedroom and bathroom and we tried that in the room first and it looked completely different in there! It came out more tan looking than what we wanted. We made numerous trips to the paint store and finally we decided to have them color match a few items for us. We got on the right track but the color was still too dark so they upped the white in the paint and finally we eventually found our perfect gray. I like to call it Grayson Gray in case Sherwin Williams would like to make it an official part of their color line.

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Want a peak in the dresser drawers? Check out his drawer organization on this post.

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Then we searched high and low for a nursery chair. The gray color was tripping us up again but finally we found the quality and color we were looking for at Pottery Barn Kids. We ordered the rocker chair in Washed Linen French Gray and when it finally came in 8 weeks later it looked light purple in the room up against our gray! Ugh! Luckily, Pottery Barn Kids let us even-exchange it for the Washed Grain sack in Dove Gray and we couldn’t be happier with the color.

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The basics were there and then the hard part really started of finding wall decor I liked. There are so many beautiful options out there. However, I didn’t find a lot I liked in stores. Most of the items I found that I liked were on Etsy. I highly recommend finding unique and personalized items on there for nursery decor. After going through all the options I finally decided to go with the little gray elephant from Daisy and Bump. I had the pictures sent from the UK and they came super quick and were in perfect condition. I was nervous because I also had them framed there since the sizes were not common here in the US. I love all the prints on their site! I only wish I had known about them when preparing for Elin’s nursery.

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The carriage is my cake topper from one of my baby showers.  I love that I can reuse it as decor instead of just keeping it in a box.

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My other favorite find was Grayson’s nigh light. Why oh why is it hard to find a cute nightlight in stores? Etsy to the rescue again. I came across the Lightning Bugs Etsy shop and they have droves of adorable and personalized night lights. It’s so beautiful in person and I love it! Makes the room more special for sure.

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I love how his nursery turned out. I can be very indecisive and picky but all the trips to the stores and hours poring over the internet in search of the perfect item pay off when I am pleased and happy when looking at Grayson’s room.

 

Sources:

Bedding: Harper Collection: Pottery Barn Kids

Wall Monogram: Pottery Barn Kids

Nursery Chair: Washed Grain Sack in Dove Gray: Pottery Barn Kids

Changing Table Baskets: Pottery Barn Kids

Mirror: Lowe’s

Pendant Ceiling Light:  Pottery Barn Kids

Monogrammed Night Light: Lightening Bugs

Closet Dividers: ModishCG

Elephant Prints: Daisy and Bump

Floating Shelves: Amazon

Handprint/Footprint Frame (Pearhead): Amazon

Moon Bank: Bed Bath and Beyond

Changing Table/Dresser Organization

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I recently moved Elin’s old dresser/baby changing table to the new nursery and I had the chance to start from scratch and re-organize everything. I always felt that Elin’s dresser was disorganized and therefore I was always having to search around to find items and then I would find items shoved in the back that didn’t get near enough use because I had forgotten they even existed. So it was my goal to not have that happen anymore and to make sure this time the changing table was better served with organized drawers and to make everything easily accessible and like items grouped together.

The first thing I did was purchase my favorite Ikea Skubb Drawer Organizers. Since I do not live close to an Ikea I am so glad that these can purchased on Amazon now! I have recently placed several orders to get all our dresser drawers organized. To get 12 organizers for less than $30 is a phenomenal deal in my opinion and I love that they are white and thin therefore not taking up a lot of space in the actual drawer.

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If you have read or heard about the popular Marie Kondo method of cleaning and organization, she is against purchasing special organizers and containers for organizing. She believes that would make one keep more than they should, but honestly I think in drawers you need separate containers to keep items corralled together. It just makes organizing easier and I am all about making it easier.

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The next thing I did was group all like items together and then that helped me figure out which organizers they fit in. Next, I started figuring out the configurations of what items should be in the top drawers and which items should be next to each other.

The diaper drawer is still a work in progress as I gather last minute items like diaper rash cream, lotion, extra wipes, etc.

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My newest tip and trick is rolling everything! Why? For starters, it looks pretty! Although the main reason to do is is when you fold and stack, two things happen. The items at the bottom the stack never get seen or used–especially if you do have excess of something. You use the first few items and wash and re-fold and throw them back at the top of the stack. Those poor items at the bottom of the pile get neglected. Secondly, folding causes creases and winkles in items and to me I think it’s just really hard to fold neatly and keep items stacked neatly. No matter how hard I try, I feel like the stack looks all haphazard and messy.

