For our nursery, organization and storage is essential due to the small size of the rooms so I came up with a cheap way to add storage. I had already started on the closet organization and filled it up with clothes already!
Supplies: Dollar store laundry baskets (for $1!), old pillow cases (using what we have!), scissors.
Cut the pillow cases into strips about the width of the basket holes, about 5 inches for the larger one and 2.5 for the small size. I used about 30 strips for the larger basket and cut up 3 pillow cases (with lots of leftover scraps) to make these 2 baskets. In the end I made 6 of the small baskets to use as storage for the changing table and 1 large to hold stuffed animals.
All I did for the smaller baskets was weave the strips in and out of the holes then tied a knot at the end of the row. I also wrapped a strip around the top rim of the basket. I had to tie about 2 strips together to make it long enough. For the large basket I wrapped the strips up and down over the top and tied the knot in the bottom hole of the basket.
Perfect changing table storage!
Shopping for baby stuff is the best, but it’s hard to know at first what to spend money on and where to save; like I really wanted organic cotton clothing at first but at $25-30 a onesie who can afford that? So I opted for organic for the bigger items like a changing pad and crib mattress because he will spend a lot of time using those and he’ll just grow out of the clothes before they get their money’s worth. At least that’s how I think about it.
I have spent a lot of time on Amazon and Target.com reading reviews of products and researching just about everything I thought we might need. It gets confusing though because there is just. so. much. I think it just comes down to what your budget and needs are and simplifying from there. Also I started to think: What can you buy second hand safely and that you would be ok with? What can you skip buying for now? What can wait until baby comes ? Because it got overwhelming and I would get upset thinking we wouldn’t be able to afford everything he needed.So I started looking at my local thrift store for baby items. There’s a clothing bin where they just throw all the kids stuff in and it’s all $1. Books are also $1. On random days clothes or books will be buy one get one free too. On one lucky haul day I found 10 baby clothing items and got them for $5 with the sale. I was stoked. Most of the clothes look brand new as well, no stains or tears. I think I’ve spent something like $30 total…I also found a few toys like these stacking blocks for $2..
look how cute this little onesie from Old navy is with little foxes and trees, I die.
And this super adorable sock monkey hoodie 3 months size.This was the first thing I found thrifting before I even knew we were having a boy, a precious little knit sweater..Getting the nursery closet organized: We went to target and bought 6 white storage bins ($7/each), a couple shoe organizers($3), a hanging closet rod($10), baby hangers($3), and the 6 storage cube shelf with 4 neutral colored bins($40). The bins above I labeled 0-3 months, 3-6 months, 6-9, 9-12, you get the idea. My good friend saved her baby boy clothes and gave us 2 large home depot boxes full so I organized them all and just hung up the newborn and 0-3 months so far. I honestly think I’m done shopping for newborn clothes at this point, except for socks, I need some socks. I’d love to get my hands on a pair of baby moccasins too, they’re all over interest and just darling. So anyhow, that’s what we have so far in terms of baby clothes that we were given or thrifted so far. It’s just such a relief to have things coming along what with only 10 weeks left before he’s here. I guess because I worry so much about everything being perfect. I didn’t use to be like this! It’s funny how my mom instincts seem to be setting in. xoxojess
At about 25 weeks pregnant I was no longer fitting comfortably into my pants or leggings anymore due to about a 15 pound weight gain (which about half happened around the holidays thanks to an unleashing of pastry and frozen yogurt cravings). I’d much rather buy baby things than maternity wear so I used several pairs of old leggings to re-make into maternity size. Other than these leggings I stay comfy in sweats and tees. I’ve found two maternity shirts while thrifting but I really have plenty of clothes right now that are loose and big enough to keep wearing.
Supplies: Leggings, stretchy jersey type tank top or material, sewing machine, scissors.
I cut the elastic waist off the leggings and simply sewed the tank top on as the new waistband. I’m not going to try to explain exactly how I did this because I don’t really know and it certainly is not a professional job, but it works for me and after 2 wears the leggings have held up fine. The tank top material is stretchy enough to hold up the pants even while out doing errands. I cut the straps off the tank and left enough material so that I could fold it over like yoga pants or hike it up over the bump. What do you think about diy maternity? It sure beats buying new in my book and it’s a great way to save your baby $ budget for the important things. xoxojess