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Not everything had to be rolled, but I did with the socks, onesies, and blankets. I like that it helps me see everything I have and therefore hopefully I don’t forget what I own.

I do this in all my drawers. I just re-organized Elin’s new dresser and all her socks and pajamas got rolled as well. It’s so much cleaner and organized now. I love it! No more searching for missing sock mates and the bottoms to match a certain top of her pajamas.

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I hope some of these pictures inspired you to re-organize your drawers and try rolling something. I love looking at pictures of other organized spaces to pull some inspiration for my own house.

Check out some of my favorite bloggers and how they are organizing and cleaning this spring.

Sara @ Running from the Law – Spring Cleaning with Toddlers

Sarah @ Seeing All Sides – Garage Organization

Meghan @ The Adventure Starts Here – Tips for Keeping an Organized and Semi-Clean House

Jess @ Scott Family of Maine – Spring Cleaning Printables

Liz @ Ellie & Addie – Spring Garden Prep

Chrissy @ Simple Joys – Diaper Changing & Dresser Organization

Leah @ Leah With Love – Spring Cleaning Schedule

Stephanie @ Wife Mommy Me – De-clutter Your Home Printable Checklist

Whitney @ Work It Mommy – Re-purposed Storage Solutions

Emily @ Dear Owen – Organizing Kids Closets

Jess @ Being Mrs. Beer – Essential Oils for Spring

Vanessa @ Sunflower State of Mind – Spring Cleaning Hacks

Laureen @ Chateau Deveau – Playroom & Toy Storage

Jessica @ Secrets of a Stay At Home Mom – Organizing a Kids Craft Area

Ashley @ Being Brickner – 10 Cleaning Tips for Working Moms

Karli @ September Farm – Spring Cleaning Checklist Printable

Laura @ Happily Ever Parker – 25 Things to Purge

Erinn @ Strawberry Swing & Other Things – Pantry Organization

 

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Declutter/Organization

At the beginning of the year I saw that many bloggers picked a word to represent the new year and what they wanted to focus on for the whole year. I didn’t take the time to think much about it, but so far the words I want to focus on this year are decluttering and organization.

My main issue is that I keep a lot of stuff because of sentimental value attributed to the item and I just have simply too much stuff. I always think that even if I don’t use it now, I will someday. We have an unfinished basement, so there is plenty of room to store items and it’s often times a lot easier to just keep an item. However, I want to change my own mindset and start purging items I don’t need. I think I truly want to be a minimalist.

I am so inspired to keep organizing and purging items that I am getting a slight obsession with it. I recently read the #1 New York Times Best Seller, “The life-changing magic of tidying up: The Japanese art of decluttering and organizing“.  This may sound like it would be a very boring book, but it was really interesting and had so many interesting stories and tips in there that really stuck with me as I have been working on 0n parting with  items and not holding on to unnecessary items. I highly recommend reading this book if you are trying to motivate yourself or keep yourself motivating in decluttering and organizing.

 

 

My obsession with organizing has also lead me to check out other bloggers and YouTubers who specialize in organization. These are some of my favorites:

I Heart Organizing

Pretty Neat Living

At Home with Nikki

A Bowl Full of Lemons

Let me know if there are others that you recommend.

Since I love seeing how others organize, I will start taking pictures as I go along. I wish I would have done that as I have been organizing for the past couple of weeks.

Here are some products I have recently bought to aid in organizing that I am really excited about. Now, if you follow the rules from the Marie Kondo book above, she discourages from spending money on fancy organization items and baskets. When people buy organizers, they tend to keep items because they “fit” as opposed to getting rid of the items. I can see that logic, but at the same time organizers just help aid in the look and functionality of the items you do keep.

 

 

This spinning lipstick tower is from The Original Beauty Box and I just received mine in the mail. I ordered white to match my makeup area. I can’t wait to go through all my makeup (hopefully getting rid of lots of old items) and organizing it into this compact system. It holds 72 lipsticks and 16 compacts and it spins which is fun.

Large Woven Rectangular Storage Basket - Grey and White - Room Essentials™

This basket from Target is light weight and affordable. It’s only $12.99 and I have bought four recently. I used two in my linen closet organization to put linens in because I cannot make sheets look pretty folded and I can’t stand how they look on the shelves, so I thought a basket to keep them in just looked better. Then I also currently have two in the trunk of my SUV. I use one to hold items I am taking with me to return, or when I buy items I put the bags in there so they are not rolling around in my trunk. The other one has a spare blanket and other items in case of an emergency.

I would love to hear how you stay organized and if you have any great tips!